Adobe App Scaling on High DPI Displays (FIX)

I recently purchased a new Yoga 2 Pro with a gorgeous 3200 x 1800 display. My main purposes for this device was to do some heavy lifting on the the road with many of my professional applications. I was quickly discouraged when I first fired up Fireworks, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Illustrator to find that I needed a magnifying glass to see simple menu options.


There is the simple solution of downing the resolution to 1600 x 900 and changing the scaling to 100%, but you cut your gorgeous display down to a quarter of its previous glory…and that’s not the point.

SO! Rather than change a bunch of setting every time I needed to use a few apps by Adobe, I started to seek out a better solution without much luck.

Root of the problem:

Short answer: Adobe.

Long answer: When the apps load, Windows asks if the app is High DPI aware and these apps answer “yes”. Which is why you end up with an interface for ants.

The solution:

Have the app tell Windows that it is not DPI aware and let it scale everything properly. (Granted, this is not the ideal solution, but it does make the apps usable again)

How it is done:

  1. Tell Windows to look for an external manifest file.
  2. Create the external manifest files.

Step 1: Tell windows to prefer an external manifest file


As always, make sure you backup your registry and tread lightly in this area. We are just going to add one line. This is VERY simple. Do not be intimidated.

  1. Press  Windows Button + R, type “regedit”, and then click OK.
  2. Navigate to the following registry subkey:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersionSideBySide
  3. Right-click, select NEW > DWORD (32 bit) Value
  4. Type PreferExternalManifest, and then press ENTER.
  5. Right-click PreferExternalManifest, and then click Modify.
  6. Enter Value Data and select Decimal.
  7. Click OK. Exit Registry Editor.

For reference, here is a link to a Microsoft support file on the topic:

Step 2: Create and place the external manifest files

Now comes the fun part.  You will just have to copy your manifest file to all of the application folders that you would like to change the scaling on. For example, Photoshop.exe is located at: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 Bit) and I created a manifest file in text editor named photoshop.exe.manifest to place in that folder. 


Here is a link to a txt file with the manifest code: manifest.txt

For Windows to use the external manifest file, you will have to change the name of the the file to the executable of the application.

Here are the files I created for my machine (Right-click and save to use on your machine):

Now place this file in the same directory as your executable. All of the ones listed above are are in pretty straight forward locations like C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe or C:\Program Files\Adobe.

That is it! It should look great now. No need to reboot or change anything else.


UPDATE July 2015: This solution also works with Windows 10!

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736 comments to Adobe App Scaling on High DPI Displays (FIX)

  • Kyle Walters

    This did the trick, thank you. Very easy and clear instructions to follow.

  • Dreni

    Man you are my hero, thanks a million for this fix

  • […] So how to fix this? Well, we need to tell the application to double-scale or zoom everything by 200% by creating app manifest file. For a step-by-step on how to do this, please check out this blog –> […]

  • Lucy

    Thank you SO much, this worked just right and you had excellent instructions. Shame on you Adobe, for making things so hard, but Bravo Bravo to you Dan for helping us all in such a simple way, when one considers the immense headache this has been giving SO many people.

  • Glad I could help you guys out. Thanks for visiting!

  • john

    wow, such a simple solution, and works perfectly! thank you!!

  • MP

    Can not believe how great your solution is! Many thanks, you are a life saver! Can it be done for some other applications, for example Fast Stone image viewer?

  • I have no experience with that application. You can try it yourself. Just rename one of the .manifest files and place it in the same folder as that applications .exe

  • lucy

    I am using this workaround on photoshop CS6, (thanks!) windows 8.1, laptop screen resolution 2560 x 1440

    One issue I am having is that the images you are working with will have a “pixellated” look (much like the menus text does, which is now readable but not full-res looking) regardless of whether you are working with a large (i.e. big pixel dimensions) image or not, and regardless of how far one is magnified in or out.

    Although this might be the tradeoff for being able to actually read the menus in PhotoshopCS6, I am curious if this is the same experience others are having with this workaround?

    Is there anything anyone else has tried that helps compensate this aspect of the workaround?

    Again, I recognize that editing the manifest files is an unauthorized “quick fix” and not the ideal way to get this to happen, so understandable there would be some “fallout” related to fixing this way.

    Thanks everyone.

  • This is why I put “Granted, this is not the ideal solution, but it does make the apps usable again” in the article.

    It is just scaling everything up, but you will not have a true 1:1 representation of pixels.

  • Adeel

    Man, you are a genius!!!


    A very simple solution i found is to create an environmental variable with the name “UI_SCALE_FACTOR” and set its value to 1.25 It works like a charm!!

  • Adam

    Thank you very much for sharing this. Worked like a charm.

  • jon l

    Wow! Thanks Dan! 5 Minute Fix to a serious problem. Thank you for taking the time and effort to help others.

  • Hi Dan .gonna give it a whirl , any success on the Autodesk platform mainly Max and Maya?

  • Anish

    Thanks Dan!!!! the code also works on Autodesk products (im using it to run autocad and revit)

  • I get an error message that says “The system cannot find the file specified.” I’m running Windows 7 Home Premium and Photoshop CS5 (64-bit).

    Is there anything obvious that I’m doing wrong?

    Help is greatly appreciated…

  • charles chen

    Still have some problems. I’m working with PS, Illustrator, Indesign CC on PC. The method works well with Illustrator and Indesign. But, PS cant be opened because of “file cannot be specified”. Another thing, when I set the OS custom text DPI to 150%, in Illustrator and Indesign, I cannot click on the pop-up window (e.g. create a new document) to set value, which only allows me to use the Tab key to move among the highlighted value. Could you fix this? Thx a lot.

  • john

    oh my god…this super…thanks a million…can i do this solution for any other programs that i have similar issues with ?
    Lenovo x1 carbon 2014 user…

  • john

    there is a program called Metatrader 4 (very popular to forex industry) is there any fix for that? it has the same issue with photosop.

  • john

    there is a program called Metatrader 4 (very popular to forex industry) is there any fix for that? it has the same issue with photoshop.

  • Thanks for figuring out this fix and sharing it. I was about to return the Lenovo Y50 4k, and get the 1080 version, just because of the Adobes High dpi issue.

  • Matt

    Dan, thank you so much! This is a fantastic tutorial that I will definitely inform my peers of. You are a hero to owners of high-DPI screens.

  • Matt

    I was able to use this on AutoCAD, Adobe Reader, and Google SketchUp as well as various other programs.

  • john

    hey Matt. Nice to hear that you can do this for other programs as well. is it possible to tell me as well how do you do it ? Thanks in advance

  • Matt

    Hey john, the process works exactly as described for other programs. First open up the registry and be very careful to make the exact changes as specified in the tutorial. Just copy and paste the text from his “manifest.txt” file into notepad, save it as a .manifest file (select “any type” in the drop-down menu) and name it the .exe file for the program you want to adjust. For example, in the case of AutoCAD (Acad.exe), you would save it as “Acad.exe.manifest”. Then, move the file into the same folder as the executable. (Acad.exe). This should solve the scaling issues.

  • john works…thank you sooo much guys…i was at a point of throwing away my laptop…thanks again.

  • Folks – sorry to repeat a comment, but this post is the closest thing I’ve seen to a solution, and yet it’s not working for me. When I follow the above instructions and then run the application, I get “The system cannot find the file specified.” I’m running Windows 7 Home Premium and the app I’m trying to fix is Photoshop CS5 (64-bit).

    Can anyone tell me what I’m doing wrong? Does something need to be tweaked in the Manifest file? A setting/permission on the app? Something else in the registry?

    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

    -Brian Greenberg

  • Emil

    Thanks, it helped my Sketchup file, but it is now quite blurred in the program. Can this be fixed too?

  • Shane

    Works great. Makes Premier usable on my Surface Pro 3.

  • Jamie

    I followed the instructions and rebooted my surface pro 3 and don’t see any changes in the size of text or icons 🙁 Don’t know what I did incorrectly or missed:(

  • Rich K.

    Thank you for this fix. I followed these same instructions for Revit 2014 and it worked perfectly!!!!

  • D000D

    Thank you for this tip. This sounds like a great solution for the programs mentioned, but will it work for other apps with similar scaling problems (like Microsoft Streets & Trips and Quicken)? If so, do I just rename the manifest file and place it in the same directory as the corresponding executable file? Are any other changes required in the manifest file.

  • D000D

    I tried to make this work for Photoshop Elements 11 on Windows 8.1, but I’m getting the “The application was unable to start correctly….” error. I suspect it is some kind of permission problem, or I’m not putting the manifest file in the correct location.

    Photoshop Elements on Windows 8.1 is started from a link that has “C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Elements 11 Organizer\Photoshop Elements 11.0.exe” as the target application. So, I put a copy of the “Photoshop.exe.manifest” file provided above and renamed it to “Photoshop Elements 11.0.exe.manifest”. I put this manifest file in the “C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Elements 11 Organizer\” folder.

    Any suggestions?

    Thank you.

  • Rachel

    Worked great for Photoshop and Illustrator worked great but for my primary need, Dreamweaver, it doesn’t seem to work. 🙁 The Photoshop and Illustrator are in the adobe x86 folder vs the Dreamweaver which is in the regular Adobe file.

  • John

    Brilliant. Simply Brilliant!

  • Lena

    Thanks a lot

    Have a nice night

  • This worked!! Thank you very much Dan!! Strange though I only had to paste the Photoshop manifest in there and it changed all the creative suite programs as well. No complaints about that other than Adobe Bridge was left unchanged and still with ant-sized text. I tried doing a bridge.exe.manifest but couldn’t find where to past it other than in the 64 bit adobe file in the bridge folder…but it didn’t work. Is the 32 bit vs 64 bit critical? I am assuming so but I can’t find a Bridge folder anywhere in the 32 bit adobe folder. What am I missing? Also, is this workaround affecting image sharpness for when I need to edit my photography work at all or does it only affect the menu items?

    Thanks again Dan!

  • luis

    YOU ARE THE MAN !!!!!!!!!

    Thanks, my GF new laptop now runs the programs she need for work !!

    Thanks a lot

  • Tate

    Thanks a lot!

  • Brian

    Thanks a bunch for this… I’ve been trying to find out how to do something like this with CS6 for a while now since I got a larger display for Christmas. Works for me. Hopefully since I work in coding and not graphics I won’t find the scaling to be a turnoff like others are finding.

  • les

    its still not working 4 me do you have to put in to winsows to is so where thax

  • les

    its still not working 4 me do you have to put in to winsows to is so where thax sorry to be a pane

  • mohammad

    Thank you, It works, but I have 2 issues:
    1. It does not work for Illustrator.
    2. Photoshop and Dreamweaver are shown blurry.

    please aware me about the solution

  • Beau

    Thought I was going to have to return my new 4k screen laptop. This works perfectly. Can’t thank you enough

  • Hai

    Thank you so much for this. I just got a Dell XPS 15 today and was gutted how Photoshop didn’t work at all at this resolution. Exactly the fix I needed, thanks so much!

  • mohammad

    Hi, I’ve solved Illustrator problem.. The only important problem is everything is shown blurry. Windows has not this problem and icons, text, etc everything is sharp but in many programs like Photoshop all the things are blurry !

  • Elle

    This is a great work-around, is there any chance for a Flash manifest? Thank you

  • Jorn

    Great fix for Lego Mindstorm EV3 Home Edition LapView. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

  • st

    I can not get this to work. Regedit keeps changing to hexidecimal and I get a app will not run error?

  • Hai


    Thanks for this tip! It worked really well until today, when suddenly all the apps have tiny icons again 🙁 Do you know what could be the problem?



  • I just got my Dell xps 15 and ran into this frustrating problem, I had given up all hope until I found this solution, so thank you! I did notice that I had to reboot my system for the changes to take effect, so if anyone is not seeing it work right away, definitely try restarting.

  • st

    Does not work on surface pro 3. Application error “will not run”.

  • RG

    It doesn’t work for me, or I don’t do it properly. I created the photoshop.exe.manifest file and cut of the .manifest part, so it became an application. I then placed it in C:/Program files (x86)/adobe/adobe photoshop CS6 (the same place where the original photoshop.exe file is located. It didn’t say that it could not be copied or anything and it is sitting right below the orignal photoshop.exe, but when I start photoshop it still is as tiny as ever.

    What am I doing wrong? I followed the first steps with easy and everything is what it’s supposed to be.. I must be doing something wrong with the placing of the file.

  • RG

    NEVERMIND!! I tried it again and now I got it working!!!!

    Thanks sooo f’ing much for this fix! You’re my hero!!

  • RG

    NEVERMIND!! I got it working. It is soo amazing.
    Most epic thanks to you! You’re the best!!

  • David

    Thank you. I will be keeping my xps 15 — One tip, I was having trouble with Premiere until i realized it is is called Adobe Premiere Pro and not just premiere.
    This is fabulous.

  • David

    for using .manifest-File ensure file is in UTF-8

  • Tim

    Thank you Dan, you saved me from returning my new dell XPS. Simple and effective, appreciate you sharing.

  • zigg

    Thank´s for this smart solution!! Shame on Adobe, they did´nt even try to help,
    just trying to sell CS7………

  • Aman

    Thank you for solving this problem. But this leads to another problem in my Photoshop as brush color flow out of the shape and same problem when I use eraser tool. How to fix this now?

  • Mike

    Is this supposed to work with just CS6? Because I have Photoshop CC, followed all of your instructions & it did not work. Thanks.

  • Mike

    Is this supposed to work with just CS6? Because I have Photoshop CC, followed all of your instructions & it did not work. Thanks.

  • Jonathan

    Brilliant! I made my own for After Effects too, just by changing the filename. Thanks so much this is a godsend.

  • Chris


    Great post, Dan. Thank you. I, like a few others here, am having trouble with it though and I think I’ve identified what the problem is. I’m running CS5 on Windows 8.1 and I noticed after modifying that new registry file that the setting keeps changing from Decimal back to Hexadecimal. Other than that, I followed your instructions perfectly, so I figure this Hexadecimal setting is the problem.

    Any ideas anybody?

    Thank you!

  • yungerdaddy

    huge, huge help. can’t believe photoshop 6 (or 5) could be this dumb. thank you for letting us see what we’re doing again.

  • Kyle

    Surface Pro 3 – Windows 8.1 – Photoshop CS6

    No change, still tiny.

    I noticed in Regedit when I attempt to change the value to 1 and then to “decimal” it appears to save the value correctly, however if I go back in and look, it’s been changed back to “hexidecimal”.

    I saw one other person post about this same issue. Does anyone have a solution? Thanks!

  • Kyle

    Nevermind, got it working!

    Figured out that I needed to specify in windows that Notepad should be used to open the Photoshop.exe.manifest file. For any newbies like me = save it as a .txt file. Fixed it just fine. (Sorry, new to registry edits)

    Thanks for the post!

  • Domenico


    I have the same problem, It keeps giving me the base on hexadecimal even if i change it on decimal. Can anybody help me?

  • Glad this fix is helping so many. Thank you for the kind comments.

    If you are experiencing issues, please list the following:
    – OS Version (x86, x64)
    – App Name
    – App Version (CS6, CS5)

    Note: If you are using CC, there is now an advanced option in preferences for 200% scale.

  • Domenico

    I have a DELL precision 3800 with a 3200×1800 resolution:

    – Windows PRO 8.1 (x64)
    – Autocad, Phtoshop.
    – 2015, CS6.

    I noticed that I can’t change the base from hexadecimal to decimal. I have the same problem of @Kyle:

    “I noticed in Regedit when I attempt to change the value to 1 and then to “decimal” it appears to save the value correctly, however if I go back in and look, it’s been changed back to “hexidecimal”.”

    I hope you can help me to solve this problem, It’s really stressing! Thank you!

  • Kyle

    Windows pro 8.1 (64)
    Photoshop CS6

    @Domenico I got it to work!

    Figured out in Regedit, it doesn’t matter if it’s decimal or hexidecimal, as long as the value is 1.

    Open everything you can with “run as administrator”. After making the change in Regedit, copy this code:



    – Open Notepad (run as administrator)

    – paste the code and save as:
    File name: photshop.exe.manifest
    Save as type: All Files

    (I saved mine in an empty folder on my desktop so I can just drag it over)

    – Place the file in Windows (C:)/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 Bit)

    – Then right click the file. Go to properties and change “Opens with:” to Notepad.
    { The “Type of file:” should still say MANIFEST (.manifest) }

    – Now in the folder it should be right under the Photoshop application file and have a Notepad icon.

    -Close everything and open CS6 with fingers crossed 🙂

  • Davec

    I note that people have used this with AutoCAD but I have not had any success with acad 2012, 2013 or 2014 on Win 7 Pro (x64) and I’m sure I’ve followed the instructions correctly. Has anyone used this fix successfully on Win 7 ?

  • Domenico

    @Kyle It worked!!! Thank you!!! AutoCAD and photoshop are ok now, the only problem is that they are a bit blurred but at least I don’t need my glasses anymore! I guess we supposed to wait QHD versione of the applications.

  • Cece


    I’m actually trying to do the opposite. I have a 1920×1080 resolution Windows 7 64 bit. When I open Indesign CS6 I cannot click on any button on the toolbar (e.g. when choosing fonts). I have to make the ants version again to make it work 🙂 Do you know how to solve this? I had this problem before but I can’t seem to remember what I did last time to solve this. Any help would be much appreciated!

  • Win

    Win 7 64x 1920×1080 resolution CS6 Photoshop and also have error as mentioned by others above “The system cannot find the file specified.” when opening Photoshop.
    Any help is greatly appreciated

  • Atilla. E

    Hello, this is a very ingenious solution, thanks.
    But I am having a problem with Autocad 2010.
    This is a Yoga 2 Pro, menus, buttons are so small that they cannot be used. When I create a “acad.exe.manifest” and put it in the same folder as the acad.exe, I get an error when I start the program:

    “The program can’t start because mfc90u.dll is missing from your computer.

    Has anyone encountered this error?

  • Dible

    Dude, thank you so much! Worked perfectly!

  • Tom

    Thank you so much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you for this note! You have just saved my Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro from a certain destruction as this Manifest file indeed does solve the problem with the Hi-DPI. : )

  • Richard Allen

    I am guy but may I have your babies. This is the solution I have been looking for for forever. Great work Genius man.

  • rhonda

    I am wondering for the adobe programs with space in the name ei: after effects, flash builder, content viewer, media encoder, widget browser, premier pro
    Do you name the file aftereffects.exe.manifest
    after effects.exe.manifest

  • Scott

    Adobe Premiere Pro.exe.manifest is the format and it works with CS5.5 so exact file format is required.

  • V

    Amazing! Thank you so much. Solved an issue I have been frustrated with for months.

  • marc

    great solution.
    works just fine.
    thank you 1000!

  • Jenny R

    First of all THANK YOU for publishing this. I have a Surface Pro 3 and while I kinda like all the workspace that a tiny interface frees up, it’s useless if the tools are too small to select.

    The manifest fix worked for the 64 bit version of Photoshop CS5, but not for the 32 bit. I don’t know if I care, but I thought it was odd. I used the same file, copied it in both folders, but one works and one doesn’t. I get the “Application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b)” error. If I delete the manifest file, it opens properly but has the tiny interface. Is it maybe the processor architecture info in the manifest file? I’m not the

  • Jenny R

    Oops, somehow sent before finishing… should end I’m not that sure of what all that XML is doing.

  • justin w

    thank you so much for this now i have got my adobe working. However i just cant get it working on autodesk maya at all, do you know where exactly should i place the file and what name do i need to change it to? thank you

  • Aditya

    hey i use yoga 3 pro! do i need a diff manifest file for bettwe magnification or the manifest provided is best ?

