How to Change Screen Resolution on Mac

How to Change Screen Resolution on Mac

One of the many reasons I love Apple Mac computers, is because they make it super easy to customise so many important elements of your computer, making your Mac really suit your needs and personality. On top of fun customisations, such as jazzing up your screensaver image and even personalising your keyboard short cuts, you can change your Macs resolution…

Unless we are using our Macs to listen to the latest chart topping tunes, we are using it directly and (in my case) spending hours at a time starring at a screen. As so much of our computer lives are spent exploring the screen it is vital that we set the resolution that best suits our needs.

For example, the resolution controls how big or how small an item or icon appears to us as well as the clarity. If your folders and apps are too small you can easily end up suffering from eye strain, and if they are too big, you will be left endlessly scrolling up and down your screen trying to see everything.

 

What is Mac Screen Resolution?

Effectively, resolution is the number of colour dots displayed in an area of  a screen, this could your a computer screen, TV monitor, phone screen etc. Computer screen resolution is all to do with picture quality and sharpness, so the higher we set our resolution (squeeze in more coloured dots per fixed area) the sharper the the image will appear. The lower the resolution the more graining and pixilated an image can look.

Tip – Discovering this, you may ask yourself ‘Why on earth would we not just set our screen resolution to the max and be wowed by the incredibly sharp image each time we log on?’ Did you that the higher your Macs resolution, the more power it will consume. If you are running low on battery power and are in the sticks with nowhere to charge your computer, then a trick to save energy is to lower your resolution.

 

How to Change Screen Resolution on Mac

1.) As usual, customising your Macs functions always begins with a trip to your System Preferences. So go ahead and click on the mini Apple logo in your toolbar (aka Apple menu), then select ‘System Preferences’ from the drop down.

Change Resolution on Mac

2.) From the second row, select ‘Displays’.

3.) A ‘Display’ window will pop up housing various options.

a.) If you wish to cruise around your Mac with the best picture quality available, under the Resolution category select the option ‘Best For Display’.

How to Change Screen Resolution on Mac

b.) If you want to go eco friendly and save some power or generally prefer the slightly more grainy look, then select the ‘Scaled’ option and select from one of the pre installed resolution settings.

4.) Inside this Display window you have no doubt noticed that you can edit the brightness of your screen using the slider. Perfect if have to work but are starting to feel a headache looming, as in you can just turn down the brightness.

How to Change mac Resolution

5.) Towards the top of the window you will see an additional tab titled ‘Colour’. Here you can select options for using different colour profiles and also calibrating your monitor. For general use, keep it switch on to ‘Colour LCD’ for a pleasing even blend of colour in your graphics.

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Hi I'm Sophie, Chief Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly 🙂
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Hi I'm Sophie, Chief Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly :)