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After Effects and Premiere Pro CS4 users: Turn off “Make text and other items larger or smaller” in Windows 7

After Effects and Premiere Pro CS4 users should turn off the “Make text and other items larger or smaller” setting in Windows 7.

This setting attempts to scale some aspects of a user interface to make it easier to read, but it causes screen drawing issues (such as corruption of mouse pointers and unresponsive buttons) in After Effects CS4 and Premiere Pro CS4. If your mouse pointer looks just plain wrong, this might be the problem. This setting is the default for some newer laptop computers, for which the pixel dimensions are very high on relatively small screens.

After Effects CS5 and Premiere Pro CS5 don’t seem to have the problem.

Instructions for turning this setting off are on the Microsoft website.

Please let us know on this forum thread how this solution works for you.

As always, don’t hesitate to send bug reports and bring questions to the forum.

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