How to: Change the Screen display resolution in Mac OS X | Mac Guides

How to: Change the Screen display resolution in Mac OS X

Sometimes you have to check your websites/blogs with different resolutions of screens as not every user has the same resolution in their screens. There are many screen resolutions like 640×480, 800×500, 800×600, 1024×640, 1024×768, 1152×720, 1200×800 and generally the Mac OS computers and laptops comes with 1200 x 800 pixels screen which shows the best display, but there are still loads of computer users who are into the previous world, and use Windows with smaller resolutions.

So, here is how to change the screen resolution in Mac OS X, and a trick to have the display settings in the menu bar on the top in Mac –
1. Go to the Apple logo in the top left of the menu bar, and in the options, select “System Preferences”. This is the main root for your mac settings which can have everything you need to change something in your mac os x.
apple system preferences

2. In the System preferences menu, you will find a “Displays” bar which will have the display settings that you are going to change. Select that.
system preferences

3. In the Display options, you will see all the resolutions which you can change right away, or also there is an option for easy usage in future. Check the option “Show displays in Menu Bar”.
display options

4. The “Show displays in Menu Bar” option when checked, will show the small display button on the right Menu bar at the top. It is the 2nd one in the image below –
displays menu bar

5. And here is how the display bar shows the shortcut menu for you to change the screen resolution immediately –
displays menu

Note: The availability of Screen resolutions varies from one monitor to other, and it depends on the size of screen. In a 19″ or 21″ monitor, you might see more options of screen resolutions as the number of pixels increases with the monitor size.

Comments

  1. I dropped my laptop going through airline security and can no longer see the display. I have hooked it up to an external display, but I can only see the screen saver. How do I get to the finder and the icons?

  2. After selecting a correct resolution of 1024×768, out of curiosity, I managed to select apparently the wrong resolution for my monitor (1024×768 stretched) and the screen went dark with a message that briefly came up referencing it not being supported by that monitor. Then it stayed dark. How do I get the former (or any visible) resolution back?

    Thanks,
    Sean

  3. check out mac users.

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