  • Brad

    This did not work for me. I am using Windows 7 and Photoshop CS6, I double checked that I did exactly what was described, but I am getting the same error that others have mentioned, “The system cannot find the file specified.” I see that nobody has responded with a solution to the others, so perhaps there is no solution?

  • All of the Manifest files are exactly the same. The only thing that is different is the file name. This is what it should look like in the application folder:


    If you are having issues, try the following:

    1) Make sure you have extensions showing.
    2) Make sure you are running everything as administrator.
    3) Try toggling on/off the “Disable display scaling on high DPI settings” under the apps Compatibility settings.
    4) Restart the system after the adjustments.
    5) Make sure your system is completely up to date through ‘Windows Update’.

    If everything above was done and double checked. The issue is most likely with the RegEdit portions. Either your adjustments are incorrect or not sticking.

    To be 100% certain that the issue is with the ‘manifest’ file. Remove or rename it (the .manifest file) in the app folder and launch the application.

    1) If the app launches properly. There is something wrong with the external manifest procedure.
    2) If the app runs the same error as with the manifest file. There is something wrong with your applications install.

  • Patrik Alexander

    Could it be that this does not work for CC – Creative Suite?. I tried for Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 in an Windows 7 Pro 64Bit System.
    Unfortunately it does not work at all. The scale up function to 200% from Adobe is Bullshit and is no solution at all.
    Adobe does not seem to have a solution even for there CC products now and also not in near future.

  • Juliet

    I followed the same for Autocad 2015. It worked, however when i open drawing from my folder, warning will showed up, saying that “AutoCAD requires 1024 by 768 resolution or higher to run.” Then i will need to re-open again, then only it will opened.
    Any solution? Please help.

  • Rachael

    I’m using a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, Windows 8.1, Photoshop Elements 10. I tried following the instructions and saved the manifest file to match with Elements exe file, but nothing changed.

    I just bought this computer yesterday, but I have to be able to use Elements….can anyone help?? Pretty please?!?!

  • foo

    Not working for CS4 Illustrator for me. I get an error saying:

    Runtime Error!

    Program c:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Ill…

    An application has made an attempt to load the C runtime library incorrectly.
    Please contact the application’s support team for more inforation

  • Rohan Makhecha

    i tried this for premiere pro cc but pro.exe.manifest does not work does anyone know the new name?

  • Pauline

    It works for my MetaTrader 4 on Lenovo Yoga 3 as well,
    Thank you so much, Dan, Matt and John,
    You guys are like angles ~~~ >v<

  • Adobe Premiere Pro.exe.manifest

    Exactly as above

  • Chris

    This worked great! Only tried it with Adobe Illustrator CS6 (64 bit) so far but it worked perfectly! When I got my Dell XPS 15 with a QHD display (3200 x 1800) I was excited to use Adobe until I realized everything was tiny! Thanks a lot for this fix!

  • giuseppe P.

    Thank you so much, Dan, Matt and John, it works perfectly on Asus Zenbook Nx500 -Windows pro 8.1 (64)
    for Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 (64 Bit), but not with Premiere Pro CC 🙁

  • giuseppe P.

    Edit : toggling off the “Disable display scaling on high DPI settings” under the apps Compatibility settings now works also with Premiere Pro CC 😉
    Thank you so much


    Hi, just want to leave a comment for those who left messages stating they were using CS5 and it was still failing.

    Let me begin by stating my specs: Yoga 2, Res 3200X1800, Windows 8.1, CS5.

    This process works to a T but only for 64bit, fails under 32bit. However, please know that, as stated earlier, this is not a perfect solution. It basically looks like CS5 under 1600X900.

    For those who could not achieve this effect, please see the following work maybe stupid but it achieves that exact same result for CS5.

    Change your screen resolution to 1600X900..sign out and sign in…open CS5…and then change your screen resolution back to 3200X1800…

    Real stupid right?? It’s because it is…

  • Brad S.

    For those of you complaining that Adobe doesn’t support high DPI in CS5 or 6, old software that is 4 or 5 years old simply doesn’t support the latest and greatest hardware. It’s like this with most publishers, and most software that old isn’t going to adapt well to 4k or other high DPI configurations.

    The Windows operating system is still lagging behind on scaling support, Windows 7 is abysmal, 8 is a bit better, and 10 should be better still. You should really be running Windows 8 if you want the most up to date scaling controls, but if you’re not prepared to also upgrade your Adobe software, to CC in this case, don’t upgrade your display hardware.

    The scaling features in CC work quite well in most applications, save for Bridge, which hasn’t seen an update in quite some time. On my 32″ 4K, at 150% percent scaling in Windows 8.1, the experimental scaling in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc. works very good. The application looks exactly as it would at more normal resolutions.

  • Great job! Thanks so much. Very clear and sharp! Alejandri, from Argentina! y50-70 4k 15″ lenovo laptop Win 8.1

  • Li Gardiner

    Mac is either also lagging behind, or Adobe is. I am a digital illustrator and graphic designer. I have had NO problem using Adobe software until now. I have been using Illustrator and Photoshop since Illustrator 88 and Photoshop 1, and I use CS5.5 about 12 hours a day.

    I just installed CS6 on a brand new 27-inch iMac with a “native” resolution of 2560 x 1440. I do very detailed work, and hoped that the new screen would improve my productivity.

    But I can no longer use Photoshop and Illustrator. I literally cannot SEE the tool icons. I can barely read the menu text in spite of setting it to the “largest” size. I don’t know what to do. I have to let my assistant use the new iMac and go back to the one from 2010. Any suggestions?

  • Brad S.

    Li, a 27″ at 2560 x 1440 is only a little higher in pixel density than a 24″ at 1920 x 1080. Yes, visually things are going to appear smaller, but only by about 18%. It’s an incredibly common monitor size and native resolution now. You shouldn’t have too many problems with CS6, or any software for that matter. Most applications are going to scale the same way. Some applications have scaling options. However, CS6 does not support any scaling. If you want a UI that scales to the latest hardware, you need to use CC. Adobe will not be supporting high resolution monitors with CS6.

  • Li Gardiner

    Dear Brad —

    Thank you so much for your response. To clarify, I was asking for advice on increasing the Adobe UI scale on the Mac because I cannot see the tools, regardless of what I “ought” to be able to see.

    I use a 27-inch monitor in both cases. The older iMac is set to 1920×1080 and still looks sharp. Unfortunately, reducing the monitor resolution on the higher-res Retina monitor creates distortions and halos, so that is not an option and I had to leave it alone.

    But the CS6 menus and tools are now reduced in size by 66%! I quite literally cannot SEE them. They are too small. . . I truly don’t know if that’s an arrow or a pencil unless I remember its position in the toolbox. Changing Brightness, Contrast, Interface and Accessibility text sizes do not help in the slightest.

    So do you know of a way to scale the Adobe UI on a Mac? Are you suggesting that it IS possible with Creative Cloud? I would be grateful for any advice.

  • Brad S.

    Li, the interface being that small leads me to believe there’s something else amiss somewhere. It should be a bit smaller, but not that bad. I don’t know enough about Macs these days to know if there is a scaling setting somewhere in either the Adobe preferences or in the OS itself. That being said, yes, Creative Cloud does have a 200% scaling feature for the UI for high DPS displays. It looks great on my 32 inch 4K, but I can’t comment on how it would look on a 27″ iMac. Might be a bit big. I would see if you can’t get more info from the Adobe forums if I were you.

  • Dave Brown

    Dan; nice work; thank you very much.

    Brad S., yes the software is old, but they still sell it. CS6 clearly has a bug in that it reports being DpiAware when it very evidently is not. If nothing else, Adobe could fix that flag in their CS6 applications so that this work-around their error was no longer needed.

  • Dave Brown

    Dan; nice work; thank you very much.

    You’d mentioned: 3) Try toggling on/off the “Disable display scaling on high DPI settings” under the apps Compatibility settings.

    This setting should definitely be off. I had it on so I could drag windows to a regular monitor (LoDpi?) to read them when necessary. (When it is off, Windows downsamples so that the LoDpi physical sizes match the HiDpi, making them even less readable.) Turning this on disables the font scaling done for non-aware apps on HiDpi screens.

    Brad S., yes the software is old, but they still sell it! CS6 clearly has a bug in that it reports being DpiAware when it very evidently is not. If nothing else, Adobe could fix that flag in their CS6 applications so that this work-around to compensate for their error was no longer needed.

  • Sverre

    Hi D000D and Rachel.
    To make this work with Photoshop elements, you need to name the manifest file
    and place it inside ther \Adobe\Photoshop Elements 12 folder.
    The folder might have a strange icon, but it still behaves like a folder.

  • Heron

    Awesome! Thanks 🙂

  • Jia Jian

    it’s work! thks so much…but i cannot do this for my after effects and premiere pro…can you provide the file as well? =D

  • I am trying to get this to work with premiere but it doesn’t seem to work. Do you have any suggestions?

  • GrumpyPants

    Worked great! Thank you!

    The manifest file IS case sensitive to the .exe file, so be sure to match them up exactly.

    For Premiere, it has to match the exact exe file like this…. “Adobe Premiere Pro.exe.manifest”

    Mine works great on all apps I have used.

    Hope that helps!

  • Skip

    Awesome work Dan! Is there text within the manifest file that can be changed to tweak the resolution even more. Your solution worked great for me but now the menus and fonts are just a bit TOO big in my programs (Yoga 2 is set to 3200×1800).

  • Copatlarge

    Followed instructions to a tee.. didn’t work. Tried again.. still didn’t work. Using PhototShop CS5.1… Programs open correctly but the title bars still too small to see..


  • RoBog

    Wow. Can I buy you a beer? Works perfectly for me with Windows 8.1 with a brand new 3840×2160. You took a brand new laptop that was useless to me in one of its most important functions and made it feel like a value. Thanks

  • PDOG

    Worked on Adobe Photoshop CC 14.2 on an ASUS laptop ux303 at 3200×1800 resolution running Windows 10 Technical Preview. Yes the menu gets slightly ‘blurry’ but this not make the images you are working with blurry. My Photoshop did NOT have Edit -> Preferences -> “experimental features” seems to not exist anymore, and trying to adjust it through the ‘operating system’ at maximum does not get anywhere near large enough. This was the ONLY solution that made things workable.

  • Mat

    Amazing job Dan, works a charm on all my Adobe and Autodesk products. Thanks 🙂

  • Simon

    Dan, OH DAN !
    Genius, thanks!

  • John

    Win7 x64… doesn’t work for any of the programs. The applications still run fine but there is no change. I even rebooted after the registry edit, just to be sure. I also edited the embedded manifest in the exe’s themselves, still didn’t work.

    I’m wondering if there is another setting that is conflicting with this… I’ve heavily tweaked this OS…

  • Adnan B

    Awesome solution! Thanks Dan.

    The only software that didn’t work is Arduino
    I’m running it on Windows 8.1.
    The main welcome screen is scaled right after copying the manifest file but when the software launches it’s in the same micro dimensions

    I’d appreciate any suggestions,


  • Adnan B

    Also, how should I handle built-in applications, such as Remote Desktop Connection?

  • vlado k

    Thank you very much for this solution, only problem i still have, that it is not working with after effects and premiere.
    someone any idea why?

    THX a lot

  • Joanne

    Thank you SO much for posting this fix. I’ve been so frustrated with my Yoga 2 Pro with so many applications that I simply couldn’t see properly. This will save me many headaches – literally.
    Works a treat with Adobe Lightroom, I shall now be able to start playing with the application as I originally intended.
    Thanks again.

  • Barb

    Thank you so much for this fix. Like many here, purchased a new laptop for the mobility and the only other fix was carry an additional monitor with me to do my work, not very mobile at all! Don’t know if you are still responding to the thread…Most of my programs are CS6, but Dreamweaver is 5.5. When applying the same fix I get an error missing mfc90u.dll, suggesting I reinstall DW. If I take the created manifest file away DW 5.5 opens but extremely small, so back to square one with DW. Extremely happy all others are working.

  • Alexandra Draxler

    Thanks ever so much. However, I need a walk-through for step 2 as I must have done something wrong. The file won’t execute. The computer it concerns is Lenovo Yoga 3, the application is EndNote X7, Windows 8 and OS x86. I don’t know where to find out about cs5 or cs6? Is that enough? Thanks again.

  • Fahim

    Thanks for the solution. It has been the best one I’ve tried so far.

    Are we (owners of computers with a 3200 x 1800 resolution) doomed to use these softwares with a blurry aspect?
    Or they might fix this in a near future?

    I ask this because I still have 2 days left to switch this computer for another one.
    Thanks again

  • Jim

    I tried it for Dreamweaver CC 2014 and I get a System Error message that says “The program can’t start because libcef.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.” ???

  • Ahmad

    It’s Work Great , Thank u soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo musch

  • Carey

    BLESS YOU!!! It worked.

  • Jim Pratt

    Is anyone having any success with Dreamweaver CC 2014? All I get is error messages. I uninstalled and reinstalled Dreamweaver and that didn’t help.

  • Dave azadi

    Thank you Dan.
    Amazing solution , thanks
    Any place we can donate anything, makes me happy to do it
    You dont know how happy you made me

  • “CC”

    You should not need to use this for CC. There is setting in preferences to do this from Adobe.

    “Living with HiDPI”

    I have been on HiDPI for over a year now and have not encountered too many problems. Definitely none that keep me from doing what I want to do.

    Moving forward, all new apps will scale properly. The only thing that you will be waiting for is Legacy application support. Unfortunately I don’t think it is going to come from Adobe, but others have already updated.

    Windows 10 has already taken some big steps to ease this transition.


    I have a PayPal donation widget on the sidebar. Please do not feel obligated to donate. The fact that I could help is thanks enough.

    “Thank you!”

    Thanks again for all of the kind words.

    “Questions & Troubleshooting”

    I feel like a lot of the same questions are being asked… So I will post this again.

    < ------------ RePost ----------->

    All of the Manifest files are exactly the same. The only thing that is different is the file name. This is what it should look like in the application folder:


    If you are having issues, try the following:

    1) Make sure you have extensions showing.
    2) Make sure you are running everything as administrator.
    3) Try toggling on/off the “Disable display scaling on high DPI settings” under the apps Compatibility settings.
    4) Restart the system after the adjustments.
    5) Make sure your system is completely up to date through ‘Windows Update’.

    If everything above was done and double checked. The issue is most likely with the RegEdit portions. Either your adjustments are incorrect or not sticking.

    To be 100% certain that the issue is with the ‘manifest’ file. Remove or rename it (the .manifest file) in the app folder and launch the application.

    1) If the app launches properly. There is something wrong with the external manifest procedure.
    2) If the app runs the same error as with the manifest file. There is something wrong with your applications install.

  • TabbyPaw

    Ok, so apparently it stripped the xml from my previous comment. Reposting:

    For those of you using OLDER VERSIONS of photoshop, you will need to edit the manifest file. I also got the “Runtime Error” – “The Application tried to load the C runtime incorrectly….” dialog when trying to start the program with the manifest.

    I’m using Photoshop CS3 (you can pry it from my cold, dead hands). The problem is that it’s using version 8 of the C runtime, whereas newer versions of photoshop use Version 9, which is specificed in Dan’s manifest file.

    To fix this problem, edit the manifest file that Dan posted. In the second “dependency” section, change the following values, and save the manifest when you’re done:


    Hope that helps.

  • Impresion.Digital.Grafimart

    Hey master guru: You really rocks!!! I installed this solution with Autocad 2015 64 bit under Win 8.1 64, using Dell 4K UP2414Q 24inch monitors and it works like a charm! After having all the secondary and on screen text menus messed up with scrambled font sizes over narrowed Windows, now all of them appear as they should!!! Thank you so much.

  • Milomannn

    My system is running as 64 bit, Windows 8. Should the instructions for directing windows to an external manifest or creating those files for programs be changed?

  • Churin

    I could implement this fix and am very very happy about it. Thanks a million. I attempted doing the same for Illustrator(x64) but got the following error:
    “The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. . . . “

  • Scott Johnson

    Thank you so much for this fix. In case some people are wondering, I dropped the manifest files into both my 64 and 32-bit folders (just in case). Here are the locations for the four programs.

    Adobe Illustrator:
    32-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS6\Support Files\Contents
    64-bit: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS6 (64 Bit)\Support Files\Contents\Windows

    Adobe Photoshop
    32-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6
    64-bit: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 Bit)

    Adobe Fireworks:
    32-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Dreamweaver CS6
    64-bit: n/a

    Adobe Dreamweaver:
    32-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Dreamweaver CS6
    64-bit: n/a

  • Churin

    Dan Antonielli:
    I recreated the manifest file tried it and it worked. Thanks for your help.

  • Jessica

    I just wanted to say thank you!! What a great, easy fix you’ve lined out. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Thank you so much for sharing this! I just purchased the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro and freaked out when I installed and opened Photoshop. Your instructions are straightforward and easy to follow. I’m so glad I found your post otherwise, I would be making a return and paying a restocking fee. Bravo!

  • […] I discovered this solution while I was browsing for a similar solution for Adobe Fireworks. Credit goes to original author. […]

  • Wow! I can use Adobe products again with my binoculars. Great fix!

  • WouterJ

    Hey, just wanted to let you know that this also works as a solution for the opposite issue Powerpoint has. It gets displayed too big, and when setting dpiaware to false, it gets displayed propperly.

  • The Dible

    You are the king! This works with solidworks for the yoga 2 Pro as well. Thank you! May your first child be a masculine child!

  • Melissa

    You are officially going to heaven, my dear, dear man! 🙂 Any solutions for making this work with the desktop Creative Cloud app — the one you download to your computer to get updates, download programs etc. ?

  • Sixten

    Thank you!

    it works like a charm with MetaTrader4 on a Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro. You made my day.

  • shaka

    And on the dell precision m3800/ dell xps 15 touch, does the manifest solution work for adobe cs6? thanks

  • Mische

    You, sir, are a miracle worker. Thank you!!!
    I have an additional question.

    I just bought 7000 series inspiron and the resolution is 3840 x 2160. Your solution made it possible to read the menu in PS5 but I’m noticing the the tools are off their mark. For example, I’m using the eraser tool and there’s a line I want to clean up. So placing the eraser right where I want to start erasing, it’s actually erasing a few millimeters to the left. It’s like the tool thinks its placed slightly left of where it actually is.

    Any thoughts on how I might fix this?

  • Bummer! I returned the Lenovo Yoga 2 for the same problem. Maybe I will go get another one, or look at other hi resolution display laptops. Thank you for the tip.

  • Thank you so much. It Works.

  • Neevar

    I tried on the 32bit folders and seems like all i get is “Application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b)”
    The 64bit folders are working fine.

    Someone help please?

  • Filip Van Tendeloo

    Wow, this was a real life saver. I have been struggling with this for the past couple of days. Thank you very much!!

  • Michael

    You are the best! This worked perfectly on my Surface Pro 3. I actually prefer this fix over the 200% scaling in 15.2.2. Thank you so much!

  • Sandy Simmons

    You have solved what has been hours of frustration. Thank you so much.
    Screw you Adobe!

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  • You saved my eyesight – thnx alot. Flash is having the same problem – Is there eventually a “flash.exe.manifest” file available?

  • Sommer

    Hi! Thanks so much it work out perfectly.

    I was wondering if there is a way to do this for my Vegas Pro 12.0. Every time I try to do it the same way I do with all the other adobe files it doesn’t seem to work.

    Your help would be much appreciated.

  • I shared your method in a post about this subject, thanks again. Here is the link to the post where this post is the “hero”:

  • Michael

    Worked like a champ for FastStone Image Viewer (someone else asked about this above)

  • Joep

    You are my hero, been looking for so long for a fix. Thanks a lot!!

