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How to change the menu font size and tools size in Photoshop (CS5 for 4K monitor)?

New Here ,
Mar 25, 2016 Mar 25, 2016

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Hello, does anyone know how to change the font size in the menu and also tools size in Photoshop? I just got a 4K display for Windows PC and everything is very small.

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 25, 2016 Mar 25, 2016
UI scaling for Windows was only introduced into the Cloud version of Photoshop in version CC 2014.Photoshop: Introducing scale the UI 200% for high-density displays for Windows | Photoshop Family Customer Community‌There won't be any UI scaling available for non-Cloud versions. You'll have to lower the resolution of your monitor.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 25, 2016 Mar 25, 2016

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Photoshop version?

If CC, check Preferences > Interface, and make sure the UI is set to 200%.  If CS6 or earlier, you are out of luck I am afraid.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 26, 2017 Dec 26, 2017

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This was very helpful however 200 % is way to huge.  Too bad this isn't customizabler

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 26, 2017 Dec 26, 2017

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CjAshwal  wrote

This was very helpful however 200 % is way to huge.  Too bad this isn't customizable

There has been talk of other UI sizes providing you are using CC, so hold on and keep your fingers crossed

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Dec 26, 2017 Dec 26, 2017

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Yes I am CC and can't wait. 

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New Here ,
Mar 25, 2016 Mar 25, 2016

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I am using CS5.....

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Mar 25, 2016 Mar 25, 2016

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UI scaling for Windows was only introduced into the Cloud version of Photoshop in version CC 2014.

Photoshop: Introducing scale the UI 200% for high-density displays for Windows | Photoshop Family Cu...

There won't be any UI scaling available for non-Cloud versions. You'll have to lower the resolution of your monitor.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 25, 2016 Mar 25, 2016

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pedrod12597 wrote:

I am using CS5.....

Do you still have your old monitor?  If you have the desk space, set up both monitors, and use the old monitor for the menus panels and toolbar, and the new monitor for the image.  You should be able to save that as a custom workspace.

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New Here ,
Feb 13, 2018 Feb 13, 2018

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How come they don't do this for all apps? Like does Illustrator have this option? I tried to look for it but did not find it...

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New Here ,
Aug 30, 2018 Aug 30, 2018

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I used this instruction 2 minutes ago, and it works perfectly:

Adobe App Scaling on High DPI Displays (FIX) | Dan Antonielli

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New Here ,
Jan 29, 2021 Jan 29, 2021

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The best solution here. Thank you.

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New Here ,
Dec 14, 2020 Dec 14, 2020

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I just found a solution for Adobe CS5, and wanted to share. For context, I recently got a laptop with an inbuilt 4K display, and the text/icons in Photoshop were far too small to be usable. The registry hack did not work for me, but I found the below did - not to mention was much simpler.

 

1. Go to the executable Photoshop file (C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64 Bit))

2. Right click on it, and select 'Properties'

3. On the 'Compatibility' tab, click 'Change Settings for All Users'

4. Click 'Change High DPI Settings'

5. In the 'High DPI Scaling Override' section, select the 'Override High DPI Scaling Behavior' box

6. Underneath 'Scaling Performed By', select 'System'

7. Photoshop should now open and scale correctly

 

Hope this is helpful to someone!

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New Here ,
Dec 24, 2020 Dec 24, 2020

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Thanks for the help. I had just upgraded computers and the Photoshop defaults were way too small. Your fix was very helpful. Thanks.

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New Here ,
Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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Thanks a lot ! You rock !

Your solution is really easy to take in place. It's works for me too.

You are saving my eyes ^^.

Have a great day.

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New Here ,
Apr 20, 2021 Apr 20, 2021

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This was very helpful.  However, for my CS5 version, I had to go to the Photoshop executable file "Photoshop.exe" inside the Adobe Photoshop CS5 folder you mentioned and right click it to find a "Compatibility" Tab in which I could follow your solution directions.  That worked great!  I can now read the menu fonts when I open the application!  Thanks a lot.

Bob

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New Here ,
Jul 24, 2021 Jul 24, 2021

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Man,

You are a life saver !!

I got SC6 and it did work for me,

Thamk you much.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 24, 2021 Jul 24, 2021

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Why would you buy a 4K monitor then use options to make Photoshop work at low detail? If you pay for a leading edge monitor a photographer surely wants the detail they paid for - so just pay to get your apps as up to date as your hardware! 

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