Window title bar and system icons too small at high dpi

By on March 28, 2014 12:17:34 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

davidhonner

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I have a new MacBook Pro with retina display that I use Windows 8.1 on. I have downloaded WindowBlinds but every skin I apply has the same problem - tiny system icons. These are the icons in the title bar (eg window minimize, window maximize, window close), also the icons on the bottom right in the notification area of the task bar, and also the right arrow icons in the Start menu (I am using Start 8 to get a proper Start menu going).

The tiny size affects programs like Firefox - the top title bar is now so small that there is nothing to grab onto to drag the window around.

It may be a switch in Windows 8.1 itself - I have played around with everything that I could find but nothing works. Maybe some skins are only optimised for certain resolutions - in which case it would be nice to know what might work at high dpi settings.

Hardware: 15-in 2880 x 1800 pixel screen (native resolution) at approx 220 dpi. Intel Core i7 CPU with Nvidia GeForce GT 750M

Software: Windows 8.1 Pro, 64-bit OS, WindowBlinds 8.03, Start 8 v1.31, Modern Mix v 1.12, Firefox, Thunderbird, Skype (not much else as I am still in the process of loading all my programs onto the new machine).

Any clues as to what is going on here? I've already paid for the software so I don't want to waste my money.

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March 31, 2014 11:36:03 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Can you provide some screenshots of your 220dpi windows like Firefox? With a DPI at that setting, you may run into issues. Have you set the DPI to something smaller to see if the issue persists?

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March 31, 2014 11:56:00 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Firefox scales ok. So do most other programs. They seem to be aware of the actual dpi in use. Example - I have a 120 dpi monitor attached to my 220 dpi laptop and when I drag Firefox across from one screen to the other everything scales automatically as you'd expect.

 

It appears to be a problem with the skins. I have examined a few in SkinStudio to find out what is happening. There the width of the borders and the buttons are all specified in pixels. So a higher dpi = tiny buttons and too thin borders.

 

Trivially, changing the skin to have a format with extra width (doubled is probably sufficient) might work. But it would have to be tested by dragging from one screen to the next with different resolutions on each screen.

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April 1, 2014 3:22:43 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

I'd like you to submit a ticket and copy paste your forum post to it.

http://esupport.stardock.com/index.php?/Tickets/Submit

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April 13, 2014 10:54:17 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I am also having this issue.  Windowblinds 8 does not seem to be high-DPI aware.  I have a Macbook Pro Retina and have Windows 8.1 Pro installed on it.  I tried to use Windowblinds but it is unusable - the titlebar is way to thin, the title text is cropped horizontally, window buttons are tiny, and so on.

 

Are you going to release a fix for this issue?

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May 29, 2014 12:17:09 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I thought I was the only one with this problem.  Running Win8 in desktop mode means the various controls -- title bars, buttons, scroll bars, etc. -- have to be resizable, for function.  I want to have a lot on my screen, but I need to be able to move stuff around -- especially in touch mode, where it's extremely difficult to pinpoint those tiny min/max/close buttons!

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May 30, 2014 8:16:59 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

I'd like you all to go to the .exe of the application you're attempting to use, and right click it, select properties, then select the compatibility tab. On that page, select 'Disable display scaling on high DPI settings'. See if your applications are displayed to your liking afterwards. Please let me know if that worked for you.

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May 30, 2014 12:08:18 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Doesn't seem to make a difference.  If it's helpful, some applications have a larger, functional title bar, while most don't.  I'd post screenshots, but I don't see that functionality here.

I have a Dell Venue Pro 11 7130, Intel Core i5 150 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Win 8.1.


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May 30, 2014 12:16:48 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting sirfing1,
I'd post screenshots, but I don't see that functionality here.

Look down where you type a reply, find the Tree Icon, click it and put in the information.   

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May 31, 2014 10:23:12 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

 

 

 

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June 2, 2014 11:13:41 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Unfortunately it appears you're hotlinking from a site that does not allow photo sharing. I'd like you to send in a support ticket so we can take a look at your system settings and assist you further.

http://esupport.stardock.com/index.php?/Tickets/Submit

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June 14, 2014 1:25:24 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

I am having the same problem.  Dell XPS 15 with a 3200x1800 display.

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