  • This works with CorelDraw X6, which is the most non-compliant of applications. (I hear X7 is compliant, but I’m so pleased to be able to get this fixed without having to upgrade.) And with PySol, too. Thank you very much for your clear instructions and for teching the comments, too.

  • Mike

    Sir, you are a genius! Thank You. Works perfectly with Photoshop CS6 & Dreamweaver CS6 installed on Retina Display Mac Book Pro via BootCamp.

  • Heimi

    “Hero” and “Genius” they say, and I fully agree! Many thanks for this valuable information. It worked perfectly for Adobe FrameMaker 12 on an MS Surface Pro 3.
    Even without creating a manifest file, just the described additional entry in the registry made the required change on the appearance. Thanks Dan, I owe you!

  • minh

    Dear Dan, thanks for your sharing, bit what I need is a 150% UI scaling.

    EXCLUSIVE suggested on:
    August 19, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    A very simple solution i found is to create an environmental variable with the name “UI_SCALE_FACTOR” and set its value to 1.25 It works like a charm!!

    bit it doesn’t work. I can t enter the value data “.”
    I need a 150% scaling because a 100% is too small, a 200% is too big.
    Note: on Cintiq companion 2.

    thanks for your help.


  • Amy

    Dear Dan,

    I tried to use this fix with Photoshop CS5 and Windows 7 Professional on a Lenovo x1 Carbon but it doesn’t seem to work for me. After finishing the instructions, when I try open Photoshop, it says “The system cannot find the file specified.” Do you know if there is anything else I can try?

    Thank you very much!

  • Tom

    Looks like I am having the same issue as Brian, Bill, Jenny and Amy related to this solution not working for Photoshop CS5.

    I tried TabbyPaw’s suggestion above of modifying he manifest with the following, but that did not work either:


    Anyone have any other suggestion of how the manifest might be modified to work on CS5?

    Thanks a ton!
    – Tom

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  • Ian

    That is so cool. Thanks a bunch! I done it for Premiere.

    1 question: Is there any way to determine how much it scales everything? I understand when you say this allows it to scale everything properly, but it doesn’t look like it’s done it properly to me when compared to my other programs that scale themselves nicely without this manifest file. I think 70-80% of this scaling would look best for premiere.

    /fingers crossed

    Thanks again either way!

  • aja

    thank you, thank you, thank you Dan! you are a generous human being to share this information with the world.

  • Gordon

    Wow You are a genius. Now I can use CS6 again. It is obvious that Adobe don’t want to fix this so you have to use their CC version. Pretty dumb that Lightroom 5 work fine without this but CS6 does not work without this fix. Adobe tries to rule the work.

  • Robert

    You Sir are a dead set legend. Thanks so much for the help.
    Adobe: give this man a job.
    How did you learn how to do this kind of thing?

  • I don’t suppose you’d know how to do this in Linux windowing systems? Linux Mint 17 with Cinnamon does pretty well with HiDPI, but older apps get shrunk in the same way.

  • Gene

    This fix worked great for photoshop, but I was having problems getting it to work on Illustrator.
    After several tries using the Illustrator.exe.manifest file, I just copied the photoshop.exe.manifest file to a Notepad file and called it: illustrator.exe.manifest
    Then looking where to place it was also tricky. I finally found similar application files as shown in the photoshop example under the following for Adobe Illustrator:
    OS (C):
    Program Files
    Adobe Illustrator
    Support Files

    I placed the (illustrator.exe.manifest ) notepad file in the Windows file ( you will see many files with the .dll extension there) and opened up Adobe Illustrator. Now both Photoshop and Illustrator are viewable and much more easy to work with. I hope this helps others to use this very helpful solution.

  • Ozdemirhan Sercin

    Thank you very very much.
    I made my research article figures using illustrator on my Dell XPS9530 and had very hard time with the screen 3200×1800 and no scaling, but your instructions really helped me, I wish I found this website earlier, but still.
    Thank you very very much!

  • Josh

    IT WORKED! Thank you so much for your solution!

  • Thank you Dan, you are a hero. I’ve successfully tried this on my ThinkPad T540p 3K display (2880×1620) with two other essentials: SQL Server Management Studio (yes, even Microsoft can’t get their own mission critical software working properly on HiDPI) and WinSCP. Brilliant.

    I’m curious to know how you worked this out. It’s a pretty arcane technique!

  • Thanks for this! It worked great for me on my Surface Pro 2 with Flash CS6 as well as Toon Boom Storyboard Pro! It did NOT however work with the new Flash CC 2015 update that just came out and I’m not sure why. Maybe it has something to do with the manifest looking globally and there are two Flash.exe files on my hard drive? Anyway, it didn’t work

  • Bubel

    Did`nt worked for 1366×768 resolution, Win8 32,no errors, apps just loading as they before (manifests are working because if they wiil be tweaked – they will give an error) I guess this because my resolution too low and does not match some criteria, but I would like some of my programs works in 2X scale (pixel art editors)

  • Just confirming that this is working perfectly on PHOTOSHOP CC2015, on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2, Win 8.1 64 bit.

    And it *IS* necessary. The 200% option in Photoshop makes the icons far too big, and they spill off the bottom of the screen. Your hack seems to scale things to around 125%. Which is perfect.

    Thank you so much for this hack, and for making it sooooooo easy to use. I appreciate your generosity.

    Blue skies

  • Brab

    Has anybody gotten this to work on 3D Studio Max 2016? Thanks for the work!

  • Celine

    This is such a life-saver. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Churin

    This fix for Adobe CS6 – Photoshop/Illustrator on W8.1 once worked for 3840×2160 monitor but now it quit working. I removed the added reg item and restored it but no luck. Is there anyone who had the same problem and found any solution?

  • Thanks for the trick. It works. Although the menu texts seem quite blurry, but at least I don’t need a magnifying glass anymore 😛

  • Johan

    Thanks a lot!!!

    Works with all my tiny font windows 8.1 programs I’ve tried so far.

    How come Adobe couldn’t come with this fix????

  • VEE

    Thank you so much. I was deciding to sell my notebook because I can’t use my Adobe illus and I did’t find any way to fix this problem until I found this content. This is very useful, you’re my hero thank you!

  • Marina

    Thank you! I have Photoshop CS6 and this Worked great on my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro with windows 8.1.

  • Rice

    This is the only fix that saved my New 4K Gaming Notebook from being On Sale!!! Thanks Man you are the Hero.

  • Kalil

    I see that it’s working for everyone but it’s simply not working for me. Razer Blade 14″ 3200×1800 Windows 8.1 trying with Photoshop cs6 64-bit and if possible Sony Vegas 13.

    I think the problem is the creating the manifest file part. what i do is: create a text file then copy the huge code, save it as .manifest, then name it after the .exe ?

    Would mean a lot if you could help me, thanks.

  • tropa

    It works for me on a dell m3800: Photoshop, Illustrator and Autocad 2014. If you rename the file, watch out that it will not change from manifest into an executable file. Somehow that happened to me, then it won’t work.

    Thanks for this great fix!
    BUT with Autocad I get the idea that the line thickness is not right after this fix? Lines seem to be much thicker/a bit unsharp. Anyone else experiencing this?

  • Thank you, Thank you, Thank you …. I can actually see the tool bars in Adobe and Autodesk! Woo Hoo!

  • pETER

    I find it difficult to find words to describe your genius mind! THIS IS THE SOLUTION! THANK YOU!
    MUCH Shame on Adobe… its realy a mystery how they could not include such a simple feature. The Work on 4k monitors was IMPOSSIBLE.

  • angelo

    this solution works but it reduces the quality dramatically. its like when you do a digital zoom with a camera. most of it looks blurry and not sharp.
    the solution probably will come on windows 10.
    about adobe..all the adobe cc 2015 programs work fine. the problem is with adobe cc 2014 products

  • Xin

    Doesn’t work for me…Hp 360 Specter

  • Peter

    Also works for the Remote Desktop client (from a system with a 5K monitor) – using the directory in which mstsc.exe resides.

  • Shaka

    Hello Guys, does this solution work on the Dell Precision M3800 and if so, how? Thanks

  • shaka

    Does this solution work on the Dell Precision M3800 and how?

  • For some reason it seems to have stopped working. I wonder if Microsoft might have disabled this patch. I could clearly see the difference and in fact wrote a post about it on my site with a reference to this post for details.

    I cannot get it to work on my HP Spectre X360 anymore. Adobe probably got upset;-)

  • Jose

    Great tutorial, this solved the scaling problem in my Lenovo Yoga 2 pro. The text in the menu is not completely sharp, but this is a minor issue compared to the scale problem.
    Thank you!

  • Renaud

    Dan, it’s wonderful !
    I tried with success on my faststone viewer, full HD 8,9 ” display.
    Almost impossible to read as this.
    With your trick it’s blurry but it can read the menu, this is GREAT !
    I just had to change “amd64” with “x86” in order to the trick to work (my computer run Windows 8.1 32 bits).

    Thank you !!

  • Yassine


  • This is the second time I am correcting myself! I thought it stopped working but I had set the display to the finest setting. In order for this to work you need to choose “Change the size of all items” under “Personalize/Display” and choose either medium or large setting. Then the process still works fine, my mistake in an earlier post a few items up from this one.

  • A Jha

    Dan, Thanks a lot. It worked for me for AutoCAD 2015 on Dell M3800 (3200×1800) running win 8.1 pro. However, Bentley Microstation V8i does not work well. In fact, I find partly covered texts in Task Menu, which is so irritating. Any clues pl.?

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  • @A Jha I wonder if you have left the screen elements all the same size as I wrote above your comment? This process will not work if the “Change the size of all items” are left in the small end of the slider. If you move it to the middle or to the right then it works. As I see it, it is a way of making these applications to honor the changed size of screen items which they otherwise ignore. I have since written a follow up post to make this point clear:

    The credit for this solution still belongs to Dan Antonelli, thank you.

  • Musta

    Hi there, Photoshop, Dreamveaver are working. great. but Adobe audition is NOT. what to do?

  • Nick

    Having this problem with Adobe Audition. Any advice for how to accomplish this but in Audition? I would imagine the manifest code is different?


  • This solution also works with Windows 10

  • Musta

    Hi Dan Antonielli

    do you have any idea why its not working with Adobe Audition. can you maybe provide the manifest?

  • Chris Francis

    This isn’t working for me for some reason, I’ve followed what you said to do exactly and it doesn’t change anything. I think it has to do with the PreferExternaanifest file because for some reason it won’t change to decimal no matter how many times I do it and I have no idea why, I’m using windows 8.1 on a Lenovo Yoga 3 pro.

  • @Dan Antonelli, I have just upgraded my laptop to Windows 10 this morning and the process is not working for me anymore.

    @Chris Francis, have you looked at my comment above regarding the “Change the size of all items” I wrote a few comments above? The screen elements must be resized for these applications to ignore, then the patch works.

  • I can confirm the following works with Windows 10 on a Yoga 2 Pro:

    – Photoshop CS6 x86
    – Illustrator CS6 x86
    – Dreamweaver CS6 x86
    – Fireworks CS6 x86

    If it is not working for you… Try rebooting your machine and starting over.

    I do not use any of the other apps, so I am very limited on support with those.

  • I have very little experience with Windows 10, since this morning. I have booted the computer several times for different reasons. It is an HP Spectre X360 and your fix worked like a charm on Windows 8.1 on this laptop. I have the screen elements set to 150% and it shows as “Recommended” setting. I will also try changing the magnification, if anything works I will report again. By the way, if it works only for Photoshop CS6 I’ll be happy.

  • Michael

    Just wanted to let you know that after my SurfacePro3 updated to Windows 10, the fix for Photoshop CC stopped working.

    All I had to do to get it working again was to re-do the registry changes and it went right back to working wonderfully.

    Thanks again for this amazing fix!

  • Oh, my! I did not realize the upgrade to Windows 10 cleaned out the registry. Thanks to Michael’s comment I looked at the registry and sure enough the key was missing. I added that once more and it works for Photoshop! I am a happy camper again!

  • GraphicsKat

    OMG, thank you *so* much for this! I had been looking everywhere for this information. You provided thorough but easy-to-follow instructions, and I am truly thankful.

  • Marco Tahtaras

    It’s been an interesting last few days trying to setup a new laptop to be able to function while navigating Windows 8.1 for the first time. Last night I finally installed part of my CS4 suite and was of course a bit shocked to see what Photoshop looked like on a 15.6″ 4k display!

    Finding this solution this morning was exciting as it’s very simple. I quickly applied the fix to Photoshop (both x86 and 64 bit) as well as Dreamweaver. I decided to give it a try before going further. Both Photoshop versions popped up a box saying “The program can’t start because MSVCP80.DLL is missing from your computer. Please reinstall your……” The same occurred with Dreamweaver except the file was MFC80U.DLL

    I went back into one of the Photoshop installations and renamed photoshop.exe.manifest to “photoshop.exe.txt” to take it out of play. Photoshop came up fine but of course in it’s original configuration.

    I sure hope I can make this work!


  • @Dan Antonelli, I have a different problem which has been plaguing me for quite some time. When I start Firefox with the Antonelli patch it works like a charm, everything is legible. But when Firefox starts after clicking on a link, say in an email message, it comes up with tiny characters totally ignoring the patch. What is different in the starting of the application when I click on the FF icon or on a link? Can this be fixed, this is a curiosity question since I can start FF first and then click on a link which opens in the already running application.

  • Rolf

    Nice! Thanks. It Works on Photoshop CC 2015 which has the 200% scaling option. I used the two configurations, and I realized that in both cases it enlarges the UI. Is there a way to use that more pixels ? I mean that instead of enlarging the UI, shrink it. So it would not look so blurred.

  • William


    I am trying to do the manifest hack on my Thinkpad 8 Tablet. I have Photoshop CS6 and yesterday, it failed on Win 8.1 Pro (32bit). I had the “incorrect Side-by-Side configuration” error. When I deleted the manifest file, Photoshop worked.

    Today, I updated to Windows 10 and tried everything again and I always get the same error.

    My procedrue was:

    1. Install Photoshop CS6 (trial)
    2. Open Regestry and create the “PreferExternalManifest” DOWRD 32
    3. Change Value to 1 Decimal
    4. create photoshop.exe.manifest in Editor
    5. Paste the text from Manifest.txt
    6. Save as photoshop.exe.manifest (as MANIFEST file, not .txt)
    7. Copy to C:\Programs\Adobe\Photoshop CS6\

    I repeated every step and I don’t know, what is wrong.

    (I might have an effect but I can’t imagine: I use German Photoshop and Windows)

    Please help me 🙂

    It would be soooo nice if it would work!!! THANKS!


  • Sibbo

    Works a treat the other way round too, I’ve just bought a Lenovo Yoga 3 laptop and currently have it plugged into a couple of older monitors, Photoshop was appearing massive on all screens, this fix has made it work as it should again.

    Thanks a million.

    Monitor upgrade soon though 😉

  • Morris

    THANK YOU!!! I ended up buying another computer just for Photoshop because I could not use my $2000 32″ UHD monitor with it and my regular QHD second monitor I use for most things. Even with 32″ and 200% sizing, the menus in Photoshop were too tiny to see unless I sat 12-18″ from my monitor. I’ve searched for a solution for about a year, and all Adobe had to tell me was “We’re at the mercy of Microsoft. They don’t do things like Apple. Whine, whine, whine.” I’m running Windows 10 with dual monitors running PS CC 2015, and it looks great even when parts of PS are on both monitors at the same time. Again, THANK YOU!!!!

  • AlexandraD

    Thanks a million. It works on my Yoga3 Pro-1370 for EndNote. Just getting ready to upgrade to Windows 10, but I’m ready to start again.

  • gebi84

    thank you very much!

  • So much for Windows 10 taking care of 4k support. Back to ADOBE!!! FIX THIS!!!

  • Brilliant!

    Thanks for the script… It worked perfectly on all my Adobe CS6 programs (just changed the manifest’s file name to match the Adobe program name)!

    It’s not the prettiest fix (things text looks slightly blurrier than it’s supposed to), but it’s much better than squinting!

    PC: Lenovo Y50 UHD-Touch

  • Paul

    Made my day! Also working on Windows 100

  • Rahul Tamgadge

    Thank you so much Dan..

  • Hi I’m on the yoga pro 2 with windows 10 but I get this error when I tried to fix Dreamweaver CC.

    “The program can’t start because the libcef.dll is missing from our computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.”

    Do you have any idea why?

  • Rob

    This is working perfectly on the Autodesk products I’m using as well, Maya, Motionbuilder 2015 on a new Macbook pro retina with bootcamp and Win 8.1 . Thanks Dan

  • Hi,
    I followed your instructions but the system says that I cannot this in the folder although I am the admin. Also says that the file already exist [just before]. Can you help? Thank you in advance.

  • Alyssa

    I have the iMac 27 Retina (5K) – Mid 2015
    Windows 10 Pro official release

    This fixed Autodesk 3DS Max 2016 for me. I didn’t modify or do anything different from the directions of this tutorial.

    Thank you so much for sharing

  • Jason

    Thank you. Another happy customer. You are a gentleman and a scholar.

  • Simon

    Does this fix work on Windows 7? I am running 7 at the office but the fix doesn’t seem to work.

  • Linsey, have you changed the screen elements’ size? Look for my name and take a look at what I have written, mistakes and all.

  • Kathy

    This is amazing. Thank you so much! I followed the steps and was able to use it on all the Adobe CS6 programs as well as Eclipse and Netbeans.

    If anyone is having trouble finding the correct location to put each manifest file, I found it easiest to right-click on the program shortcut (for the program I was trying to scale) and select “Open file location”. That’s exactly where you want to put the manifest file.

  • DJ

    Hi, I’m having the same problem as Marco Tahtaras (see above):
    After making these steps for Photoshop CS4 64bit version I get a box saying “The program can’t start because MSVCP80.DLL is missing from your computer. Please reinstall your……” I added this file (+ MSVCR80.DLL ) to all folders one may expect to be needing it (sustem32, Syswow64, Photoshop..) trying both 32bit and 64bit versions – no success. Any suggestion more than wellcome! Thanks!

    Surface Pro 3, Adobe CS4…

  • Robin

    Used the trick to fix my photoshop earlier this year, worked like a charm. Only problem that with windows 10 the amazeballs went down the train.

    I only needed to repeat step one (regedit & prefer external manifest) to make it work perfectly again, since the manifest files were still in the same folder. You’re still awesome Dan Antonielli! Thanks again!

  • Hi Dan! I can’t get this to work on Adobe Flash CS6. I’ve followed the instructions, and renamed the file “flash.exe.manifest” but I haven’t had any luck.

  • Ric

    have tried with dell xps13 windows 10 & CS5 PS – i get

    ‘the application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b) Click OK to close application.’

    have double checked everything as per the instructions. Something aint happy!

  • Sar

    Hi, I tried this tip on my windows 8 lenovo Y5 high res laptop and although it did blow the menu bars up, when I choose a tool in PS, its microscopic. For instance, when I pick up the dropper tool, its really small I can barely see it. Can someone help?

  • Robert

    Thanks for the tip i was able to fix PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat but Adobe reader still has the same issue. Any suggestions??? with any response

  • Jim

    Hi, Dan. Thank you very much for the solution. It also worked on my MacBook Pro with Windows 10 64bit.

  • churin

    I am using a monitor with 3840 x 2160 for CS6 running on W8.1. This fix worked originally for Illustrator x64 and Photoshop x64 but Photoshop quit working. The Illustrator is still working so the reg mod must be still good. I created a manifest file for the Photoshop simply by changing the name of the working manifest file for the Illustrator, or changing Illustrator.exe.manifest to Photoshop.exe.manifest and tried it but no luck.

