I'm trying to fix a "tiny canvas" glitch in Photoshop CS6 on my high DPI (hidpi) laptop screen.
I'm working in Photoshop CS6 (64-bit) in Windows 10 on my Lenovo Yoga 730-15 laptop's hi-dpi screen (running at its native 3840×2160 resolution).
On a clean install, the Photoshop CS6 user interface was so super-tiny on the high-dpi screen I could barely see the icons, so I searched around for a solution.
I found a built-in Windows 10 high-dpi screen fix which, at first, seemed to solve the problem as it made the UI elements look the correct size.
However, when I tried to open and work on a Photoshop file, I encountered a glitch that makes the normal Photoshop "working file" window super tiny and jammed up in the top left corner of the screen, overlaying the top menu bar items, like this:
Oddly, the program still seems to think that the canvas working area is sized normally, as it still interprets commands in the black background space as if they are entered on the corresponding tiny canvas working area.
I have been looking for a way to fix this odd glitch and still have not found one. It's super confusing and frustrating. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Any help would be welcome.
This problem appears to be Windows only, as there appears to be a Retina screen fix available for MacBooks.
Please refrain from "answers" or comments that suggest I upgrade to a CC subscription. I am looking for a fix for CS6 in particular.
And because some people will inevitably ask: "Why not just upgrade to Creative Cloud subscription?", let me offer this:
CS6 is the last perpetual license (non-subscription) version of the Photoshop software (meaning it costs a lot more but you don't lose access to it if you stop paying the monthly fee). Unfortunately, Adobe has decided not to offer support for the CS6 software in service of pushing users to pay for their monthly Creative Cloud subscription service. Sadly, because Adobe no longer offers support, any users who legally purchased the CS6 "perpetual" license are left with no options but to seek help from other users in the online community.
Adobe attempts to portray the Creative Cloud subscription service as providing significant added value for users, above and beyond CS6, but in my work I have found the CS6 software is still just as capable as the Creative Cloud subscription version (I have used both for virtually all the same tasks), aside from the recent high-dpi screen glitch problems.
As linked above, Adobe has even acknowledged the problem is (at least theoretically) fixable on CS6 by providing a Retina (high-dpi screen) fix for CS6 on MacBooks. Sadly, they have left Windows users with no recourse but to figure out their own solution.
For this reason, I would ask that this question be allowed to stand, as a solution here may help other users facing this same problem.