Photoshop CS6: How do I increase the size of icons on menu?

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I just got CS6. The icons are so teeny that I can't see them! I can't read the menus and I'm getting a serious headache just trying to find stuff. How in the heck do you change the icon size? And, is there any way to change the gray on gray color theme? I am not able to use this expensive program without really straining! I have a large monitor, too.
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Chris Cox

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You can't change the icon size. They're designed for a 100 dpi display.
On MacOS there is support for the 200dpi retina displays (make sure you install the updates).
But if you're on a normal 100 dpi display and the icons are hard to see - then something is messing with Photoshop's drawing, like a utility or OS scaling setting (which doesn't work so well).
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So, how do I change the size of the type on the menus? If I can't, then good grief! I'm on a PC, not a MAC, and I'm almost in tears at how difficult it is to see anything! Is there a setting for someone with vision issues? I know that sounds counter-intuitive for a Photoshop user, but I can see my work, I just can't see the silly little tools.
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You can change the UI font size in preferences, then restart the app to pick up the change.

No, there is no setting for vision issues. Windows UI scaling APIs just doesn't work yet.

It really sound like something on your system is causing Photoshop to draw incorrectly. The normal icons should be fine, unless your vision is around 20/4000.
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no, there is a serious problem with the size of the menu. You either have eagle eyes, or you aren't seeing what Corrine and I are seeing...Oh wait, we can barely see anything.
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Please see the previous answers.
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It's now been two years and I have  27" 4K monitor with a native resolution 3840 x 2160. My eyesight is just fine; however, the GUI in CS6 is miopic... Any news since your last suggestions?

Please don't bother with the CC version. After upgrading CS fro the very beginning and find out I now need to be tehered to Adobe to run your programs, is offensive at best. 

In any case, I'm not asking about CS2, but CS6. Everyone else seems to feel providing the ability to correct the way the GUI dispays, seems rather obvious. No, scaling in Win 10 doesn't do it. And I wasn't too crazy about modifying the registry on my 30" monitors running dual-link display resolutions to make Cs 5.5 useable. but now its ridiculous...

Thanks.
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The miniscule size is unbearable. Please do something Adobe. 
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Massimo Poggio

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I am sure that as I have done for years, you figured certainly Adobe would address this as it has proven to be a nightmare for everyone and a gimmick for Adobe to coerce you into their "New" CC format that if you happen to have a 4K high res monitor even CC only allows for 200% view rather than what you now have. 

Except that they are working on a fix that it's now still beta and you can download only if apply "for permission" to download if you own CS6 or higher. But don't expect it to do anything for you if you think like I did that the fix would work for CS6 as well as the CC version--it doesn't and the beta download actually installs the CC version on you PC and you still have to sign up for their services to do anything with it.

Do yourself a favor and don't waste your time asking Adobe to help you because they will either ignore you or claim you are blind. This problem has been an issue that Adobe assured me every time I upgraded starting with CS2 that the next version would address. Like you, I now have CS6 and a 4K monitor and to say the GUI is tiny is an understatement.

I don't know if Adobe blocks IP addresses but the fix for your problem is nowhere in the Adobe Website. However if you go to danantonielli.com/adobe-app-scaling-on-high-dpi-displays-fix/   -  preceded by the usual http and the 3 w's and a period, you will resolve Adobe's problem for you. It's also free although I assure you will want to make a donation after you see the results.

You don't need to be tethered to Adobe in order to use software you probably paid a small fortune for as I did.

Best of luck!

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It's March 2018 and I still have the too small icons on my screen. If Adobe support reads and responds to problem issues like this one I need an answer right now! And look at all the other customers who have the same problem. Please help
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If you're using CS6, it's very old. The current version of Photoshop CC (19.1.x) supports scaling up to 400%. https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/whats-new.html#CSUI
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This is effing pathetic....get off your a$$ and fix this adobe!
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Fix what, jdlev? Are you suggesting that there is no scaling in the current version of Photoshop, that it isn't working for you, or that Photoshop should fix something that is old—the way manufacturers of major appliances (and computers) put new features into their old products out of the goodness of their heart?
If you think you should be able to scale your UI and you can't, or you can, but think it's inadequate for your needs, that's something you'll need to be specific about, including in your description of the problem your OS and PS version.
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Corinne I think this is the best temporarily solution that I found. Before you open Photoshop, click start>settings>system, then set the 'Change the size of text, apps and other items' to the smallest possible (mine 100%). Open Photoshop, then change again the setting to around 200%. Unfortunately if you close Photoshop and open it again without doing this step, the toolbars will come again too small, but at least this will surely help for the time being