  • Stein

    Thanks, this just what I have been looking for since I got my Yoga Pro. Worked for Faststone Image Viewer on Windows 10.

  • sadra

    hey man you are very very SMART thanks soooooooooooooo much!

  • Eli

    OMG Thank you!!!!!!!!!

  • als

    very nice!!it worked! you r a genius! big hugggg thanks!

  • Caroline

    Hi Dan,
    for me it simply does NOT work. I followed your intructions, re-checked everything 1000 times, but no way. I’m using Windows 10 64bit. Is there anything I have to take care of? I’m working a lot with illustrator – would be cool if it would have normal size again…

  • Caroline

    wohooo, works now! Thx so much 🙂

  • Churin

    It works for 3840 x 2160 res monitor for Adobe CS6 running on W10 Pro x64 !!!
    I had difficulty making it work on W7 x64 and W8.1 x64 . Since I noticed a lot of success stories with the fix on W10 I upgraded one to W10 Pro x64. I upgraded another and the the same story.

  • Thanks a million for sharing the solution. I am not IT savvy but was happy for your clear guideline. One more question though. How do I make it to also work for the accompanying Bridge? Thanks again

  • Ergo

    Hi! i have a problem. im trying to use this solutions whit SeratoDj on surface pro 3 (2160 X 1440). when i add the .manifest file and i open the program an error say “Serato Dj requires a minimum screen resolution of 1280 X 720. Please help me! i really need it for work 🙁

    ps. sorry for my english…

  • Vox

    Hey, I just wanted to thank you for posting this. I was so frustrated looking at the adobe forums and trying to troubleshoot this. I almost had to succumb to buying CC 😮

    Thanks again, though, you saved me a lot of money! It’s a shame that adobe bails on its older versions and doesnt offer any support!

  • Jim

    CC Bridge still isn’t working via Adobe in Windows 10 BTW.

  • Jim B

    Many thanks!
    Using an image program called FastStone image viewer. Horrible in high dpi laptop, wrote to developer no response, shame as it is an exceptional easy software for quick edits.

    You have saved me, companies need to realize to use windows default on resolutions, glad this came up on my browser search.
    Thank you.

  • Shamini

    Fantastic! I’m a middle aged old lady, and managed to follow all steps.

  • Gadi

    Thank you very much,Dan! It was very helpfull

  • Jeff

    The base will not stay changed to decimal when I edit the DWORD 32-Bit value. Has anybody else had this problem? I am trying to get this to work for AutoCad LT / Windows 10. This modification worked fine under Windows 8.1. Thanks ahead for any help!

  • I have noticed that every time Windows 10 does a large update it will overwrite the Registry entry. (This happens pretty often if you are in the insider program)

    To speed this process up, I created a .reg file that will add the entry to the registry in a couple of clicks.

    Download .reg file (Right Click Save Link As..):

    Hope this helps.

  • Mike

    Thank you very much. You save my eyesight.

  • rahul

    so im not exactly sure where to download the files that you have given above. its still super small even though i put the exe file underneath the adobe illustrator.exe in my programs file and did all the changes above

  • Richard

    Thank you so much for this info… works great with Windows 10 🙂

    Rahul, make sure you disabled the Disable display scaling on high DPI settings… if you leave that one on it won’t change the way the program is displayed 🙂

  • Fredrik

    Hello Dan.

    This works with my AutoCAD 2016 on a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro 13,3″. But when I start AutoCAD I get the message “AutoCAD requires 1024 by 768 resolution or higher to run.” But the program still starts. Is there anyway to tweak the solution in the manifest file so I don’t get the error message?

  • Beri

    Hello Dan
    i received the following error:
    Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Libary
    Runtim Error
    Program: C:\….
    An application has made an attempt to load the C runtime library incorrectly

    than click OK

    Photoshop.exe application error
    The application cant run properly (0xc0000142)
    (its a translation from Hungarian)

    please help what i do wrong
    (Yoga3 Win8.1 CS3)

    If i delete the Photoshop.exe.manifest from the folder its starts but the resolution is….


  • Beri

    What i left, please help to find a solution.

    Many thanks

  • Alex


  • David


    The manifest file that you copy into the program file must be “terminal.exe.manifest”

  • Beri

    Somebody can me help? Please

  • Mark

    Help, I’ve just switched to windows 10 and now the manifest file doesn’t work. Dan have you come across this problem? Is there a solution?

  • Mark

    My apologies, problem solved, I was having a senior moment with the new output of windows 10 and didn’t know what I was doing. It now works perfectly, thank you

  • Snake

    Thanks!! Problem solved!! But sadly this method only enlarged the icons but the resolutions of the icons don’t get enlarged as well so the icons are still in poor graphic quality…

    But still this should be an acceptable way to temporarily solve the too-small-icon issue.

  • David Jones

    Fantastic, thanks very , very much

    I think I have the solution for people who experience the ”cannot find the file specified…’ message, with Photoshop then not starting.

    The manifest file specifies the version and processor of the Microsoft.VC90.CRT dll. In my case the manifest file offered here specified the wrong processor (amd). I changed it to ‘x86’ and ihe fix then worked fine.

    Thanks again.

  • Adam Bramley

    Absolutely fantastic! Thanks so much!

    I had to use a combination of David Jones’ and Tom’s help above, changing to x86 or amd64 depending on which version of PS I wanted to run, and Tom’s code for the older CS4:


    but can now confirm that this works on PS CS4 on Windows 10 in 32 and 64 bit! Quality of the GUI is surprisingly good as well – can hardly notice it’s not native.

    Is there any possibility of getting this to work for Lightroom as well? I’m still using Lightroom 3 which also suffers from a tiny GUI under high dpi. I’ve put a renamed manifest next to the lightroom.exe, but it seems to ignore it. It just runs absolutely as normal – not crashing nor upsizing the GUI.



  • Ali

    Very useful solution for a very irritating issue.

    i’m facing the same problem with 3Ds Max, will try the fix today and see if will solve the problem

    anyone tried this with 3Ds Max 2016 / windows 10

    Thank you

  • Beri

    Dear Adam Bramley,

    thanks your comment its working fine with Yoga3 CS3, THNAK YOU for your support.


  • David Jones

    A quick update to my note above about the processor name in the manifest file. I suspect you might be able to use an asterisk – * – in place of specifying either x86 or amd, but I haven’t tried that.

    It seems that in my case the ‘x86’ was needed for the 32-bit version and the ‘amd’ for the 64-bit version.

    If you’re unsure you can take a look in the manifest file that already exists for the Microsoft.VC80.CRT dll.

  • Metaphor

    Great piece of work, and thank you. The fix worked exactly as described for both Photoshop and Dreamweaver CS6 on Win 10. Donation forthcoming. You have saved us many hours and dollars by filling in for Adobe’s “service”. My new ASUS Zenbook is now fully functional.



  • Brian

    Great workaround to a problem Adobe should have fixed ages ago. Thank you.
    (I had resorted to “magnify” my entire screen and was running out of gravol as the motion on the screen while magnified was making me feel dizzy.)

  • Steven


    Your advice has literally just set me on the trail to hopefully do very well in my 3rd year of architecture school.
    My parents just bought me a laptop with ultra hd so i could use software like 3ds max to their full potential, but all the icons were not showing correctly and the interfaces of the apps were all wrong. I looked at this post over and over for about a day, and your final piece of advice about the compatibility settings really helped.



  • Yes this fix has made PS CS6 usable for me thanks.
    One thing I have noticed is that PS is using my laptop’s basic Graphics device, not the better Nvidia one it has. Is this PS or an effect of the Manifest file, and can I alter it?

  • PurePahari

    You are a rockstar. Thank you so much for this. Appreciate your knowledge and ability to share it.

  • Kyle

    Hi Dan,

    This worked great for my Autocad on Windows 8.1 however, on windows 10 the manifest file seems to cause autocad to freeze whenever I select a hatch. It works well with adjusting the icons and text but freezes when I select any size of hatch. When i remove the manifest file autocad works fine. Amy suggestions please? Thanks a million! 🙂

  • Justin

    This is amazing! Thank you so much.

  • Sav

    You’re my hero.

  • Roger

    Works brilliantly with Adobe Bridge on 4k monitor. Just make sure that when you save the file you select “all files” and not “text”.

  • Edward

    This is great! Thank you!

  • Adrian

    Give that man a cookie !!

    Thanks you so much for your simple solution. Works like a charm on my Lenono Y50-70 running Windows 10 and Photoshop CS5 64bit !

  • Ben

    Thank you so much. Photoshop works a treat and I can now see!!!

    Illustrator didn’t work for some reason, but I don’t use that any where near as much

  • Ben

    Scrap the above response, I should have checked I was pasting the file in the correct location!

    Also worked with some bespoke software we have written. A lovely 4K screen that allows me to use all my software without the aid of a magnifying glass

    Thank you

  • Jeannie

    Hi Dan,

    Thanks for posting all of this. I have a new Dell laptop with a 4K touchscreen and I’m trying to run PSCS5 on Windows 10. I followed all of your steps, but it didn’t make a difference. I even toggled the “disable display…” option and it made no difference. I placed the manifest file in the Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS5 folder but do you think I should place it in the Program Files x86/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS5 folder?


  • Churin

    Answer must be Yes, if you want to use 32bit version of Bridge. I tried to use the x64 version of Bridge but the fix was not working though the 32bit version was. I found that the manifest file was not inserted in the Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Bridge.

  • Ralph

    Hi, while this looks great, it does not work with the CS3 suite. I did as told, but the only result was that PS did not start; neither did Premiere Pro. Do you have an idea how your trick could work with AutoCAD 2015 or Maya 2015?

  • Eric Wu

    Hello can anyone teach me how to do this for Substance Painter please? Thanks!

  • dan

    This is brilliant! Thanks so much!

  • daisy

    Hi, I’ve followed your procedures but it seems my illustrator and photoshop still have the same problem…
    I’m using Win10 and y50-70. Is your solution possible in Win 10 too ?

  • Nirav

    This is just osum, it worked perfectly…Thank u so much Dan 🙂

  • mike

    Hi, this worked flawlessly for photoshop and lightroom for me, but not working on premiere pro cc 2014 and after effects cc 2014. suggestions?


  • It did not work for me, but I noticed you placed it in your cs6. I am now doing the cc, not because I wanted to I might add, I loved the cs5.5. I am running windows 7 – guess I’m the type who’d rather do than stop and re-learn, i.e. instead of working & getting something accomplished I had to research this for several hours.. . .still didn’t work.
    But Thank You very much for keeping your ear to the pavement and responding to the masses who are going blind from that adobe squint lol. But seriously thank you.
    p.s. I really enjoyed a couple of the tuts that I saw that you did. . Thanks.

  • Muhammad Fathin

    Thank you so much, I tried this with an Adobe Photoshop CC 2015, and it’s usable again, although it’s a little bit blurry.

  • Eric


    I have the y50-70 too, and still the same problem.

    its horrible 🙁

  • Leo

    Thank you Dan, it works great on my new 28 inch 4K monitor and windows 10. I had a big problem with Bridge CC, very small and now it is normal. Photoshop by the way can you scale by 200 % in preferences.

    Nice job man! Smart thinking!


  • Robbe

    Hi! thanks for the help, but somehow this doesnt work for VLC. can you help me?

  • Thanks so much, you made my day with this solution!

  • Hugo

    Thank you so much! Problem solved!

  • ggirl

    you could at least refer to the original for this solution and don’t take the credit yourself.

  • AM

    Thank you for that, Works on W10, CS6…

  • Helvetia66

    Thank you so much, Dan. That is really

  • Jim

    Can I do like this in Windows XP with MSACCESS.EXE (office2003)?

    I’ve tried but cannot. I can set regedit like above but cannot choose Decimal when I choose Decimal it still change back to Hexadecimal. And when I open MSACCESS.EXE it cannot open program.

    Pls let me know how if it can.
    Thanks for your help.

  • Michael

    Worked great. What a life saver. Thank you!

  • Xavier

    Just a tip for people using Windows 7 and getting blurry programs, specifically AutoCAD:
    Use “Set a custom text size (DPI)” and make sure “Use Windows XP DPI scaling” is checked.
    Thank you so much Dan.

    For some reason, however, this fix isn’t working with Bluebeam Revu. Any ideas? The text is still super small on most things

  • Joel Bandibas

    Thank you very much. It is indeed a life saver.

  • Ben

    Thanks! It worked, donation made.

  • mahirmanco

    Thank you for your solution. But I have one problem left… I have an application that has no ‘exe-file’. The application launches with a ‘bat-file’. I tried to rename the manifest to ‘application.bat.manifest’ and also to rename the ‘bat-file’ to exe. I even tried to use an external program to batch the ‘bat-file’ to an ‘exe-file’… Unfortunately none of it worked.
    I would appreciate it if you could tell me another way to make your solution work on that application.

    Thank you very much!

  • Eric

    Thanks for sharing. Made my life easier.

  • Tim

    In my install, the result is something akin to ‘a file not found’ error. Seems one of the files referenced in the manifest has moved or isn’t on my machine.

  • Martin Leung

    I have a notebook with 4K display, and connected it to a 21″ non 4K external monitor. I am user of PS CC and I used to park all the sub-windows, like brush, properties, swatches, color to the second monitor. While the sizes of items on the primary screen do fit to 4K, the sizes of items on the external monitor become oversize. If I applied your solution of manifast, they become even larger. Is there any way to control them? Thanks!

  • leo

    You can scale Photoshop under prefrences.

  • Julio

    I would need the manifest file for Adobe Bridge CC
    I will appreciate

  • Rachel Hopper

    I just tried this fix and it worked for the main Adobe Menu in Photoshop CC 2015, but “File Info” (drop down under “File” remains very small. Am I missing something or does this fix not effect the sub menus? Thanks in advance fort all the help!

  • Man you are my hero… Until Adobe pull their finger out there behind, this solution worked perfect for me… Very much appreciate the effort you went to to figure this out…

  • Zaamarat

    THX !!!! I LOVE YOU !

  • leo

    Why should you use this solution witch works wonderful for Bridge CC also for Photoshop CC? Photoshop CC has the possibility to scale if you look under Edit> Preferences > Experimental features and then click “Scale UI 200 %…Windows only”. I have also tried the “manifest” methode, but it is a matter of taste. 200 % from Adobe itself is bigger somewhat more to my liking .

    For Bridge the photoshop.exe.manifest or the Bridge.exe.manifest as you have to change the name methode works wonders for me. I could not find a way to scale Bridge up within Adobe.

    Adobe is not the only company that walks behind, I use Nik software as a plugin and could not scale it up, not even with this wonderful solution.

  • Lorenzo

    Hi, i try to as show above but it works only for PShop 32 bit version, not for 64. I also copy the file for bridge 64 and works fine.
    Pls Help….
    Thanks for the work you have done

  • Rachel Hopper

    Using a NEC Multisync EA275UHD (380X2160 4K). Just wanted to add that I just UPDATED to Windows 10 and my Photoshop CC 2015 font and readability issues seem to be resolved. Even my PS sub menus are now readable. And this is WITHOUT using the very helpful and creative solution provided by Dan. Thanks to everyone for the help and I hope this note helps someone else struggling with a new HD monitor.

  • LD

    Hi, I installed the fix on window 8.1 and worked very well. Then saw the post from Rachel so decided to be brave and give it a go… uograde to windows 10. I then followed the instructions to apply the fix as detailed above BUT, now… nothing is working and I am back to thee small screen. Any insights? Please before I reverse back to window 8.1?

    Many thanks

  • Rachel Hopper

    I did not use Dan’s fix. All I did was scale up my fonts in Windows 10 (I used 150%). And this worked for me. Try removing Dan’s fix and changing text size using Windows.

  • Rachel Hopper

    If you right click on your desktop in Windows 10 you will see an option for “Display Setting”. Under this menu you can change the size of text, icons, etc. Mine is scaled up to 150%

    I also just checked PS CC 2015 and I have “auto” checked under Interface/UI Scaling along with “Medium” under Interface/UI Font Size.

  • Leo

    That scaling in Windows 10 does not effect Bridge CC (here comes the great solution from Dan) or Photoshop for that matter.

  • Rachel Hopper

    Well, I do respectfully disagree. I do not have Dan’s fix in place and all of my Adobe menu’s are quite readable with the changes I described above. When I had Windows 7 Dan’s fix was the only thing that worked. BUT…I will add that I have so MANY other scalability issues with almost EVERY other program I use (for instance Photo Ninja is not at all useable), that I am returning this monitor and going to buy a Mac. Seriously, I give up. 🙁

  • SuperBee

    Several buttons become unclickable in AfterEffects.
    Going through the menus works but when it comes to clicking “OK” “CANCEL” or a radio button, or check boxes, I CAN’T CLICK THEM !!!
    I can navigate with TAB, arrows, hit ENTER to get things done, but NO CLICK.
    Any ideas ?

  • JoeThib

    I tried this on my Toshiba P55W-C5208-4K which came installed with Windows 10 – It did not work.

  • Rick Glazwe

    Tried it with Windows 10 and CS6 on an Alienware 17 R3 and it did not work. Does anyone know if it will work with the cloud version of PS? If it does it would be worth while to subscribe.

  • Peter Bellamy

    I have had it working with PS CS6 64 bit version on my Gigabyte laptop (1920×1080) without problem, important it is in the correct folder, where it had been useless before. It made the trial copy of CS6 useable so I did buy the product.
    It seems strange that PS did not develop the product to get the scaleing automatic, it has been a reported problem for earlier versions of CS for ages. PS Lightroom 6 scales correctly without the fix.

  • Dan Bachmann

    Great solution – worked perfectly for me! Now I won’t go blind, but I’m regretting buying the highest resolution 4k laptop. If this is fixed in CC, I’ll consider moving onto the latest version.

  • Adrian

    Excellent article! Thanks a lot. I applied it for a totally different application and I used the manifest file you put here and it worked! Again, thanks for writing this.

  • Oliver

    Thank You for this solution which is so helpful for a lot of people.
    Unfortunately Im unable to get it to work on Win7 (64) for Photoshop CS5 (64). Tried it for hours, several times:

    – did everything as admin (regedit, notepad respectively editor)
    – created a new file and pasting the text in
    – copied and used You`r file instead
    – right folder and exactly the same name
    – photoshop.exe.manifest is listed dirctly under Photoshop.exe and file-type is shown as “MANIFEST-file”

    As some others too, trying to start Photoshop I only get the message: “The system could not find the specified file”

    renaming or removing the photoshop.exe.manifest (or also Photoshop.exe.manifest) doesn`t change anything (still the same message). When Removing the regedit entry Photoshop is working as usual (with the small menue)

    Anything left I could try out?

  • OMG you are a life saver! I just bought a new laptop with 8.1 and some programs are ‘ant-size’ as you put it. Now I can actually see the application…and might be able to modify these steps for other apps that give me the same trouble that photoshop did. Thank you!

  • Warren

    Thanks for this fix! Worked like a charm on my new Surface Pro 4. Adobe really needs to address this problem. High DPI displays have been out for years now.

  • Victor

    You’re the man!!!!!!… I’ve looking for a solution to this since a long time!

    Thanks, Thanks and Once Again Thanks!!!!

    Saludos desde México!!!

  • Phrem

    Thank you for this fix!

  • Adrian

    This is simply amazing. Thank you so much my photoshop now can be seen, however any ideas to why the Illustrator fix wont work?

  • Mikkel

    Thanks for sharing this fix 🙂

  • Scully1121

    Thanks for this, super helpful and very straightforward instructions!

  • Paul the Ruler of ALL

    Totally Tubular Dude!!!

  • Mo

    The best solution ever

  • ahmad

    THANK YOU. Brilliant guide, I donated because the value to me was much more.


