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Old September 19th, 2012
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Without investigating first, my first response is, Photoshop will downsize view-size to a particular size (area) depending on your monitor size and screen settings to be sure it fits within a designated area. Most image viewing programs do the same thing. ie: it will depend on the image pixel height and width dimensions compared to your monitor's pixel resolution.

Two ways of increasing the view size in Photoshop. Easiest is to use Control + to increase the view size or Control - to decrease. Another method is to go to the bottom-left corner of the image, you will see the image % shown. You can click your mouse's cursor inside this area and change the figure. Then press enter and the size will change to that %. This allows a more accurate viewing size for working in rather than the control + which will increase the view size in designated percentage steps.

Size of thumbnails in photoshop-photoshop-image-view-size.gif

I forgot there is an equivalent changing of image % to the keyboard technique found under the View menu. There is also a Snap To -> Document bounds option, not sure if this applies or not. It's not something I change. ie: the general idea of view size in Photoshop is to show the entire image when you first open it, so Photoshop may decrease the % so it fits within the boundaries of its regular work area.
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