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SQL Server Management Studio on Hi Res Screen

The problem

You are using SSMS on one of these new wizbang hi res screens and all the dialogs are tidy and small and you cannot addminister your SQL Server.

The Fix

I found this somewhere on the internet and it works.

Step1: Create the Ssms.exe.manifest

Take the following code and save into a file called, Ssms.exe.manifest

<?xml version=&quot;1.0&quot; encoding=&quot;UTF-8&quot; standalone=&quot;yes&quot;?>
 
<assembly xmlns=&quot;urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1&quot; manifestVersion=&quot;1.0&quot; xmlns:asmv3=&quot;urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v3&quot;>
 
<dependency>
  <dependentAssembly>
    <assemblyIdentity type=&quot;win32&quot; name=&quot;Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls&quot; version=&quot;6.0.0.0&quot; processorArchitecture=&quot;*&quot; publicKeyToken=&quot;6595b64144ccf1df&quot; language=&quot;*&quot;>
    </assemblyIdentity>
  </dependentAssembly>
</dependency>
 
<dependency>
  <dependentAssembly>
    <assemblyIdentity type=&quot;win32&quot; name=&quot;Microsoft.VC90.CRT&quot; version=&quot;9.0.21022.8&quot; processorArchitecture=&quot;amd64&quot; publicKeyToken=&quot;1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b&quot;>
    </assemblyIdentity>
  </dependentAssembly>
</dependency>
 
<trustInfo xmlns=&quot;urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v3&quot;>
  <security>
    <requestedPrivileges>
      <requestedExecutionLevel level=&quot;asInvoker&quot; uiAccess=&quot;false&quot;/>
    </requestedPrivileges>
  </security>
</trustInfo>
 
<asmv3:application>
  <asmv3:windowsSettings xmlns=&quot;http://schemas.microsoft.com/SMI/2005/WindowsSettings&quot;>
    <ms_windowsSettings:dpiAware xmlns:ms_windowsSettings=&quot;http://schemas.microsoft.com/SMI/2005/WindowsSettings&quot;>false</ms_windowsSettings:dpiAware>
  </asmv3:windowsSettings>
</asmv3:application>
 
</assembly>

Save that and then copy it into the directory where your SSMS.exe lives.
Mine was SQL 2014 and it lived in “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\120\Tools\Binn\ManagementStudio”

Step 2: Update the registry

Save this into a .reg file and run it

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SideBySide]
&quot;PreferExternalManifest&quot;=dword:00000001

Step 3: run it

Run SSMS and sit back and marvel at how it sizes its dialogs correctly.

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