    Viber is also working with this fix. It is perfect. I have been looking for solution for a year!
    Viber scaling issues solved.

  • Robert

    My hero! The fix worked perfectly for DreamWeaver CS6 and MS Remote Desktop Connection.

    For information:
    1. With CS6, the fix worked only after rebooting. The fix not only improved readability but also sorted wonky fonts and misplaced development windows.
    2. For RDP, the fix worked immediately, without rebooting.
    3. The URLs in the example DW manifest file return the message “The resource you are looking for has been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.”

    I’m most grateful!

  • RickG

    I could not get the fix to work with an Alienware 17 R3 (3840 x 2160 screen) CS6 and Win 10. Under Photoshop, Properties, Compability, I unchecked “Disable display scaling on high DPI settings” and the fix worked; Photoshop is now usable. Thanks, donation follows.

  • RickG

    I could not get the fix to work with an Alienware 17 R3 (3840 x 2160 screen) CS6 and Win 10. Under Photoshop, Properties, Compatibility, I unchecked “Disable display scaling on high DPI settings” and the fix worked; Photoshop is now usable. Thanks, donation follows.

  • g3g3n3

    This doesn’t work for Edge Animate! An error message pops up.
    It says:
    The program can’t start because libcef.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling to fix this problem.

    Any ideas as to how i can fix this?

  • Ron Green

    I can get the manifest file to work with other applications but not CorelX5. When I run it I get “CorelDraw – Application Error. The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b). Click om to close the application”. Any ideas on how to fix this?


    yoga pro 2 windows 10 fixed for Mt4 thank you

  • Eadee

    Dan, thank you. I received my new dell xps 15 (9550) I-7 6th generation processor with 4k display several days ago. It is a beautiful system but I was about to either buy a replacement display panel that is FHD or buy a new system because the xps 15 as is had tiny ants UI on MT4 app. After hacking using your manifest file, the MT4 is now usable. Thank you, thank you.
    I fully endorse your explanation of the fix. There was a comment by someone among these posts that there was another site that posted a similar fix. I visited that site. I tell you and anyone else who are fortunate enough to come to your site that you are the guru. I am no technical person and I did not understand the “fix” at the other website. Bottom line is you made the process of the “fix” simple and easily understood.

  • Eadee

    Dan, thank you. I received my new dell xps 15 (9550) I-7 6th generation processor with 4k display several days ago. It is a beautiful system but I was about to either buy a replacement display panel that is FHD or buy a new system because the xps 15 as is had tiny ants UI on MT4 app. After hacking using your manifest file, the MT4 is now usable. Thank you, thank you.
    I fully endorse your explanation of the fix. There was a comment by someone among these posts that there was another site that posted a similar fix. I visited that site. I tell you and anyone else who is fortunate enough to come to your site that you are the guru. I am no technical person and I did not understand the “fix” at the other website. Bottom line is you made the process of the “fix” simple and easily understood.

  • Eadee

    Dan, thank you. I received my new dell xps 15 (9550) I-7 6th generation processor with 4k display several days ago. It is a beautiful system but I was about to either buy a replacement display panel that is FHD or buy a new system because the xps 15 as is had tiny ants UI on MT4 app. After hacking using your manifest file, the MT4 is now usable. Thank you again.

  • Eadee

    Dan, thank you. I received my new dell xps 15 (9550) I-7 6th generation processor with 4k display several days ago. It is a beautiful system but I was about to either buy a replacement display panel that is FHD or buy a new system because the xps 15 as is had tiny ants UI on MT4 app. After hacking using your manifest file, the MT4 is now usable.

  • Eadee

    oops sorry…I thought I wrote too much and could not post. I apologise for the repeats

  • Alex

    Thanks for the tip, it works great on all Adobe software (CS5 suite)!

    Although it doesn’t work for me with Autodesk products, 3ds max and Autocad 2010… on Windows 10. Anyone have any ideas on alternatives edits to make it work?

    Thanks a lot!

  • Jason Marsh

    Works great on a Microsoft Surface Book (Windows 10). thanks!

  • Nicole

    Thanks for the fix, it worked great on one of my simulation applications.. however when I tried to do the exact same thing for another application it did not work and it brought up error 0cx000007b: “The application was unable to start correctly … ” I noticed that the application that worked was a 64-bit application while this one is a 32-bit application .. is there any fix for this please ?
    Also, do I need to create a manifest file for all the applications in the installation folder of the app or just one manifest file for the main application ? Any help would be greatly appreciated 🙂 !

  • Ron Green

    Nicole – I am having the same issue but with Corel Draw. Got the same error message and it is a 32 bit app. Finally, in the same application folder are or four three more applications which will need the manifest file, I sent a note to Dan hoping he will answer.

  • First of all thank you for your solution! When you say: “It is just scaling everything up, but you will not have a true 1:1 representation of pixels” what do you mean? that only the UI is scaled, or also the window with the image that we are processing is scaled?

  • PCooper

    Hey Dan,

    Windows 10
    APP Illustrator CC 2015

    I followed your screenshot the best I could, but do not see the files for an exe. What is the best fix for me? I did download and executed you registry file for Win 10.

    And I will add to the others…Thank you,

  • Churin

    You need to create the manifest file for each application. Remember that the contents of the manifest file is the same with any manifest file: Only the file name is unique.

  • Pablo Rojas

    Thanks for this amazing tutorial! I still have the problem that the cursor is still really small after this fix, almost imposible to work with when you are trying to use brushes that doesnt match the cursor size. Someone else is having this problem? or is just that I made a mistake in one of the steps of this tutorial?

    Thanks for this awesome solution.

  • Tonya Curry

    I am not having any luck copying your manifest files, if I click on this it shows the word “false”. Any help with this, I really need to use my Photoshop and there is no way for me to be able to do this at this time with as small as everything now looks. Please help me, I need to get to editing photos! Thank You!

  • Gegene

    I have Windows 10 on a Surface Book.

    When i try this technique using Adobe Edge Animate i get the System Error:

    “The program can’t start because libcef.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.”

    Does anyone have advice as to how to fix this? Edge is basically unusable with the ant sized interface.

    I can’t believe Adobe hasn’t addressed this issue across all of their applications…It’s almost 2016.

    other details:

    – i’m renaming the file to “edgeanimate.exe.manifest” and putting it in the same folder as EdgeAnimate.exe

    – i’m using CC 2015

    Thank you.

  • I have a Thinkpad X25o running Windows 7.
    I happened to Adobe update on Dreamewaver and Photoshop the other day. So I’m working with

    Dreamweaver CS6 ver 12.0 build 5808
    Photoshop 32 bit CS6 3.0.1 x32
    Photoshop 65 bit

    I tried you fix today with bad results:
    No effect on Dreamweaver
    No effect on Photoshop 32 bit
    Photoshop 64 bit no longer runs and throws an error message “The system cannot fined the file specified.”


  • Eslam

    Many thanks. it worked with Adobe Dreamweaver CS6.

    as for Adobe Photoshop CC 2014, there’s an option already on Windows only for the high-density displays. it’s under Edit >> Preferences >> Experimental Features >> tick the check mark on Scale UI 200% for high-density displays

  • Max

    Thank you so mich Dan !
    You are a life saver !
    It is really a shame that software developpers have not anticipated High DPI screens…
    Thanks to you, I can now enjoy my new xps15 with a 4K screen !

  • Maria

    I tried to do it several times in order to have viber fixed but with no success. Please help me out!
    Asus ZEN

  • Mattzilla

    Thanks – worked fine for Adobe programs, XPS13.

    Maria – worked for me for Viber – I had to exit the program from system tray and restart to take effect.

  • Steve

    Thank you so much for this workaround! Worked perfectly on my XPS13

  • munzer

    thank you very much this really helped me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • Ben

    Got this working with SuperFinder XT (with a Dell XPS 15 – restart needed as set out above).

    Frustratingly I can’t get this to work with VLC media player though. There are a bunch of other manifest files in the VLC directory that I haven’t tried to change yet but using “vlc.exe.manifest” alone doesn’t work.

    Any thoughts greatly appreciated.

  • Randy

    I have a MacBook Pro (retina display). I installed Vmware to run Windows 10 so that I can use Metatrader 4 (currency trading platform) on it. Apparently Metatrader 4 isn’t built to support the retina display so its text was so tiny I could barely read it. And I didnt want to increase the text size in Windows’ settings cause that changed things globally. Thanks to your workaround it’s working beautifully! Thank you!

  • monkeygod

    thank you very much, fellow godly being.

  • Kevin

    Thank you Dan! I’ll be posting a donation for your contribution to my eyesight! I’d also like to thank Sverre’s post back in April 2015 for his naming clarification for Photoshop Elements. The fix did not work on Photoshop Elements 9 for me, but I upgraded to Photoshop Elements 14 and it appears to be working beautifully. It is great to have a community of users who are so supportive.

  • Stein

    I just observed that Windows 10 November update, Windows 10 version 1511, 10586, will clean the registry and delete the PreferExternalManifest value.
    Reapplying the registry change that started this thread will solve the problem.
    Thanks again for this lifesaver.

  • Adam

    Thank you for the fix guide! clear and precise! finally fixed this issue!

  • Guido

    Great instruction! Just bought a DELL XPS13 with the 3200×1800 resolution and PS CS6 was unusable. Now it works like a charm on Windows 10.

  • vitamin

    hmmm…. after following the instructions, I get an error when trying to start photoshop.

    The error reads:
    System Error-The program can’t start because MSVCP80.DLL is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem”.

    Thoughts? Thanks!

  • Ben

    Thanks for the fix. It has worked great. For some reason, though, after the Windows 10 November update, I have not been able to get AutoCAD 2016 to scale properly. I’ve checked, all the other applications that I use this for are scaled correctly after reinstating the PreferExternalManifest value, but I have not been able to correctly apply this to AutoCAD.

  • Hugo

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! now i can photoshop in my surface :3 you are the best!!!!

  • […] * For the curious, here’s a link to the original article about the fix for Adobe software on a Lenovo laptop. […]

  • Xin Yi

    Thank you very much for the instructions! It helps! I managed to do it for a lot of programmes, C4D included! Have a nice day Sir!

  • Emilio

    A try this workaround in Photoshop, and Skype successfully but not in Firestorm.

    Then I see that the executable name for Firestorm is Firestorm-bin.exe, I changed the name to Firestorm.exe and it works correctly.

  • Dan

    I think I love you! Thank you sooooo much for this, it’s the only place I found a solution for this issue.

  • Michael

    After the big Windows 10 Fall update, the registry changes revert back to their defaults so anyone who has made this awesome change will need to redo the registry part. The manifest files stay in place, so things should just go back to working after the registry modifications are made. Thanks again!

  • Jason

    I am not able to get this fix to work on Windows 10 (64bit) with CS6 either PS or AI. I notice that when I make the edit in the registry, select hexadecimal, and click OK it always reverts back to decimal. Could this be the issue?

  • Jason

    Sorry . . .when I select decimal and click ok it always reverts to hexadecimal. The instructions say select decimal but I can’t get that to stick. Any suggestions?

  • Dean Barnat

    Wow, thanks beyond thanks. I pitched 5 bucks your way thru donation. Adobe should be paying you much more! God bless you and those who put such effort into helping to solve these problems including making the instructions so crystal clear. Why the heck Adobe doesn’t appear to have a straight forward posted solution to solve this so users have a decent out of the box experience is beyond me… It is one reason I refuse currently to pay the upgrade fees to move to CC. I tried the demo. And based on what I need as a user, I was more discouraged than impressed.

  • Juraj

    Great solution, works. Thank you.

  • prasanna

    wow, man you did it so cool i was heart broken about this 4k issue but u fixed it and i just tried it to cinema 4d and it works like a charm and adobe suite as well.

  • eadee

    got to work on MT4, Adobe CS5 Bridge, Dreamweaver but not Photoshop. Any ideas?

  • Help

    Tried this fix, didn’t work. Running Ps and Ai CS6 in Windows 10 desperate for help

  • Mike

    My people will speak of your kindness for generations. Thank you, good sir.

  • Antonio

    It was working! and suddenly it stopped working(happened with latest windows 10 update, so i made the change on regedit again then it work again…) BUT… then it suddenly stopped working again with out any update and adding the file or changing the regedit again doesnt seem to fix it anymore also i cant change it from hex to decimal anymore, help please…

    PS. The program I’m using is 3Dmax

  • Scott

    Thanks, Dan, for a handy fix. It worked on all my Adobe apps (Win 10, Surface Pro 4, Adobe CS6).

    One problem that persists is that when opening an Adobe file from within another program, e.g. from within Firefox, the launched program does not seem to know about the manifest. If I open the Adobe app first, then click on the link in Firefox, it will open in the already opened Adobe app, and everything is fine. It also happens when Adobe Acrobat is launched from my scanner after scanning a document. Is there a fix for that?

  • Scott

    For those posters having difficulty getting this to work, here are some tips:

    1) in regedit, don’t worry if HEX reverts back to DEC. The value 1 is the same in both bases.

    2) To locate the folder where the .exe.manifest file should be placed, right-click on the shortcut to the application and select “open containing folder” or “open file location” or the equivalent. Then click once on the .exe file that is highlighted and copy the name to the clipboard. Then copy the manifest file to that folder and change its name with the one you copied to the clipboard.

    3) Be sure you have file extension visibility turned on. If not, you may be working with photoshop.exe.manifest.txt and it will appear in the File Explorer as photoshop.exe.manifest instead. (Turn on extension visibility in File Explorer’s “options” dialog. Uncheck the option to hide known extension types.)

  • Jason

    Thanks so much for this fix!

    In regards to Autodesk programs no longer scaling properly after a while… I was at my wit’s end with this for Maya and then I did some poking around and found the problem!

    Right-click on the actual .exe file and goto Properties.
    Now go to the Compatability tab of this window.
    Uncheck the “Disable display scaling on high DPI settings” checkbox!

  • Emilio

    After execute some programs the uncheck “Disable display scaling on high DPI settings” goes out.

    I need to set the uncheck again everytime i execute the program

    (i.e. Firestorm, a Second Life viewer).

  • Livio

    GREAT! Thanks!

  • Brandon

    EXCLUSIVE!! That’s an awesome fix. Anyway you could show me how to do it?

  • Matt

    This is absolute genius and the most useful advice!!!!! THANKYOU – works Win 10 and 3ds Max

  • Joe

    Excellent! photoshop now looking great on my Surface Book!

  • Rob

    WORKS GREAT!! Could you post manifest for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

  • Ferrox

    Hi everyone!

    @Scott & someone who could helpme:
    I have the same issue like you had with Premiere Pro CS6
    I have a Surface Pro 4 like you, but it don’t work for my tablet.
    i renamed the mainfest like you said in your tips-list but it do not work.
    than i renamed the exacutable file for Premiere from “Adobe Premiere Pro” to “PremierePro” because of the empty spaces but it do not work either…

    Thanks for help!

  • Emilio

    @Ferrox Have you seen the setting ““Disable display scaling on high DPI ” in the Compatibility tab (Properties)? It must be “unchecked” …..

  • Ferrox

    Hi Emilio!

    Thanks for your quick Response!
    Yes, “Disable Display scaling on high DPI” is unchecked!

  • Scott

    @Ferrox, Go to the folder “C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Pro CS6” and you will want to have both “Adobe Premiere Pro.exe” and “Adobe Premiere Pro.exe.manifest”. Keep the spaces in the names. If you see both files, exactly as I’ve shown, then I don’t have any further suggestions.

    @Emilio, I don’t see a Properties menu item in PP CS6, much less a compatibility tab. Are you talking about the CC version?

  • Ferrox

    Emilio means the Properties menue when you right-klick the “Adobe PP”.exe
    And it works now! I made a mistake by typing the “PreferPropertiesManifest”

    When i opened the properties menue i took the wrong file. It was just the link to the “main” .exe.
    The “real” Adobe Premiere Pro.exe still had a ckeck at “Disable Display scaling…”

    Thanks a lot guys

    you made my day!

  • Scott

    @Ferrox Glad it worked.

    Now if only someone could figure out how to get the scaling to work when the Adobe product is launched from within another program, like Firefox or my ScanSnap scanner manager…

  • Emilio

    @Ferrox Pay attention that after run some programs (Firestorm, SL viewer,in my case) the settings return to be “check” again, I dont know why that happen.

    I need to uncheck it each time I run the program.

  • Jim Barr

    This solution worked perfectly on AutoCAD until I closed program and rebooted, then everything went back to the way it was before. I’ve checked the registry and the changed is still there. The manifest file is still where I put it.

  • Pitat450

    You are a bit of a genious, eh? This is just amazing, wonder what I would do if I did not find this :/, using autocad 2015, before the program starts there is just a pop-up saying autocad can run at resolution 1024×748 or higher :), but it just WORKS!

  • Emilio

    @Jim Barr Have you seen the setting ““Disable display scaling on high DPI ” in the Compatibility tab (Properties of .exe file)? It must be “unchecked” …..

  • Robert

    You are a LIFESAVER!!!! It was almost impossible to work on my SP3 prior to coming across this post!

    No issues since installing

  • Rey

    For some weird reasons it didn’t work and now some of my software came out this “he system cannot find the file specified” – they could not be open =.= ….

  • Juan Chinchilla

    This is GREAT!!! It work perfectly with my Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and 3DS max 2016.

    Thanks a lot Dan Antonielli 😀

  • Layana

    Window10 have new update today …i can’t use this anymore … us update that trick

  • Scott

    Some Windows updates change the registry and wipe out the PreferExternalManifest dword you added. Just go back and add it again and it should start working again. You don’t need to add the xxx.exe.manifest files; they should still be there.

  • Neunzehnneunzig

    Thank you very much!

    This works very well with Autodesk Inventor 2016

  • Jan

    Just purchased a new Asus laptop. I use Adobe CS6. Followed steps and suggestions from Scott about location for manifest files. Worked and Adobe program interface is now at a reasonable size however screen display is mildly fuzzy. Very frustrating. My old Vaio was pretty crystal sharp, just slow. If I sign up for Adobe CC will the programs then be clear? Should I just buy a new monitor to extend the laptop desktop that is large so I have a clear work space? I’ve tried adjusting the laptop monitor resolution but that hasn’t helped. Thanks for any help and suggestions!

  • Raph

    Thank you very much for the tip! It worked just fine for illustrator as well as other programs…until today. I have windows 10, and I just had an automatic update of the system and now the manifest method doesn’t work any more.
    I tried to open the .manifest file and change some stuff inside, but I couldn’t figure what to change.
    It would be awesome if someone could help.

  • Raph

    Sorry everyone, I just didn’t read the threat carefully enough. The answer was just several post above me, by Scott:

    “Some Windows updates change the registry and wipe out the PreferExternalManifest dword you added. Just go back and add it again and it should start working again. You don’t need to add the xxx.exe.manifest files; they should still be there.”

    You just need to repeat step 1 of this guide and you’re done. You don’t need to change the .manifest files.

  • Youssef

    wow!! great solution,thank u so much.
    please i have the same problem with Matlab-Simulink.Can i have a same file for matlab-simulink???

  • Sean

    This worked! Used it for my Netbeans IDE and it worked! I’ve been searching for a solution for months!!!! Thanks.

  • Gabriel

    Hi, this method worked for me, but for an unknown reason, the resolution returns in is original size and is impossible to view in my laptop. Any idea? suggestions?

  • Emilio

    @Gabriel Pay attention that after run some programs (Firestorm, SL viewer,in my case) the settings return to be “check” again.

    You need to uncheck it each time you run the program.

  • Emilio

    @Gabriel The setting is “Disable display scaling on high DPI ” in the Compatibility tab (Properties of .exe file).

