How To Fix Big Apps On Windows 11

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Could it be said that you're dealing with the perplexing problem of larger-than-average applications on your Windows 11 computer? You're in excellent company. Numerous customers experience this issue, which can make navigating your workplace challenging. Regardless, lie back and relax; we'll take care of you! In this blog post, we will examine four effective strategies for repairing large Windows 11 applications and enhancing the client experience.

Modify Scaling Settings

Incorrect display scaling settings are one of the most commonly cited reasons for larger-than-normal applications on Windows 11. To resolve this issue, use these methods:

  1. Right-click the workspace and choose "Show settings."
  2. Adjust the "Change the size of text, applications, and other things" slider under "Scale and format." Test out various scaling rates until you find one that suits your preferences.
  3. Click "Apply" to store your modifications.
By adjusting these parameters, you can ensure that applications are displayed at the appropriate size on your display. Restart your computer after making these modifications for the modifications to take effect.

Refresh Illustration Drivers

Outdated or incompatible design drivers can also cause problems with larger-than-average applications. To update your illustration drivers, please follow these steps:
  • Press Win+X and choose "Gadget Chief."
  • Expand the "Show connectors" section, then right-click on your illustrations card.
  • Select "Update driver" and follow the on-screen instructions to find and install the most recent drivers.
Refreshing your designs' drivers can identify similarity issues and enhance Windows 11 application scaling.

Change Application Similarity Configurations

Some applications might not be compatible with Windows 11, causing scaling issues. You can experiment with modifying the similarity parameters to determine whether this resolves the issue:

  1. Find the application's simple route or executable file.
  2. Right-click it and choose "Properties."
  3. Click on the "Similarity" tab.
  4. Look closely at the box that says "Replace high DPI scaling behavior." Select "Application" from the drop-down menu beneath "Scaling performed by:"
  5. Click "Apply" followed by "Alright."
  6. This modification can force the application to scale correctly, even if it wasn't intended for Windows 11.

Modify Registry Options

This solution can help fix scaling issues for sophisticated users who are willing to make modifications in the Windows Registry:

Warning: Changing the Windows Registry can be dangerous. Before making any changes, proceed with caution and make a backup.

  • To open the Run dialog, press Win + R, type "regedit," then hit Enter.

  • Navigate to the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionSideBySide" 
  • registry entry.
  • In the right pane, right-click and pick "New," then "DWORD (32-bit) Value."
  • Name the new DWORD "PreferExternalManifest" (no quotation marks).
  • Set the value of "PreferExternalManifest" to 1 by double-clicking on it.
  • Restart your computer after closing the Registry Editor.
This solution compels Windows to prioritize external manifest files for scaling, which may resolve issues with big apps.


Dealing with large apps in Windows 11 might be irritating, but with the four approaches discussed above, you have the tools to properly address the issue. You can recover control of your program sizes and have a more comfortable computing experience on Windows 11 by adjusting scaling settings, updating graphics drivers, changing compatibility settings, or tweaking registry entries.

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