Lightroom Classic CC: Tiny menu fonts on iMac 5K 27"

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My search found many posts about folks having problems with hi-res monitors and LR, but no solutions.   I just attempted to start using LR Classic CC after 25 years of using Photoshop.  I couldn't read the tiny menu font.  Prefs only give you the choice of tiny and even tinier.  Both render this app useless to me.  What a disappointment.  Adobe:  you need to fix this bug.  Btw, PS CC 2018 does not have this issue.
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I've heard from iMac 4k and 5k users that binoculars help. <BG>

Have you tried changing your System Preferences > Displays to Scaled and fooling with that? I'm sure you'd only want to change for LR, since the others are okay, and you'd want to be careful since everything scales when you do that, but. . . As an interim measure until Adobe can work out something with Apple's monitors. I honestly don't know if it doesn't create more problems than it solves. Still, it's something to try.
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Yes, I know about that.  It's the Mac's zoom feature and it wrecks everything on my desktop and things are then partly off the screen and the image itself that I'm working on looks like it's on an Apple II. No thanks, but I appreciate the reply.  I really just want LR fixed and leave everything else alone.
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I recently updated PS and LR at once. PS has readable menu fonts. LR has tiny unreadable fonts. What are Adobe engineers and marketing people thinking? This is utterly ridiculous!
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I'm running Windows 10 and a 24" 4K monitor and am in the same boat.  Right-click menus in LR are infinitesimal; unreadable without a magnifying glass.  LR is unusable for me until this is fixed.  Neither changing the Windows font scaling setting or the font size preference in LR changes anything.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled The new update did NOT fix the tiny menu font problem. Don't those guys ever rea....

 Don't those guys ever read or listen???  LR is UNUSABLE to people with hi-res monitors. (I mean iMacs).
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Two kind responders told me to make sure the my 5K iMac display was set to native resolution.  Yes, I understand that and that is the only monitor setting I have ever used.  They said they have no problem reading the menu fonts.  They appear to be approximately 1/16" tall.   My eyes are about 28-30" from the screen.  Can't make out the letters.   Perhaps those users are 1/3 my age,  but programs like this are very often used by people over 60 and often over 70 years of age.  Why do I have to struggle to read it when Adobe only needs to give us the option of increasing the font size in preferences?  It's so simple a fix.  I understand that Windows users do have this option.  That makes me think even more, "What is Adobe thinking?".
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Where are you seeing those small fonts? I've never seen anything that small anywhere in Lightroom. Definitely not in any menu. I wonder if this is a configuration issue. A screenshot would be good.
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Hi Jao. Are you using the same iMac 5K as I do?  It's difficult for jpegs to exactly show the exact same screen size as the actual screen.  I included a scale in one, so try to size the image so that 1" really is 1".. And view from 28" distance.  I can make out the menu fonts better if I lean over my desk at about 16" from the monitor, a very bad and unacceptable way to work.  


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Ah. I looked at the image above scaling it so that the scale was the same as on a ruler. What you show is exactly the same size as the slider text is on my computer. Also, most fonts on web pages (like this one) are about that size for me as exemplified by the fact that the text in this webpage is the same size as the text in your screenshot. Also the text in the standard screens in Finder is about this size. I can easily read this from 28". It is a good point that this could be too small if your vision is not excellent. Mine is pretty bad by itself but well corrected by my glasses.

BTW this has nothing to do with having a high res monitor or not. The fonts are exactly the same size on a standard resolution monitor as the operating system just scales everything and renders the fonts and all other interface elements twice as large on the high res displays so that the actual size in inches of the text is the same, it is just much sharper on a high res screen as the same letter is made up of 4 times as many pixels (twice the resolution in each direction). This assumes you are using the "default for display" setting.