  • Colin

    Thank you so much! You’re a life saver.

  • Mark

    I believe that’s my exact problem, Eric. Every time I open the dialog again it’s not on Decimal.

  • Scott

    I don’t believe that is the problem. Decimal 1 is the same as hexadecimal 1, and Regedit displays hex by default when you open it. Check some of the other solutions above.

  • Amanda

    Worked like a charm! Easy, clear instructions!

  • Desislava Slavkova

    Thank you! This made my day 🙂 . Too sad Adobe has no solution for such a common issue out there..


    Thank you so much, worked brilliantly , you are amazing

  • Martin

    Can this work with remote desktop? If so where do I place the manifest?

  • Andy Vetter

    Made my day! works great in Win10. Thank you very much!

  • Marco De Carli

    Grazie mille, caro Dan, per la tua fantastica soluzione. Sei un mito! Tanti cari saluti e buone feste di Natale ti augura Marco

  • leo

    After update windows 10 PreferExternalManifest in my registry was gone. Adobe Bridge, where it is for me important was not scaled. So I have to change my registry again. Problem solved.

  • Tahlia

    I have a 64 bit Surface Pro 4, will that be a problem?

  • Scott

    No, I have a SP4 64b also. Works like a charm!

  • Awesome! I have a Surface Book. this method works not just for Adobe programs, but for a number of other software too, such as: Viber, Solidworks, etc.

  • ht

    Thanks so much for this fix! PS and DNG Converter were practically useless before this fix. I also used it for a number of other programs. Perfect!
    Now just have to look out for the Win 10 updates.

    Windows 10, MS Surface Pro 3, CC6 etc.

  • Hey Scott, thanks for letting me know. I’m a bit nervous about playing around with the registry, so I want to be sure . Do the images cone out looking fuzzy on Photoshop though? I don’t want that.

  • Scott

    @Tahlia The images are not affected by the registry/manifest change. The icons in Photoshop will look a little fuzzy because they’ve simply been scaled up without any additional resolution. Other side effects will be that some icons don’t get scaled, so for example, when you click on the magnifying glass, the magnifying glass icon that gets attached to your cursor will be very tiny. None of these shortcomings will affect the quality of the images you create in Photoshop.

  • Mart

    @Won – thank You man!! You are a lifesaver – was stuck with the msvcp80.dll missing crap for a day. Now everything works and scales (CS4 on a LenovoX1).
    Cheers and a merry Christmas!


  • Harold

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!

  • I did it and it worked just fine on my Surface Pro 4. Thanks so much Dan, and @Scott for your assistance. Photoshop is now usable again.
    The menu is almost a little large though because the last two menu options are off the bottom of the screen when set in one column, and I couldn’t see the bottom of the ‘save for web’ dialogue box. Is there any way it can be a touch smaller? If not, it’s okay, it’s a lot better than having it too small to read. I just wondered.

  • Brent

    What about those of us on a 64-bit system? Does Dan’s text file still work? And I’m assuming we wouldn’t’ want to create a new DWORD (32 bit) Value.

  • Tahlia Newland

    I used the 32 bit one and it worked fine on my 64 bit machine. it would be great to have a file specifically for a 64 bit system though. No way am i going to mess around with the file as the last comment suggests, – i might stuff something up – but if someone could post a file for 64 bit system that would be nice.

  • Erik

    For everyone trying to use adobe Photoshop Elements 11 or anything similar that is getting the “The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000007b).” Error I have the fix.

    All I did to make it work is modify the line in the manifest file “processorArchitecture=”amd64” to “x86” and now everything works fine. So again change the “amd64” to “x86” and you should be good.

    Worked for me with elements 11 and Microsoft surface pro 4.

  • I just figured how to make Adobe Bridge CC work under Windows 8.1:
    FIRSTLY : save the Illustrator manifest from the post and rename it as Bridge.exe.manifest, then again, follow all the instructions with the registry as Dan suggests.

    Then follow these steps:
    1. Go to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Bridge CC (64 Bit)
    2. Right click on Bridge.exe
    3. Click Compatibility
    4. Uncheck Disable Display Scaling on high DPI settings

  • Amalia

    Thank you! This works brilliantly!
    I was getting that 0xc0000007b error code initially but the slight change Erikmentioned worked a trwat too.
    Thank you again!

  • Jesse Brandeburg

    A better option than processorArchitecture=”x86″ is to set processorArchitecture=”*” which will work for all executable types, 32 bit and 64 bit.


  • Carolyn

    Thank you so much. Didn’t work with Bridge, but at least I no longer need to strain my eyes trying to read the menus in Photoshop and Illustrator!

  • Gregoire

    Thank you so much!

  • Ron

    Yep, brilliant, thanks.
    For me it worked on Photoshop CS5.5, Bridge, and DNG converter whose menu was a real mess without this.

    It also worked with Premiere Pro CS5.5, but that still crashes and takes the whole system with it, on my Dell Inspiron 7000 15, with 4K screen, i7-6700HQ Processor, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M.
    Still looking for a fix for this.

    Carolyn, if you read this, could you have put the bridge.exe.manifest file in the wrong place?

  • Onon

    Photoshop CS5.5 is tiny interface on Retina monitor.

    I have added a manifest files to solve the problem, the interface is larger, but which lost the ” save as” function.

    While I edit a jpg file, the file cannot save as another file.

    It only saves and cover the original file.

  • Brenden Rodrigues

    Hello, when I try this I get an error saying The program can’t start because mfc90u.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem. If I remove the manifest file from the directory containing the application .exe file then the program opens as before with the small text. I am using windows 10 and the application is Dreamweaver CS5.5.

  • Joe

    Can this be applied to Office 2016 as well? I’ve noticed that Word and Excel have tiny icons when opening up their programs (e.g., when they show you the list of templates to choose from at startup) and would like to apply this to that as well.

  • Ben Jackson

    Using Adobe Photoshop Elements (11), had the problem with it not starting due to “The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000007b).”

    > @Erik All I did to make it work is modify the line in the manifest file “processorArchitecture=”amd64” to “x86” and now everything works fine. So again change the “amd64” to “x86” and you should be good.

    This was the ticket for me too! Thanks a bunch for that.

    I actually changed it to “*” like the other one and it works. Perhaps the reference file could be updated?

    Now just to make it work when launched from the launcher (works if launched directly, but when launched from the launcher, it seems to be ignoring the app menifest)

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  • onlyesterday

    Does this solution apply to other applications? like webex meeting, it doesn’t scale properly on my Surface Pro 4.

  • Sabine

    Hi Dan,
    My work gave me a new Thinkpad X1 Carbon. Your solution worked great for PS and AI. I am also working a lot with InDesign. The problem with ID is not the size of the user interface, but the fact that the interface as well as the actual file is pixelated. I looks like I am back in windows 1997… any idea how I can fix it?
    All other programs (browser, outlook, PS, AI) have a great resolution. Thanks for your help.

  • Greg

    Hi All,

    For all those having issues getting audition cs6 to scale properly. I renamed my manifest “adobe audition cs6.exe.manifest” and it worked. Initially, I tried to rename it as “audition.exe.manifest” and it never worked, which was weird considering that the other manifests work using that naming pattern. Anyway, so just rename your manifest to “adobe audition cs6.exe.manifest” and it should work properly!


  • Brian

    Thanks for the tip on auditon cs6! works great

  • Hayley

    Hi, I’ve been struggling to sort this out with my new HP laptop (running Windows 10) and Adobe CS4 since last night. I was so excited when I saw this solution (thanks for posting it!), but can’t get it to work. I’ve followed all the instructions carefully but as soon as I put the photoshop.manifest.exe into the same location as the executable file and try to run the software I’m told ‘msvcp80.dll is missing from your computer’. I’ve tried reinstalling the CS4 software but to no avail. I can see a few other people have had similar issues. Is there a solution?

  • Try this Manifest File if you are having DLL issues:

    Right Click & Save (.Manifest File)

  • Hayley

    Thanks Dan – sadly still the same error message… can’t work out what the problem is! Appreciate your help though.

  • Katie

    I had done this last spring but for some reason it started to scale small again. I tried to do this again and it would not work. I watched this video (which credits this page) and I realized I was creating a manifest in the wrong file. Link below!

  • Rick

    @Hayley, shouldn’t that be photoshop.exe.manifest (and not photoshop.manifest.exe)?

  • Hayley

    Good spot Rick! Apologies for typo in my message. The file I’ve added is ‘photoshop.exe.manifest’ – thanks for checking.

  • I dont understand why Adobe dosent change it, to be a part of user configuration, why do we have to do all that shit, it has nothing to do with image work at all.

  • Zarifah

    Hi, is this solution works on Powerpoint? It works fine in my Lenovo Laptop but once I transfer it to my secondary monitor, everything become bigger. Thanks

  • Pitat450

    Hi Dan, again, I was happily using your hack for autocad, but only once, now it seems back to eeny tiny again, could you guess whats wrong?

  • Brenden Rodrigues

    hi dan. I saw your comment with the alternative manifest file for people having dll issues but i’m still having the same problem. I’m using windows 10 with dreamweaver cs5.5.

  • Jeff Quinn

    Has anyone been able to get this to work with Quickbooks 2014? I have Microsoft Surface Book with Windows 10. Tried the procedure, but did not change anything.

  • @Pitat450 The fix was working for me with AutoDesk Inventor up until this past weekend and then reverted back to tiny type. Not sure what changed between my system, Win10 or Inventor during that time that would have “unfixed” this.

  • This is NOT a solution, as it will change every time the program update.

    A solution MUST come from adobe.

    The registry is not made for users, but for supeeusers.

  • Lance

    Finally got this to work on CS3 using TabbyPaw’s help and trying a few tweaks. First of all, you need to download the .manifest files for your particular program that Dan provides above in the link. You should open them in a plain text editor like Notepad for windows. Make the adjustments she recommends in the second dependency but TYPE them … DO NOT PASTE… changing to these…


    I have worked with XML type files as a novice and realized that copy/paste and other similar functions actually add formatting from the original source that you may not be able to see but is there and causes conflicts. So typing them is a simple solution that resolves that issue.

    The next part is VERY IMPORTANT as well. When you save the file, you need to make sure you save it as “All Files” with a dropdown below it changed to “UTF-8” The default for my system was .txt and below that was ANSI. I don’t know the technical reason but a few people pointed that out in various ways in their comments.

    Otherwise, follow Dan’s other instructions and things will hopefully work for you.

    By the way, I’d assume that many of the other conflicts people are experiencing with other versions could be some form of the copy/paste issue and/or the “All Files”/UTF-8 issue. If you are using a more updated version than CS3 you likely don’t need to make the changes above, but do need to make sure about the “all files”/utf-8 parts.

    Hope this helps!

  • Chris Wegener

    Thanks, the correct solution for Bridge as well

  • Alienware 17R3 PSCC14.2.1 3840x2160 res

    First of all thanks for the solution as this seems to be the only feasible solution around. Although it’s a great help for painting purposes in Photoshop it’s less usable for precise drawing work.
    I’m using an Alienware 17R3 with Nvidia Graphics card 980M and so the native screen resolution is 3840 x 2160 (4K) with the recommended Display Scale Setting by WinXpro of 250%
    Dan’s solution worked but the menus were slightly to big in Photoshop CC 14.2.1 so reducing the scale in Display Settings (right click on desktop) to 200% gave an almost perfect result not only in Photoshop but in the OS overall.
    There is an issue with the brush contour though. The brush contour is the brush shape you can see when you select a brush and your pointer changes into the shape of the brush. Some people have set up their brush contour as a cross or pixelpoint but for paint|drawing purposes brush shape and size visual representation is more comfortable. The issue that appears is that with Dan’s solution the actual brush size is bigger as soon as you start painting|drawing and not corresponding with the brush contour. This is not much of an issue with painting but it is an issue if you want to draw precise (technical drawing, placing symbols, line thickness).
    So to maintain a fluent work pipeline between different programs (some of them had the same scale issue) I regretfully had to remove Dan’s solution and downgrade my screen resolution to 2048 x 1152 where the brush contour issue disappeared and menu size appeared comfortable.
    It’s a shame though as using my system like this is like ‘driving’ an airplane!

  • Ole Olsen

    thanks, hope somebody can make a hack solution for Sony Vegas too. It does not work on Vegas, it crashes in the launch

  • Mike

    Lance, thanks a bunch! I was struggling to get this to work on CS3. After I edited the manifest file as you described, it worked like a charm!
    The tiny menus are not only the problem in Adobe programs, as I can see similar things happening in some of Office 10 modules. Windows 10 is causing weird issues with a bunch of software. I hope they’ll take care of that soon enough.

  • dave

    In windows 10, I tried this but got a mfu90u.dll file is missing error.

    I DID fix it accidentally a much better, way, though.

    Using Windows 10, Yoga Pro 3, and Dell 24in. (1920X1200) external monitor.

    I simply made the external monitor my main/primary display. That fixed everything automatically!!! The menus are the right size now on BOTH the laptop screen and the external monitor.

    My settings are:
    Yoga – resolution 2136X1200 , app size 150%
    Dell – resolution 1920×1200 (native) app size 100%

    (I rebooted after changing the settings, but I’m not sure if that’s necessary.)

    This fixed other blurry text issues in other programs, too, like Firefox and Thunderbird which are now pin sharp.

    You may need the manifest method if you use the laptop much without the external monitor, which I rarely do.

  • Bravo, Bravo.

    There is no need to pay $10/month to Adobe just so that your menu font size is big.

    Thanks a lot for this help.

  • Rebecca

    It didn’t work 🙁 I don’t know what to do now

  • It is extremely bad programming from Adobe. It can be solved by zooming the entire interface on the computer, but that will allso affect all other programs.

  • Benn Grant

    I’m trying to use this trick to get QuickBooks Pro 2013 to display properly on my Yoga 2 Pro high resolution screen. I believe I am doing *everything* right, but it does not work. I do not get any errors, but the text displayed is still all scrunched up the way it has been from the start, no change. This is under WIndows 10 64-bit.


  • Simon

    Thank you thank you thank you.

    Nearly sent my Surface Pro 4 back!!!

  • Sue T

    I got a new surface book pro and was so upset that adobe cs6 was too small to read. Used your solution and it works perfect! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

  • Kyle

    i tried it in my Adobe edge animate CC and all of a sudden Edge animate stopped working saying “The program can’t start because libcef.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem”. what do i do now?


    Thanks a lot ! works perfectly with my new machine (Lenovo Yoga 3, Windows 10, photoshop CS6)

  • Brian

    I did this solution and it worked for a while for me when I used it for Maya 2015. Now for some reason it is resorting back to its old ways. I redid all the steps and still nothing. Is it just Maya or is it something i’m missing? Any help would be great. Thank you.

  • Michelle

    OMG! this is amazing. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I don’t even need my glasses!

  • Gagaz

    Tnx so much, worked perfectly <3

  • Jake

    You sir are an eye saver! I have a Surface Pro running Windows 10 and Illustrator and Photoshop were painful to use. Thanks!

  • oscar

    Still works!!!

  • Benn Grant

    I still can’t get it to work with QB2013, WIndows 10, and my Yoga 2 Pro – but I really want it to. What’s the next step?

  • Debbie Kay

    I really hate to sound stupid — but, should my Adobe Presenter.exe.manifest file only contain the word “false” — or all of the text in the manifest file that Dan lists? Are there two separate files? One with all of the text from the manifest file and one that only says “false?”
    I tried it copying all of the text from the manifest file – renaming it as Adobe Presenter.exe.manifest and saving it as “all files” UTF-8. I copied it to the Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Adobe Presenter 11.o folder. It didn’t change any of the sizes of the dialog boxes that appear when I’m using Adobe Presenter as an add-in with PowerPoint 13 (32 bit). I’m using a Surface Pro 4, running Windows 10

  • Edgar

    This is great! After a year of aggravation with the UI scaling I found this article and works perfectly. Question; the UI size is now perfect, but the font is a little soft. My screen resolution is 1080p (if that has anything to do with it).. Anyways is there a tweak I can make to this process so that the UI font is crisp?

  • just great! it takes % minutes to fix. i did it for Photoshop and bridge…just BRILLANT.

  • just great! it takes 5 minutes to fix. i did it for Photoshop and bridge…just BRILLANT.

  • Justin P

    I am an engineering student who recently purchased a Surface Book (Windows 10). Previously I was able to get the manifest fix to work, but now when I apply the fix the Adobe splash logo shows up at the larger, scaled size then immediately reverts to the smaller size.

    Does anyone have any insight into this issue? It seems that the manifest file is somehow being overridden. (Note that I have tried with in various compatibility modes & admin mode, with the “disable scaling” box unchecked.)

    Best regards,

  • rosig

    If…rightclick: properties compatiblity *disable display scaling on high dpi*
    is on this fix will not work

  • rosig

    if the regedit entry gets deleted by updates this fix will not work

  • Allie

    Thank you so much! Very easy instructions to follow, everything worked perfectly! (except, my CS5 looks like it’s been made for Windows 97 , fuzzy and pixelated on a 4K screen – but that’s a whole different animal! :P) Thx again! 😀

  • John

    As rosig points, alle updates will remove the changes, så every time the program update, You have to dp it all again.

  • Justin P

    Deleting the key, restarting windows and adding the key back fixed it for me. Was not working without having the restart in between. Probably some quirk of the system…

  • Man….. You are an hero.
    I work in France and this is a “Merci beaucoup” for your work.

    Thanks 😉

  • neverwintermute

    Oh wow, thank you so so very much. I’m wondering if you have the manifest file for InDesign as well? Or know how to find manifest files for other programs? Thanks, this is a life-saver.

  • Sbalky


  • Debbie Kay

    Can anyone answer this for me ? Should my Adobe Presenter.exe.manifest file only contain the word “false” — or all of the text in the manifest file that Dan lists? In the example files above, where Dan says:
    “Here are the files I created for my machine (Right-click and save to use on your machine):


    All of these examples – the text inside the file only says false.

    Are there two separate files? One with all of the text from the manifest file and one that only says “false?”

    I tried it copying all of the text from the manifest file – renaming it as Adobe Presenter.exe.manifest and saving it as “all files” UTF-8. I copied it to the Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Adobe Presenter 11.o folder. It didn’t change any of the sizes of the dialog boxes that appear when I’m using Adobe Presenter as an add-in with PowerPoint 13 (32 bit). I’m using a Surface Pro 4, running Windows 10

    I’d really appreciate it if someone could clarify this for me. Trying to read those tiny tiny boxes is making me crazy!

  • Ingunn H. Bøe

    Thank you sooo much! I can finally use the programs again!

  • Scott

    @Debbie Kay When I click on the four examples Dan posted, none of them say only “false.” In fact, they all contain the same text as his link to manifest.txt. You must be on a different internet than I am. 🙂

    There is only one manifest file per application.

  • ->Scott click “save as”, thats all-

  • Scott

    @John Vedsegaard, I was responding to Debbie Kay’s issues, above. I’m not having any difficulty getting the manifest to work. Debbie was apparently seeing each file containing only the work “false.”

  • Trace

    Pretty awesome fix and instructions. The one thing I’d say to anyone having problems is to go to the respective programs folder and find the EXACT name and make sure that is the name of your destination exe file. E.G. AfterFX.exe.manifest and NOT aftereffects.exe.manifest. Also my registry would not accept ‘decimal’. Forced it back to hexadecimal every time. Not an issue though but caused me to chase that rabbit for a while.

  • Hey Dude,
    Changing the settings in Premiere does not work. I really dont know where i make the fault. would be awesome if you could help me.

