tool bars in Photoshop CS5 are tiny and not normal size

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I've been using CS5 for over a year on Win Vista with no problems but I recently got a new computer with Win 8. Now whenever I open CS5 the left tool bar and top selection menu (including filters, file, etc) are so tiny I can barely see them. Yet when I click to open them the menus are regular size. How can I correct this? Thanks
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Chris Cox

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Photoshop can't draw the toolbars in any other size. It sounds like you've got some utility program changing the way UI is drawn, or you got a high resolution display (200 dpi or more) that will display most UI as tiny (because the OS scaling is not exactly functional).
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thanks for your prompt reply. How would I go about determining the display resolution and seeking out which utility it is
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Check the documentation for the display. It'll either mention the resolution, or say X pixels by Y pixels and Z inches.

As for utilities - I don't know what you have installed on your system, or what settings you may have changed. Only you know that.
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hi - I have the same problem. I got a new Asus windows 8 laptop yesterday and I haven't changed any of the settings. I installed photoshop and the icons are tiny, to the point where I think photoshop will be unusable for me. - any advice? - thanks

Christian
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If you have a high resolution display, then older versions of Photoshop will still draw at normal resolution - and look rather small on the high res display.
Photoshop CC 2014 has an experimental feature to work with high res displays (still not complete - we had to spend a lot of time working with Microsoft to even get this far).