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Tiny application icons on high dpi screen

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    Tiny application icons on high dpi screen


    I purchased a new notebook with a high dpi screen (3200x1800)..

    My application icons are TINY, I can barely see them!

    I have tried to up the 'make larger' under screen resolution, but that only
    worked with the fonts/text in the application menus (not the icons)..

    See an example with Sony Vegas here:

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    can this be solved? Office apps scale correctly, IE scales correctly, but most others do not
    (adobe, Sorenson squeeze, sony vegas, etc)..

    Help!

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    Welcome to the world of high resolution screens. It seems lots of people just assume/expect that higher is better, but don't realize that things like you mention here are going to happen.

    For example, on my MacBookPro, the retina display says it's 2560x1600. But on a 13" screen, that would really prove unusable. Thus, the Mac runs a 1280x800 with the pixels doubled, so it's extremely sharp, but things are much larger on the screen. I personally don't like things that big at all, so I run a scaled resolution of 1680x1050. That's my happy medium between quality and high resolution.
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    Hello 3DPiper,

    You might play with using a higher DPI percentage setting to make everything appear larger to see if that may help. You could use step 6 or 7 in OPTION ONE of the tutorial below to do so. I'd try 125% first.

    DPI Scaling Size - Change for Displays in Windows 8.1

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Thanks guys,

    As I said, I have already played with the 'make everything bigger' option, but that only affects the fonts/text.. The app icons do not change..

    I believe this is a scaling issue within the app itself.

    For instance, if I set an external manifest for an adobe program and tell it that the program NOT dpiaware, it does in fact scale up all icons and text..

    Apparently this was a known problem and adobe has fixed it with an update for their mac apps and the windows users are waiting for theirs..

    EDIT: Aha! Yes, if I edit the manifest in Vegas and tell it dpiAware is FALSE, everything scales correctly.. See here:

    http://i60.tinypic.com/dcsk29.jpg

    so is this a Windows 8 issue, or a program issue?
    Last edited by 3DPiper; 18 Apr 2014 at 11:47.
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    If you increase the DPI to 125 or 150%, everything gets bigger.
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    Uh, no.. That's the whole point of this thread.. On High DPI screens, program interface icons are NOT scaling up.. My DPI was already set to %200 because W8 recognized the high dpi screen.. Everything looked great but the icons (see above)
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    3DPiper,

    Did you already try this below to make everything bigger in the modern UI?

    "Make everything on your screen bigger" - Turn On or Off
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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by 3DPiper View Post
    Uh, no.. That's the whole point of this thread.. On High DPI screens, program interface icons are NOT scaling up.. My DPI was already set to %200 because W8 recognized the high dpi screen.. Everything looked great but the icons (see above)
    Sorry but I don't know what you are referring to on your screenshot. All I see is a grey mush. I have only 40% eyesight.

    The icons in the taskbar I can clearly see and those seem to be bigger than at 100%.
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    Did you already try this below to make everything bigger in the modern UI?

    Everything in the modern desktop works fine.. Most apps in the regular desktop work fine as well (Office apps, etc).. Adobe apps and others do not.. These are all on the standard desktop, not the modern desktop.

    The "make everything bigger" makes everything bigger EXCEPT the program UI icons.. There is a scaling issue either with windows or the program itself, I don't know which.

    Sorry but I don't know what you are referring to on your screenshot. All I see is a grey mush. I have only 40% eyesight.
    The icons in the taskbar I can clearly see and those seem to be bigger than at 100%.

    It is not the icons in the taskbar, it is the icons for the programs user interface.. Check this pic:

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    The icon sections in red are what I see when I set dpiAware to FALSE and are the proper scaled size.. They are located near the icon sections that are mega tiny by default (dpiAware=TRUE)..
    Clearly, there is a scaling issue..
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    3DPiper,

    That's what we needed to be clarified. Unfortunately, the icons in the program's UI is controlled by the program and not Windows.

    Hopefully that program will have an updated version that will display better soon. You might contact the app's developer to see what they have to say about a future update for this.
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