    I think the problem is anywhere in naming the txt document into .exe.manifest

    in my C:// folder the Premiere Application is named “Adobe Premiere Pro” but there is no addition like “.exe”
    I use Windows 10 and have a Lenovo Y-50 with 4K display
    Does anyone of you guys have an idea?
    Thank You

  • tim

    How to force registry to take decimal? It keeps going back to hex. So at the moment adobe indesign is still a bit fussy looking.

  • Jaden

    Thanks so much! This worked perfectly. You really made my day!
    I’ve tried so many other ways and even chatted with Microsoft support on this for an hour and still couldn’t get this fixed!

    Brilliant and great work, Dan!

  • Jan-Willem van Dijk

    Hi Dan, works well on my new Dell XPS 15, with Photoshop CC 2015 and with Lightroom CC 2015. But unfortunately it doesnt seem to work with Bridge nor with the Google NIK plugins.
    Do you or anybody else has a solution for this?

  • This would not work with windows 10 using a Surface Book, Sony Vegas 13.
    When you open the program it stops from opening and says Program Could Not Open. You could see that it made a change in increasing the DPI as it enlarged the opening Screen but stopped short of being able to complete in opening the program.

    I was really hoping this would be the solution.

  • This trick works nice for me…
    Thanks a lot. Creating a external manifest file is really a nice idea

  • Diane

    Worked great on Photoshop CC and Bridge CC. Thanks!

  • Arki

    You are a life-saver!

    Works great with Autocad 🙂 Saved an architecture student’s life 🙂

  • Vinq

    How can i fix the same problem for Blender and after effect?

  • ArthefaPhotography

    Thank you a lot. I was not even hopping I will solve my problem with tired eyes. The first one who comes with solution for Photoshop users with 4K screens. Cheers!

  • Colt Skidmore

    Hi, I’ve been on here for hours trying to figure out exactly what to do. I’m a DJ that just got a new computer and my Serato DJ software is having the same problems that all of you seem to be having. I’m using Windows 10 I’m not the most computer savvy person, so could someone please explain everything to do in Step 2. Like how to create a manifest file and everything. Any help would be appreciated.

  • Thats great! Thanks Very much!

  • Rodri

    Work perfectly with WinSCP

  • Chris

    For anyone having problems this may help, I had to change one line in the manifest file. I changed the following”processorArchitecture=”amd64″” to “processorArchitecture=”x86”. I could not get it to work until I did this because I’m not running an AMD processor. Also make sure your file is saved as a “.MANIFEST” file and not a “.txt” file. Even though you have “.manifest” in the name does not mean that it’s saved as a manifest file. Just right click it and then select properties to see the file type. My laptop is a Lenovo Y50 with an intel i7 running windows 10.

  • Jason

    YAY! Adobe fails, you succeed! THanks so much. btw someone has turned your good work into a video of them fixing this at ….l4GCfugE0xQ with 9000 views. I hope your getting a cut of his advertising!

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  • I also want to my little stone to this huge reward list. I kept CS suite work in the Xsmall size since many month, I’m so happy to get this sort out. You save my eyes, my patience, your advise was priceless to me.

  • Sadia

    It works on my DELL XPS 15 ….WOOOOOWWW…GREAT…it worked for my AE CS6, PS CC, AI CS6, PR CS6 ….can u suggest if the same method will work Corel X7 ? any idea ?

  • Anton

    Perfect solution for CS6 on Surface Pro 4, thank you very much!

  • This worked perfectly for me up until a few days ago. I use it for any application that has this scaling issue. Recently, it stopped working for AutoCAD. Is there anybody here that has noticed the same and have you figured out what the problem is? I’ve removed the .manifest file for Adobe and it still renders properly. Has adobe fixed the issue in Acrobat? I did just update Windows, so I am not sure if that update did something to alter the fix performance.

  • Correction to above. When I removed the .manifest file, Adobe stopped scaling properly. So, from what I have experienced, only AutoCAD is acting different. Does the fact that it is a 64-bit application matter? Isn’t the .manifest file just telling windows how to handle the application in regards to scaling?

    Thanks for any and all help.

  • Thank you. I was having the miniaturization issues with both Photoshop and Bridge. I initially had a extra space in the file name for the bridge manifest file. But now both are working great. Thanks a million.

  • mato

    LIFE SAVIOUR! you man should be hired by autodesk also. 3ds max fixed

  • HCF

    Will this work for Premiere Elements 10? I seem to have a similar issue with Premiere Elements 10 on Windows 10

  • Avalon

    Thanks David Jones for pointing out the bit on changing amd to x86. I’m using CS5 on Windows 10 and this fix saved my eyesight!

  • Mike Evans

    I was using this fix in Windows 10 and it appears to no longer work. Anyone else?

  • April

    You are a fucking Genius! I love you. I just did this on windows 10 on my surface pro 4. I was so freakin bummed out until I found this fix. Thank you so much!

  • Keef

    This worked a treat. Have donated $10, get yourself a beer.

  • You are my adobe angel! You saved my sanity and my eyesight. Just sent a donation from our nonprofit. Wish I could give you more!

  • Michael

    Before you play with a manifest file try this. In Win 10 with a HiDef screen go to settings/display and set the display to 100%. Reboot (everything will be really tiny) and then go back to settings/display and set the percentage to its previous size ( 200% in Surface Pro 4 for example ) and reopen the software with the ants problem. It should have corrected itself. If not then proceed to manifest file. Hope this helps someone.

  • Jean

    What about for AOL?

  • Very easy to follow the instructions for fixing Adobe.
    Thank you for the tutorial Bro.

  • Kari

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Thank you so much! Really easy to do and works perfectly!

  • Brittany

    I’ve scrolled through all the comments and none of the fixes are working for me. I’m running Photoshop and Illustrator 64 bit CS6 on a Surface Pro 4 with Windows 10. The strange thing is that the first time I opened PS on this machine the display was fine. Ever since then I’ve been having issues. I watched the video, and I’ve done everything correctly. PLEASE HELP!

  • Horace

    I really appreciate your making this available. For my own part, though, I’m not going to do it, because I just can’t justify making a global change to how my computer handles fonts just to run Adobe’s buggy software.
    I think the fact that users are having to come up with this sort of fix to a problem Adobe has had ample notice about is an indictment of Adobe. To hell with them.
    MediaPro is better than Bridge, anyway

  • Claudio

    Thanks for your help, It really works. You just save my live. Also it was very easy to follow your instructions.

  • Jem

    Yours is the only fix that seems to relate to my issue. Yet it still doesn’t work for me. I have a 3200 x 1800 display on a Windows 10 laptop, and am using Photoshop CS2. I did exactly what you say above, however, everything is still tiny. Any suggestions?

  • Jem

    Finally got it working. I renamed the Photoshop.exe file to PhotoshopCS2.exe, and changed the manifest file to match. It then worked. Obviously, I had to change any shortcuts to reflect this. Thank you for this fix…. just took me a bit loner to get it to work!

  • It worked, not even the highest programmers knew what to do

  • Andy Suciu

    Great fix!!! Love it.

  • MD

    Works great for me too. Had issues with illustrator first.
    After I copied the manifest in that folder where the actual illustrator.exe file is based (C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS6 (64 Bit)\Support Files\Contents\Windows) it worked.
    So maybe that is an idea for all the others with problems. Right click on the icon and have a look where the exe file is stored.

  • Kurt

    This fix has just stopped working for me after the graphics card stopped running, the screen flashed on and off and the alert popped up on the screen saying it had recovered itself ( the card ).

    I’ve tried going through the regedit process and new manifest text, but nothing.

    Any ideas?

  • Gabriela

    Hi! thanks for the instructions, they are so easy to follow… It didn’t work though, the thing is that when I assign the value as “decimal”, then I clicked ok and checked it again and it had changed to “hexadecimal” automatically… can you help me please? Thanks!! (I’m going blind working like this…)

  • Gabriela

    Silly me! I was launching the 64bit one, now it’s working. Thanks so muuuuuuch!!!!! 🙂

  • Tomas

    Thanks, it is really useful trick!

  • Thanks a lot buddy. However, it worked with Photoshop and not with Illustrator, much to my dismay!! Any idea why that would happen? Even though I used the same files provided here?! :\

  • Fikret Oz

    Resolution tho…I do not see the image showing in full res after this adjustment. Looks like it is reducing entire windows resolution on Dell 4K display, any fix on that side? Other than that, thank you for your afford and help.

  • Rebekah

    Hi Dan, really appreciate that you are trying to help with this fix! I have implemented your solution, photoshop appears normal again, but I cannot get Illustrator to display correctly.

    Lenovo Yoga 900 running Windows 10
    Running CS6 versions of ill, photo

    The problem that I am having with illustrator is that the screen has sized itself to the upper left hand corner, so I have most of the tool bar, but not all, and am missing the whole right side of the screen – layers, etc. I also am not able to use the hand to move my content around and when I insert a cursor into a document for type, its tiny! And the text is messed up. Totally confused on this!

    I tried what another user tried and took the photoshop manifest file and named is illustrator.exe.manifest.The location of the manifest files for both apps is Program Files\Adobe , then at the application level under the exe. I have a design deadline and am super frustrated. Can you help?

  • Works great for Viber Desktop App on HP Spectre X360 with QHD display and 64-bit Windows 10 Home! Thanks so much!

  • Mike D

    This fix initially worked with Win 10 & CS6 (PhotoShop and Illustrator) – but it all of a sudden stopped working. May have been a Windows update in-between, not sure.

  • Hugh Mann

    I LOVE you man! Just donated. Keep up the good work!!!!

  • Khang Hy

    So useful, very good job Dan, many thanks to you! But it’s not working with Yahoo Messenger ( I had tried to enable dpi scaling, but it’s have been auto disable when it started over, help me pls.

  • Dewi

    Thank you very much!!!

  • James

    Has stopped working for me as of today, the dword wont stay in decimal always reverts to hexidecimal fuck

  • Roger

    Can’t get it to work with FastStone. Win.10 Intel M processor QHD+ screen. Tried changing AMD to x86 as mentioned above. I wonder if the script in the manifest file needs updating for Win.10 now?

  • I did exactly what you said and now I get the error message “The program can’t start because MSVCP80.dll is missing from your computer.”

  • Vikramajit Singh

    Thanks a lot!
    And I wanted to ask that does this fix works on other applications too? Like Google Chrome? Cause my Google Chrome interface is tiny as well.

  • Iceman

    OUTSTANDING! On Photoshop CS6, I Will reiterate a comment from an earlier post: OPEN Notepad and RegEdit as an Administrator. I also deleted the old registry “ExternalManifest” DWord value.
    Thanks again!

  • celestial

    How do you create those manifests files because i have all adobe software like, flash, bridge etc and i need all of them to be fixed. Plz reply!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • runtmms

    This fix worked great for Quicken 2016 on my Surface Book. I also used Jem’s renaming suggestion to get it working for Photoshop CS2. No idea why changing the executable and manifest names from “Photoshop” to “PhotoshopCS2” worked, but it did. Both of you are awesome!

  • Griffo Yger

    Wow! It works like a charm. I’ve just installed it on my Surface Pro 4 / Win 10. Much appreciated. Why can’t Adobe learn the trick?

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  • Aaron

    I’m trying to do this on my Yoga 900 with 3200×1800 and Windows 10 but I can’t get it to work. I have AdobePhotoshop Lightroom 4.4.

  • Bill

    I did this and it worked like a charm on my Dell 15 7000 with the ultra HD screen…then windows did an auto update and things went back…I re-checked the preferexternalmanifest and it was on hexidecimal so I clicked to decimal….but when it did not return to the way it was I checked and it was back on hexidecimal….I’ve clicked decimal but it wont stick….

  • Hi, thanks for this instructions… I have the exact same problem as Bill… It doesn’t work anymore with the latest windows update

  • Digipat

    Hello. Thank you very much. I succedeed in using with some applications but with Photoshop CS3, I have:

    Runtime Error!
    Program c:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Ill…
    An application has made an attempt to load the C runtime library incorrectly.
    Please contact the application’s support team for more information

    and same thing as with Bill just above…
    Windows 10 on Dell XPS15

    Thank you for your help…

  • Flo

    works perfect with eclipse on my surface pro 4. thank you so much!

  • Sir, please help me.
    not working for me in surface pro 4………..

  • Inayat khan

    Sir could you make a video how to fix the problem

  • Liz Johnston

    You have saved my bacon with the Technical Communications Suite. It works just great, but seems to be just fine if you add the manifest file to FrameMaker. Robohelp is OK. Thanks a million Dan.

  • Vikas Sharma

    Thank you so much buddy..!! I owe you a drink…!!!

  • Kostas

    Hey, many thanks… I wouldn’t have managed to work it out without your help!! It worked for Photoshop cc 2015 much easily compared to Bridge (cc 64bit) in which I couldn’t figure out how to do it but finally it worked there too.

    I want to let anyone who face difficulties fixing his Adobe Bridge scaling know what I did exactly:

    I just took the (previously downloaded -from here-) txt file -> photoshop.exe.manifest and renamed it as bridge.exe.manifest before placing it in the same folder as our executable [i.e. c/program files/adobe/bridge cc (64)]

    Be sure that when you right click the txt file after selecting properties what you see in the Type of file row is: MANIFEST File (.manifest) and not Text Document (.txt) before placing it in the same folder as your executable.

  • Dan


    Your solution was the only one available after many hours of searching on the web. Thanks for the solution.

    I’m not sure of all the other comments listed above for different application but this is the only solution that worked for me across multiple applications – Microsoft Outlook included. The problem originally surfaced for me after purchasing a new Dell Laptop with a high resolution monitor (3840×2160). Was using Win8.1 and a Lacerte Tax program from Intuit with versions dating back to 2010. This was the initial application but it also impacted Outlook, Google Toolbar, and others. All the MS articles only address general features for all applications at the display or OS level. Your solution fixed problems with specific applications when the text was microscopic.

    The same problem existed in Windows 10 for the Lacerte program and your solution still works.


    Thank you very very much. God bless you always

  • Ron

    Unfortunately the beautiful guidance functioned with me micht. All menu ledges in Photoshop CS5 remain tiny!
    I have a 4K Nec monitor+Win10 with 64bit.
    Is there still another another solution?

  • Bro Excellent i was frustrated with my high resolution laptop struggling for almost few apps without this but with your solution now i can run remote desktop photoshop visual studio all without any issues
    Salute for the great solution

    Worked on windows 10
    Lenovo Yoga Pro 2
    3200*1800 Resolution

    Thanks a ton

  • What's Wrong with Windows Developers?

    This solution did not work on Windows 10 64-bit with AutoCAD 2016. I’m beyond frustrated as I bought this laptop for my dad, and now he can’t even use it with this application.

  • Christian

    Does work with other programs, but unfortunately not with PS CS5.5 or Lightroom 4. Any idea, why?

  • Julia

    ATTENTION ALL WHO ARE TRYING TO USES WITH AFTER EFFECTS — after struggling and trying 27 different things, i found out the the correct file name is “Afterfx.exe.manifest” . You are welcome

  • ichi

    Unlucky for my Surface Pro 2 with Windows 10 64bit and Photoshop CC 2014, UI still very tiny.

  • Andreas

    Not working on Sony Vegas 13

  • Isabelle

    Merci pour cette solution provisoire qui fonctionne également pour ADOBE ACROBAT PRO su rune DELL XPS13 3200×1800

  • Thanks a lot for this solution. I can work on my programs on the Dell XPS 13, which is a bomb of a laptop, by the way.
    I had the same issues with Xilisoft software suite, and it works there as well!

  • Aymeric

    Thanks very much : you saved me !!!!

  • jackysl

    hi, may I seek your advice on the below error message after I tried the above suggested solution.

    “R6034 An application has made an attempt to load the C runtime library incorrectly.”

    Please help…… Thanks in advance…..

  • Amazing. You have enabled unusable apps to be usable again. Thank you 1,000 times!

  • Jack

    hi thanks for the photoshop fix thats worked i’ve also tried using it LRTimelapse another Adobe app didnt seem to work on that any ideas i copied the manifest text into my editor then placed it into the LRT folder

  • Thank you for your guide. My wife is thrilled to have photoshop working on her new laptop.

    Please update your guide with a few details.
    1. ensure the user can see the file extension. Windows often attaches a .txt to the end of the manifest.
    2. CS4 requires a slightly different manifest.

  • Here is instructions if you have a different version then above. Should fix dll issues.

  • Gaidala

    Hi guys. I tried the instructions and worked perfectly for photoshop CS6, but it didn`t work for Illustrator CS6. Could you give me some advice please?. Best regards.

  • Ilene

    Thank you very much!!
    JEM… Thank you also!!!!!!

  • Yvonne

    Will the same fix work for Lightroom?

  • Gobion

    Thank you so much for this – it worked for me with Scrivener, Scribus and Gimp on my Dell XPS13 9350 running a desktop resolution of 3200×1800. That really bloody helped me out – thank you!

  • Guys! Glad this fix is still working for a lot of you!

    I am getting a lot of personal messages sent to me for assistance… I am going to do my best to help all of you out, but please be patient with me since I am swamped at the moment.

    Thank you again for all of the kind comments.

  • G. K.

    awesome! thx!!!
    can you also build a manifest for bridge?

  • You have done a great thing for humanity and designers alike!

  • […] Value data box, type 1, and then click OK. On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor. Adobe App Scaling on High DPI Displays (FIX) –> <assembly […]


    its works osm!!!!!! thanks

  • trav haiz

    Have to admit I was skeptical, especially since I didn’t see anyone doing this with Autodesk software in the comments. I followed your steps and BOOM it worked great. Very excited since I just dished 2500 bucks on a new gaming laptop to run CAD. I am much obliged sir. Thanks again.

  • Marshall

    I didn’t work for Java. I’m running Dr.Java for a programming class and it’s not usable. Please help!

  • Where the heck is the information in the manifest file to display in 200% ?

  • Fiona

    Your solution worked perfectly… until windows 10 updated! now I’m back to an interface for ants! Any ideas?

  • As Dan reported some time ago it is a good idea setting up an EnableExternalManifest.reg file with a text editor. It contains the following lines:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    ; enable external manifest file to support hi-res monitor by the application,
    ; e.g. PhotShop, …
    ; see
    ; 2016-03-30
    Double clicking on the reg file enters the stuff into the registry.

    And put aside a manifest file which you can copy and then rename to application-name.exe.manifest

  • Someone from France : )

    Mille fois merci ! You just saved me : ))

  • hai dan..
    Thank you so much you’ve saved my life !!! you bring my autocad back from ants realm !!!
    but why this method wont work on revit architecture..? plz give me the solution to bring back revit…
    i need this program so much as autocad 🙁

  • So I ran into some issues with Illustrator and I’ve realized that the manifest file has to go into the same folder as the “adobe”.exe program file (i.e. “photoshop”.exe) and also the manifest file must be the same name as the “adobe”.exe program file (i.e. Adobe Premiere Pro.exe, adobe premiere pro.exe.manifest). All and all it worked perfect for the entire Adobe Master CS6.

  • Christian

    This solution for Lightroom 4 may work for some of you guys. The Lightroom folder contained a LogTransport2.exe.manifest file. I duplicated this file and renamed one to lightroom.exe.manifest. This solution worked for LR, but I still don’t have any solution for Photoshop CS5.1.

  • paolo

    good day, i just got a new yoga 900 13isk, running windows 10 enterprise and Dreamweaver cs6 and a few others programs doesn’t work. i created a manifest for each of them and to any one works, im just sorry because have this great machine in the hands but i can’t use. does anyone had the same problem with the same machine? thanks to help! have good day!

  • Fiona


    March 30, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Your solution worked perfectly… until windows 10 updated! now I’m back to an interface for ants! Any ideas?”

