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GUI tiny in programs

by Poolio3 / January 15, 2017 12:30 PM PST

So I am using Windows 10 and I have a fundamental error that affects me from using many programs that I need to use. The GUI is tiny, like in Photoshop for example. I have tried some tips from youtube videos to fix it but nothing has worked. I'm using a Dell Inspiron 15-7559 with 4k screen. I know there has to be a fix somehow to scale up the GUI. The scaling options within the programs are not a solution either.

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It's a common complaint with UHD 4K
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 15, 2017 12:41 PM PST
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Back to your maker and Microsoft to complain again.

If you get a 4K screen it better be HUGE. Say about 50 inches.

The current workaround is to send a 1080p screen.

Microsoft needs to address this. That is, if the screen size is say 32 inches, 4K display will be nearly unusable.

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by Poolio3 / January 15, 2017 1:02 PM PST

Yeah it's a major issue that is going ignored it seems, there is some workaround (that actually didnt work for me but does for others) but it leaves the icons looking pixelated or the cursor size or other things are off scale. I'm thinking I will have to live with it unless Microsoft comes up with a patch or something.

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Here it's a debate if a patch is needed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 15, 2017 1:33 PM PST
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That is, UHD 4K on 32 inch screens doesn't make a lot of sense in the land of Microsoft. So they don't seem to push the font size/scaling up high enough. Like most they expect a commensurate size display so the DPI doesn't get out of hand.

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did you try changing font size?
by renegade600 / January 15, 2017 12:48 PM PST
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did you try changing windows default font size?

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by Poolio3 / January 15, 2017 1:03 PM PST

Yes it doesn't change the scaling within programs though.

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actually it does
by renegade600 / January 15, 2017 1:14 PM PST
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it will change within programs. I do it when attaching a win10 computer to my tv. you have to do the advance settings not the slider.

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Nod. Slider may not be applicable to small 4K monitors.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 15, 2017 1:34 PM PST
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You have to use the other controls.

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by Poolio3 / January 18, 2017 6:36 PM PST

No that doesnt work...

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Then it's the old complaint.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 18, 2017 6:41 PM PST
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Get back to Dell and exchange it for a 1080p screen.

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only 4k
by Poolio3 / January 27, 2017 6:25 AM PST

They only have 4k screens the laptop I have. Actually I can not use the vast majority of things I need to, I'm really annoyed and yet no solution from Microsoft, they don't care.

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Microsoft and others
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2017 8:56 AM PST
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Don't stop you from buying designs that have this issue so you can see why they don't care. It's our choice here to go with a screen that the DPI was over the top.

Apple for their credit understood this area much better and is a better nanny company and keeps users mostly out of trouble.

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