Increase Font Size in Adobe Bridge on a High Resolution 4k Graphics Card and Monitor So It Is Not Too Small to Read Text

Edited by Doug Collins, Anonymous, mrsammy, vc and 3 others

You would think a large company like Adobe would be on the ball and have upgraded all their apps to handle 4k monitors on Windows 10.  However you would be dead wrong.  Adobe is a very large company now and believes wrongly or rightly that you cannot use any other product for graphics design.  I have included screen by screen steps to clearly show you how to configure adobe bridge to use a reasonable font size.  The real problem is that on High DPI Displays are not supported properly in adobe bridge.  To fix this problem you will need to turn DPI support off for bridge in an external configuration file called a "manifest file".  Before Windows will use an external manifest file you will need to manually edit your registry to turn it on.  If you don't want to edit your registry this wiki is not for you, but unfortunately, as far as I know, no other way to solve the problem of tiny unreadable text in adobe bridge.
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Turn on manifest file support in Windows 10

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    From your start menu search area type "regedit" and press enter.
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    Give RegEdit permission to make changes to your PC.
    Click Yes.
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    Your registry editor should look like this.
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    Navigate through the folders to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > SideBySide
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    Create a new DWORD value.
    Right click on the blank area anywhere in the right panel. Click on "DWORD (32-bit) Value" and then choose "New"
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    Rename the new DWORD to "PreferExternalManifest"
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    Click on the new DWORD.
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    Change the value to "1" Decimal.
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Create the manifest file

  1. 1
    Browse to your adobe bridge folder.
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    Create a new text document.
    Right mouse click on your desktop and choose "Text Document" > New
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    Name the new file "bridge.exe.txt" for now.
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    Cut and Paste the following code into the file and save it.
    For formatting reasons you will find the code section at the end of these steps.
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    Here is the contents of bridge.exe.txt to cut and paste in:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
    
    <assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" manifestVersion="1.0" xmlns:asmv3="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v3">
    
    <dependency>
      <dependentAssembly>
        <assemblyIdentity
          type="win32"
          name="Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls"
          version="6.0.0.0" processorArchitecture="*"
          publicKeyToken="6595b64144ccf1df"
          language="*">
        </assemblyIdentity>
      </dependentAssembly>
    </dependency>
    
    <dependency>
      <dependentAssembly>
        <assemblyIdentity
          type="win32"
          name="Microsoft.VC90.CRT"
          version="9.0.21022.8"
          processorArchitecture="amd64"
          publicKeyToken="1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b">
        </assemblyIdentity>
      </dependentAssembly>
    </dependency>
    
    <trustInfo xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v3">
      <security>
        <requestedPrivileges>
          <requestedExecutionLevel
            level="asInvoker"
            uiAccess="false"/>
        </requestedPrivileges>
      </security>
    </trustInfo>
    
    <asmv3:application>
      <asmv3:windowsSettings xmlns="bridge.exe.txt
        <ms_windowsSettings:dpiAware xmlns:ms_windowsSettings="bridge.exe.txt
      </asmv3:windowsSettings>
    </asmv3:application>
    
    </assembly>
    
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    Browse to your Adobe folder where bridge.exe is residing.
    Then move the new file you created into your adobe folder. You will need to authorize the move as an administrator.
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    Rename the file to "bridge.exe.manifest"
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    Authorize the name change.
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    Now launch bridge.exe and if you have done everything properly you should be able to read the text easily.
    If not check your steps carefully. If the filename is not correct it will not work.
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Create a new text document. Right mouse click on your desktop and choose "Text Document" > New Name the new file "bridge.exe.txt" for now. Cut and Paste the following code into the file and save it. For formatting reasons you will find the code section at the end of these steps. Here is the contents of bridge.exe.txt to cut and paste in: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?> <assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" manifestVersion="1.0" xmlns:asmv3="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v3"> <dependency> <dependentAssembly> <assemblyIdentity type="win32" name="Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls" version="6.0.0.0" processorArchitecture="*" publicKeyToken="6595b64144ccf1df" language="*"> </assemblyIdentity> </dependentAssembly> </dependency> <dependency> <dependentAssembly> <assemblyIdentity type="win32" name="Microsoft.VC90.CRT" version="9.0.21022.8" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b"> </assemblyIdentity> </dependentAssembly> </dependency> <trustInfo xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v3"> <security> <requestedPrivileges> <requestedExecutionLevel level="asInvoker" uiAccess="false"/> </requestedPrivileges> </security> </trustInfo> <asmv3:application> <asmv3:windowsSettings xmlns="bridge.exe.txt <ms_windowsSettings:dpiAware xmlns:ms_windowsSettings="bridge.exe.txt </asmv3:windowsSettings> </asmv3:application> </assembly> Browse to your Adobe folder where bridge.exe is residing. Then move the new file you created into your adobe folder. You will need to authorize the move as an administrator. Rename the file to "bridge.exe.manifest" Authorize the name change. Now launch bridge.exe and if you have done everything properly you should be able to read the text easily. If not check your steps carefully. If the filename is not correct it will not work. ' />

Tips

  • Since you are turning scaling mode on, depending on your card resolution vs the scaling factor, you may notice a slight blurry presentation.

Questions and Answers

Bridge CC-Increasing font size?

I am following your instructions on how to increase fonts in Bridge CC I am having trouble with the cutting and pasting I copy your posting but it will not allow me to paste in the new folder I created... I also have it on notepad and attempt to copy/paste...no success! Where do you think I'm going wrong? Thanks

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Problem with your instructions on Font size in bridge?

I successfully followed all your steps until I had to copy/paste the contents of bridge.exe.txt. It does not allow that to happen. What am I doing wrong?

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Can change the value from 0 to 1, but can not change the DWORD base from hex to decimal?

Can change the value from 0 to 1, but can not change the DWORD base from hex to decimal.

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Tried several times to fix font size problem. Problem with manifest file?

I was getting the side-by-side error that others have discussed. Went to the application event log and found: Application Event says there is a syntax error on line 39 of the manifest file. Trying to download again. File looks right.. Went through process several times. Finally looked at Application Event file and it is saying there is a syntax error on line 39..

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Paragraph around line 39 as pasted from above: <asmv3:application>

 <asmv3:windowsSettings xmlns="bridge.exe.txt
   <ms_windowsSettings:dpiAware xmlns:ms_windowsSettings="bridge.exe.txt
 </asmv3:windowsSettings>

</asmv3:application>

Not sure what the "bridge.exe.txt is supposed to be doing as that file had it's name changed...

Found this paragraph on another site and it worked: <asmv3:application>

 <asmv3:windowsSettings xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/SMI/2005/WindowsSettings">
   <ms_windowsSettings:dpiAware xmlns:ms_windowsSettings="http://schemas.microsoft.com/SMI/2005/WindowsSettings">false</ms_windowsSettings:dpiAware>
 </asmv3:windowsSettings>

</asmv3:application>

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Followed all instructions to make font larger in Bridge still no luck - even tried to change the text folder as other user suggested?

Followed all instructions to make font larger in Bridge still no luck - even tried to change the text folder as other user suggested.. I have tried: Your regedit hack with external manifest file. I think it was caused by: The code and Adobe sucks

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