    **** update – RESOLVED ****

    01/04/16 – The Windows 10 forced update deleted / removed the Regedit! I repeated your step 1 and it works perfectly again!

    Many, many thanks for this fix. You have been so very helpful. Serato told me “Please understand that we are working hard on an improved GUI for Serato DJ, but be aware that I can’t provide a date or timeframe.”…. I think they could start by employing you!!

  • Colleen

    Thank you for providing this solution. I just got a new laptop and everything has been working fine except for when I try to run the program Tracker (then its all super tiny) so I tried to use this trick, but when I get to the point of saving the file it says I need administrator approval. I have no idea how to get this, is there any way around it?

  • Samuel Fiolis

    Hi guys,
    I have some problems with 3dstudio max 2016. I tried to do this fix for my PC (windows 10) but I don’t know why doesn’t work.
    Can someone help me?
    Thank you


  • Sorry if there was any downtime or some comments went missing. I had to switch hosting providers yesterday.


    Thanks!!!! worked like a charm… just needed to change to manifest file.

  • john

    Thank you, it worked. It’s Unbelievable. Love you man!

  • You just SAVED MY LIFE. Thank you so much man!! My 3000 X 2000 Surface Book Monitor was killing me on Premiere Pro! Thank you is not enough to describe how grateful I am for your help!

  • Emilio Sifuentes

    What is the namefile I should use to make it work with 3D Studio Max 2016? And in which folder i should put it? Thank you so much for your help. I aready made it work for autocad and photoshop, but i am having problems with 3D, please help.

  • OMG Dragon…Youre a true savious..many thanks bro.

  • Unbelievable….It worked!

  • Jimmy Lewis

    I can’t seem to get this to work for 3ds Max 2015. I dropped the Photoshop manifest file in my CS6 folder and everything worked great.

    However, putting it in the Max folder… nothing.

    I’m dropping it here – C:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max 2015\ and renaming original Photoshop manifest file to “3dsmax.exe.manifest”. I found your page through a 3ds Max community where some of those members have had success with your fix. However, I am running into some trouble, it seems.

    Any pointers? Am I supposed to edit any of the contents of the manifest file or just the title?

    Any and all help is appreciated.

  • lafz

    Hi Dan! I can’t seem to get Photoshop Elements to work. I was able to make the welcome screen bigger but can’t seem to figure out the rest.. any tips?

  • Thanks a lot Dan. 🙂 It worked on autodesk files too. Thanks once again 🙂

  • Ole

    I have now made a tutorial how to fix the manifest file in Sony Vegas 13 pro… works at last it scales right!

  • Kevin Snow

    Thank you so much for such easy to follow instructions. IT WORKED! thank you thank you thank you…

  • emmzett

    For those who struggle with Illustrator CS6: I made the mistake to put the .manifest file in the wrong folder:

    C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS6 (64 Bit). That will not work.

    Put the .manifest file here and it will work:

    “C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS6 (64 Bit)\Support Files\Contents\Windows

    Good luck!

  • Manfred

    Hi Dan

    First of all, thank you a thousand times sharing this wonderful workaround with us. I followed exactly your instructions and was successful with

    – Illustrator CS6 x64
    – Dreamweaver CS6 x64
    – InDesign CS6 x64
    – Media Encoder CS6 x64

    These apps are working independent of the PreferExternalManifest in the registry. I just added your renamed .manifest-file into the right folders and restarted the system.

    But I am still failing with these two:

    – Photoshop CS6 x64 (Error Message: The sytem couldn´t find the specified file) (translated from German)

    – Bridge CS6 x64 (Error Message: the process couldn´t completed successfully) (translated from German)

    These applications obviously need the PreferExternalManifest. I had just one problems with creating this regedit entry unless I couldn´t set the basis to decimal. It always jumped back to hexadecimal, though I opened regedit in admin mode.

    The manifest files are the same as the others used for all other apps. photoshop.exe.manifest and bridge.exe.manifest. The extensions are enabled and showing Manifest-File.

    I added the manifest files in the correct folders right under the photoshop.exe and bridge.exe.

    For Photoshop: C:\program files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 Bit)

    For Bridge: C:\Program files\Adobe\Adobe Bridge CS6 (64 Bit)

    What I tested:

    Without PreferExternalManifest, they start regularly and far too small.
    Without manifest files they show the a.m. error messages.

    Could you help me fixing this problem? Is there something to change into the manifest files?

    My System:

    Lenovo ThinkPad W541
    Display 3K (2880×1620)
    Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1

    Thank you for your kind assistance.


  • Thank you so much for your kindness in sharing your knowledge on this topic. After 5 minutes on Facebook, it’s folks like you that give me hope for the future of humanity. Keep up the excellent work!

  • Sandeep Rana

    Hi Dan,

    Its really amazing and very simple to understand. but its not working with my After Effect Software. I tried each and every step. But still its showing small icons and font. What to do??

    Like Manfred says its always jumped back to hexadecimal, though I opened regedit in admin mode.

    I am using macbook pro, Adobe After Effects CS6

    please help 🙂


  • Yoav Katz

    This does helped me for a while, but suddenly the problem returns. i tried to redo the process, but no use. i also tried to reinstall the app and again, no use.
    it looks like the windows ignores the manifest.

    please help

  • Febiola

    OMG DAN, THANK YOU SO MUCH. I was having a really hard time with this problem. You just saved my life.

    and for Greg who gave the tip for the Audition one, thank you so much.

  • Dan: Thanks, really. You gave a very useful solution to this problem while any developer of software or hardware don’t care about this. They don’t give a shit. I’ve contacted microsoft, dell, autodesk, and the answer was always the same: “soon” It’s insane to launch software, hardware, technology, gadgets every single year just for selling purposes and with so many issues, failures, unfinished.
    Thanx again.

  • Dan: Thanks, really. You gave a very useful solution to this problem while any developer of software or hardware don’t care about this. They don’t give a shit. I’ve contacted microsoft, dell, autodesk, and the answer was always the same: “soon” It’s insane to launch software, hardware, technology, gadgets every single year just for selling purposes and with so many issues, failures, unfinished.
    Thanx again. Sorry I’d repeat my post cause want to know about new comments

  • Thanks so much for easy instructions for a regedit novice like me. I found that the combination of your fix and setting the display of my Surface Pro 4 to 225% allows the best solution for Photoshop CS6, at least for me. Thanks again!

  • Marc

    Thanks so much !
    It works very good for Netbeans on a Surface Pro 4

  • Rachel

    This worked beautifully for CS6 on a Windows 10 4k display Zenbook. Thank you!

  • Dan… As other users, I was able to enjoy your magnificent fix solution, but now it’s so fuc**ing tiny again. Just for autocad 2016. What happened? please… Thanx

  • Dave

    Excellent! However, you should clarify something in your instructions; the manifest file cannot be saved as a .txt file. Maybe obvious to you, but not something a non-programmer would assume. The file extension .txt must be removed when creating this manifest file. I only discovered this when I saved one of your links and realized it wasn’t a text file. Your screenshot and instructions above that show a textpad icon and made it look like a .txt file. Confusing.

    Thank you so much though!!! 😀

  • @Jason
    “December 2, 2015 at 4:35 pm
    Thanks so much for this fix!

    In regards to Autodesk programs no longer scaling properly after a while… I was at my wit’s end with this for Maya and then I did some poking around and found the problem!

    Right-click on the actual .exe file and goto Properties.
    Now go to the Compatability tab of this window.
    Uncheck the “Disable display scaling on high DPI settings” checkbox!”

    I love you man, really. Thanxs!

  • jimmy cho

    God bless you, This works!!!!!

  • Dirk Kreijkamp

    Thanks, CS6 now works great on my Dell UP2715 5K!!!!

  • geri


    This solution worked for a while with Autocad until lately it crashes the program every time. I removed the DWORD from registry and Autocad runs fine again except the tiny display.

  • lobna Elgheriani

    I tried and i ddn work :/ why

  • Manfred

    @lobna Elgheriani: If you need help from anyone here, pls give us more information.

  • Andre

    how about the portable version? I tried but didn’t work. Any suggestions?

  • Alicia Seffernik

    I think I love you… Seriously, this worked great as a solution for Tableau on my Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

  • micheloro

    Merci beaucoup, cela marche avec adobe cc sur surface book. C’est une aide précieuse de votre part.

  • Turk

    It is great solution. Tested on XPS 13 (QHD+)

  • Sim

    This is genius. Thank you – a million times over!

  • Kane

    I have just recently switched to the dell xps 15 uhd display as well and the solution works! Thank you, but I have noticed that when using the brush tools that the paint/erase area exceeds the brush size. Is this normal? I have not noticed this on my previous computer.

  • Trilok Shrivastava

    Genius. Thank you so much. I was dying.

  • Zglonk

    I love you so much.

  • sarat1358

    It works on my Surface Pro 4 for these Programs: 7zip, ArcCatalog, ArcGlobe, ArcMap, ArcScene, FoxitPhantomPDF, Mp3tag, Screencast-O-Matic, Free Video Call Recorder for Skype, vlc, Window Media Player. Thanks Billions! 🙂

  • Churin

    I wonder if there is anyone who could successfully implement the fix for Photoshop CS6 on Windows 7.
    The followings are what I found:
    1)The fix works for Illustrator CS6 but not for Photoshop CS6.
    2)Symptom: “The system cannot find the file specified” is displayed.
    3)The above message is returned even after the manifest file is deleted.
    4)If the added registry is removed, the Photoshop can start.
    The above indicates that the Photoshop does not like the registry entry.
    Any suggestion is appreciated.

  • OMG u are the man! hope u have some donations for this good info

  • Jon Paul

    Thank you so much! I got a surface pro 4 and this was so maddening to me that Photoshop and Illustrator CS6 were unusable. 3 minutes and it’s just fixed. Awesome!

  • Jeremy

    Fantastic – – your a genius – Thankyou

  • it works with autocad, create registry as instruction then download photosop.exe.manifest rename to acad.exe,manifest, viola, lol
    you’re hero.
    Thank you

  • Anis

    Thank you so much. it works perfect. love you.

  • Rafae

    God Bless you. You sweet sweet man

  • Patrick

    Fantastic! You’re the hero of the year (or perhaps of the decade, if Adobe doesn’t wake up soon).

  • ploon

    You’re a godsend, Dan. I can’t thank you enough. From the astounding responses you’ve got above, one can tell this problem is a ubiquitous pain in the ass. Shouldn’t Microsoft have the decency to make such an option available with the OS?

    Thank you and bless you.

  • Ernie Chiaradonna

    Fix for After Effects:

    Name the manifest file: AfterFX.exe.manifest

    Then put it in the folder:
    Program Files>Adobe>Adobe After Effects CS6>Support Files

    [Running Windows 10]

  • joe

    I wonder if there’s any way to edit the code in the manifest file to prevent the programs from going all visually fuzzy. I mean, our monitors support high-res, everything else on our screens appears in hi-res, and even without this fix–if we allow CS6 to run with the tiny UI–they appear in hi-res. So, could there possibly be a way to edit the manifest to get the UI the proper usable size while remaining hi-res?

    Or, if not, then could there be another workaround? Maybe, instead of using the manifest files to tell Windows that it is not DPI aware so that everything scales properly, maybe there’s some way to create some kind of patch or plug-in for the program itself to increase the UI size while keeping it hi-res.

    I don’t know, I’m not expert in coding. Just something I’ve been thinking of.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m very appreciative of this fix–the programs weren’t usable without it. Just wondering if there’s a way to get it looking nice and crisp, so we’re not sacrificing the capabilities of our high end monitors.

  • Dudeeeee, I think I love you. Kidding, but wow this article. You have made my photoshop perfect again.

  • Guillaume Dilly

    Man, you save my life ! Now, I can work on my fucking AlienWare UHD ! I hope we could discuss more in the future !

  • Jan

    WIN 10 PRO
    4k DELL XPS

    I have also the problem with Google NIK Collection when i use it as photoshop cc plugin.

    Photoshop cc (200% scalling) and nik collection works fine with out this fix when i use them stand alone. But if i use the nik collection trough photoshop, the UI from NIK collection is to small. This fix does not work.

    please help

  • Your a GOD! A GOD, I tell you… A GAWD!!!

  • Pedro

    Works fine with me, only one side effect my system tray icons network, power and actioncentre are gone and grayed out. After deleting the registry entry PreferExternalManifest they show up again. Don’t know why. I am on win7 x64. Same for QWORD (64bit) VALUE. I have been searching for months why my tray icons vanished and found out that this was the cause a couple of minutes ago. I wonder if others experienced the same. With regards Pedro.

  • Pedro

    Check double check. I tried it on 3 other desktops wit the same result. System tray icons gone and greyed out.

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  • Jose Fernando

    Not works… :,( on my dell XPS 15 9550 with 4k display and WINDOWS 10

  • David Prest

    I love this fix, it worked so well on windows 8, but upgraded to 10 and it stopped working . Any Window 10 tips?

  • Joel P

    I know how hard it is to put in some hard work for something and not get credit so first off, Dan, you saved many of us from headaches and eye strain. Thank you!

    I do have one issue. I’m using Adobe CC, Photoshop and Lightroom package. I have 3 monitors. Two are Acer 23″ at 1920×1080 and one is a Dell 27″ 4k. Bridge is readable now on the 4k! Photoshop too after I edited the Interface Preferences to go back to normal, though the NIK collection panel is a little odd but that’s on one of the Acer 23″ monitors. And Lightroom…

    Lightroom on the 27″ 4k looks perfect, menu is readable and I don’t feel like I’m straining. However, when using LR I keep the 2nd monitor view open and in Grid view when browsing the library or developing. This is where the issue comes in.

    The Grid view (to my left) goes one of two ways. If I go full screen on it, the entire panel sits about 2/3 down the monitor and I can’t move it, as if it’s seeing the monitor is much lower. I deselected the “Sync with Opposite Panel” and that didn’t help. When I bring it out of full screen (Shift+F11), I can resize the window and place it correctly, but then I lose the Library Filter portion of the panel. Like, it’s just not there. That happens without the Manifest mod too so I know that’s not the fault of your fix. That’s just Adobe.

    I guess, is there an option (Code, Switch, something…) to make the Manifest ignore the resolution of the secondary monitors or anything under 4k? I’m just reaching out and wondering. I don’t code, I just fix hardware 🙂 I’ve been a tech for years, photography is a hobby and passion as well. This brings both sides of my brain together and still makes me happy to see this fix.

    I can’t wait for Adobe and Microsoft to kiss and agree though on this fix themselves lol.

  • Paul

    GENIUS….. Just GENIUS…. Thanks

  • Y.K.Sahu

    A great solution to the problem. A great help to computer users. Thank God people like you are there to help. Thanks…..

  • thank you Dan! it worked perfectly … almost! we still have problems on the second monitor (1920px) with the smalls symbols at the bottom of the palettes (history, actions, etc.) on which the popup description of the symbols do not appear. Some of them appear one foot distant from the symbol itself, but when the palette is too close to the end of the monitor they probably appear out of range.
    When I place the palette on the first monitor 4K they appear perfectly. Is there a solution that you are aware of?
    Best Best Bestest regards!!!!!

  • Dmitry

    Dan, i’m very sorry to point out the negative side: your solution makes the UI readable but the pictures themselves are shown as if on a regular HD screen, i.e. “full screen view” of 24Mp photo was 54% before and 22% after your solution applied – so all the advantages of 4k screen gone.
    Or am i mistaking?

  • I came across this tip in May 2016 (more than 2 years after it was posted). It worked great for me on a notebook with Windows 10 (ver 1511, Build 10586.318). The only thing that I changed was “amd64” to “x86” as recommended in previous comments.

    Thank you, Dan Antonielli, for a fabulous fix!! What a terrific tip. It solves a serious problem for any program that uses the Adbobe font scaling technology (especially if they are set to the DPI from the days of VGA and SVGA monitors).

    To others who may follow, give it a try. The list of steps on two different web sites make this process look far more intimidating than it actually is. All you need to do is add a 1 digit registry key and copy the file to your program folder.

    To those who find that they cannot add the digit “1” with the decimal setting, don’t worry. 1 is 1 in either binary, decimal, or hex. For this value, there is no difference.

  • S Naeem

    Thanks so very, very much! Incredibly clear instructions and worked perfectly.

    The file had to be placed in a subfolder –

    Adobe Illustrator CS6 (64 Bit) >Support Files > Contents > Windows

    You’re a star!

  • Gao

    Thank you very much! You really helped a lot of us!

  • It used to work before win10’s last upgrade!

  • I have the very latest Win 10 build and the Adobe-scaling fix works splendid for me. Perhaps you need only to re-do the registry hack? That is, perhaps that one key was overwritten by your Windows update.

  • Alfred Li

    Worked and donated. You are awesome.

  • Anthony Smith

    Has anyone done this successfully with 3D Max?

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  • roberto

    Anyone have information about blurried text when using this fix?

    thanks man!

  • are you jesus??? you saved us! lol

  • Thanks for the reply, Ellery. I tried that, but no avail. I also tried to uninstall the latest windows update package (KB3156421), but it didn’t work either, and I cannot go back any further in time with my system. The fact is the workaround simply ceased to work. I was using it on Autodesk`s AutoCAD and 3DSMax, and one day they just shrinked to tiny 4K.

  • I just had an insight and solved the problem! All it took was to run “Troubleshoot Compatibility” on the exe with the manifest file in place. Windows suggested a setting and everything resumed working!

  • For those running Photoshop CS4 on Windows 10, this is what worked for me on a Surface Book (1 TB):

    1. I followed Dan Antonielli’s instructions, but got the MSVCP80.DLL error.

    2. I then followed Dan’s second instruction (copied below) and given above, which was an edited photoshop.exe.manifest file, but still got the MSVCP80.dll error:
    Dan Antonielli
    January 9, 2016 at 12:08 pm
    Try this Manifest File if you are having DLL issues:

    Right Click & Save (.Manifest File)

    3. I followed Super Scary’s instructions posted Mar 19 at 16:43 on, which I’ve excerpted below:

    Here are instructions for older versions of adobe products (before CS6), when you try to open
    the program and get a dll error:
    a. Look in the folder where you placed the manifest you will see a different .manifest file.
    For photoshop CS4 it’s Microsoft.VC80.CRT.manifest.
    b. Open that file, it contains a line which starts <assemblyIdentity.
    c. Copy that line into the manifest downloaded from above. Your going to want to replace one
    of the existing assemblyIdentity lines.

    This is the code that was in my Microsoft.VC80.CRT.manifest file that I used to replace the code in Dan's photoshop.exe.manifest file:

    THANK YOU Dan & Super Scary for fixing a very frustrating problem!!!!

  • Miguel

    I don’t know why it stopped working for AutoCAD… But it is still working for Revit and 3DS Max.
    What can I do for it to work on AutoCAD again??
    Please help!

  • Miguel

    Thank you jptrrs!!!!!! You saved my life. It is working on AutoCAD again.

  • Robby

    Thanks a lot
    You help me with my small icons and letters problem, lately I changed to an 27” HI resolution monitor using CS6 and all as so tiny !!!
    Thanks again your solution is great.

  • Allie

    Ahhh, thanks so much. My eyes can finally relax and not squint the entire time.
    I was wondering if there’s a version for screen resolutions of 1920×1080? This current fix DOES make everything bigger…but a bit too much bigger, aha. Here’s a screenshot:

  • Keyrad Abasi

    Great Job!!!!!
    Thanks a lot my friend!!!

  • Paula

    Thanks you!!! After a few attempts and everyone’s help suggestions it worked!

  • Tonka

    Wow. Thank you very much. I just fixed my Adobe Bridge on my Surface Book running windows 10. Thank you for the heads up. I will definitely be following this site from now on.

  • Thank you!
    Love from Germany

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