I have a high resolution mointor. Buttons and icons of Photoshop interface are too small for me. How can I make them bigger?

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    With the current information it's hard to help you. Could you please specify the version of your OS and Photoshop? Jan 11 '13 at 14:09
  • Apart from increasing font size I don't think you can. You may get better help from Adobe forums
    – MikeW
    Jan 12 '13 at 7:29
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's about the software interface on high-resolution monitors, and not using the tool for photography.
    – mattdm
    Jun 28 '15 at 16:34

In CS6 you can change color theme and font size in preferences->Interface. If your version is older there is nothing you can do other than lowering your resolution.


In theory changing the DPI settings in Windows will allow you to magnify what is displayed on the monitor - however it doesn't always work and some interfaces will look broken if you change the setting, but one can always try.

  • It does not affect icons, only rendered graphics such as fonts.
    – Itai
    Jan 11 '13 at 14:44
  • @Itai the DPI setting should affect all that is displayed on the monitor, irrespective of whether it is content or text -> that's the idea behind it, that those who need a scaled up image can have it.
    – DetlevCM
    Jan 11 '13 at 17:55
  • The idea yes but not how it works unfortunately. I worked on computer graphics software for over 12 years and this has never worked. That is because a lot of user-interface such as all the Photoshop tool icons are bitmaps and simply get display one-pixel-for-one-pixel regardless of DPI settings. There is no easy way for the OS to change this because it has often no data on the intended DPI of the bitmap.
    – Itai
    Jan 11 '13 at 18:04
  • @Itai In this case the Bitmap should be stretched... A Bitmap is just a pixel for pixel image. The downside of this is, it would look bad. Edit: OK, I just checked... Win7 & Photoshop CS4 - the menu text is bigger, the icons aren't...
    – DetlevCM
    Jan 11 '13 at 19:43
  • They should be stretched but the OS does not know by how much. Most bitmap loaded in memory have no DPI data, so knowing the set DPI only gives half the info. If loading from a file like a JPEG or TIFF, there is a DPI field but alas it is often just a default value and not actual intended units. Yes, the menus and text are rendered since they are specified in points which has a meaning relative to DPI. Icons do not because they are just bitmaps. The OS only scales what is specified in a known unit and rendered.
    – Itai
    Jan 11 '13 at 19:59

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