The term "resolution" refers to the accuracy of a display, or the measurement of pixels in both the horizontal and vertical directions.

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How to view current display resolution

How can I find out the current resolution the screen is running at, in OS X 10.10? Under settings -> display (which is where I think it used to be), it shows the refresh frequency, but not the ...
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Is it safe to set larger resolution on macbook pro than available resolutions with 3rd party tools?

I am using macbook pro 13in. with native resolution of 1280x800. I'm not very happy with this resolution. I want some more objects... i mean bigger resolution with smaller icons and more room for ...
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Intel HD 3000, HDMI and 2560x1080

I recently purchased an ultra wide monitor, with a native resolution of 2560x1080. This is great but it's only working with Windows ! Apple is limiting HDMI resolution to be no more than 1920x1080, ...
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Some User Accounts Won't Remember Screen Resolution

Okay, so I have a system with multiple user accounts setup, and I have two monitors. The first monitor is fine on its native resolution, but the second is too small, so I've been setting a lower ...
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How can I change DPI on OS X?

Simple question, can't find a single simple answer on the entire internet. Although from what I have read, this might be a driver or hardware limitation. My problem I have a 1440 x 900 native pixel ...
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What is the best way to connect external monitors to mid-2014 Macbook Pro Retina so you can get the best resolution?

I have a mid-2014 15" Macbook Pro Retina. I've got a bunch of plugs (HDMI, 2 mini DP) and my external 27" ACER K272HUL has HDML, DP and DVI. My assumption is that there are differences between the ...
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What Icon Display Resolutions and Pixel Densities Should I Use?

I am designing an icon for use with an Xcode template and need to know what display-resolution and pixel-density settings I need to use for each of the PNG files I'm exporting from GIMP into my ...
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Yosemite not displaying external HDMI monitor at full resolution

I have an HP Pavilion 22xi, which is 1920 x 1080, but my external display settings only go up to 1080p, even with the option click trick on the scaled button.
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Same monitor different resolution with Thunderbolt and Displayport

I have a Late 2012 Mac Mini with Intel HD Graphics 4000 connected to a LG 34UM95 monitor that has a resolution of 3440x1440. The monitor has both Thunderbolt and Displayport connections. When the ...
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30" monitor has black border around desktop

I have been using a 24" monitor with my macbook pro early 2011 connected via a mini display port to DVI adaptor. I recently received an HP Z30i 30" monitor. When I connect to it with an mini display ...
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How can I reduce the display resolution in Windows (Boot Camp) on a Retina 5k iMac?

tl;dr How can I add additional valid display resolutions to the Retina 5k iMac under Windows 8.1? So I just picked up a new Retina iMac, immediately threw Boot Camp and Windows 8.1 on it, and ...
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Native resolution not available on lg ultrawide with mac mini (2012)

I'm aware of displaying more resolutions with the option key like in this answer: http://apple.stackexchange.com/a/149152 but after upgrading to 10.10 the resolution of 3840x(i think)1080 of the lg ...
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Macbook retina scaled resolution quality

I have a 2nd gen Macbook Pro Retina 15 inch. For pretty much the whole time I have been running it at the scaled 1680 x 1050 resolution (1 up from the "best for retina" resolution). After randomly ...
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glossy or matte?

I just bought a mint condition late 2011 MC721LL MacBook Pro which looks perfect, but I am curious about the display specs. The screen has a low sheen matte look, but the resolution is 900 x 1440, so ...
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Icon export @x ratio from iPhone 5 to 6+?

If I’m designing icons/images in native iPhone 5 resolution, what @x multiple do I need to export them at for iPhone 6+? Just use @2x? That’s too big right? Example: an icon is 44px x 44px. If I ...
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MacBook Pro with Retina display (Late 2012) not outputting anything above 1080p

I know it won't support 4k but it should at least do 1440 right? I can't get higher than 1080p... UPDATE: I pressed alt and clicked "scaled" to unlock the extra resolutions as suggested by Buscar웃. ...
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how font sizes at iPhone 6/6+ compare to earlier iPhones?

How font size is different in iPhone 6 / 6 Plus as compared to earlier iPhones (e.g. 5S)--given both the different screen size and DPI? Did the perceived* font sizes in system interfaces and ...
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Mac Mini with Dell UltraSharp U2713H - Not Sharp

I have bought myself a 2012 Mac mini and have it hooked up to my Dell Ultrasharp U2713H via HDMI. Everything works, but the text and everything else looks fuzzy and not sharp. Plus from what I can ...
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How can I test a display resolution that's not listed?

I'm planning to give a talk at a conference, and I've been told that slides will be displayed on a screen with a resolution of "2048 x 1080 (16:9 aspect ratio)". I want to see how my slides look at ...
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What is the maximum resolution for using two external monitors with a Macbook Pro 15" Retina?

I've got a MacBook Pro 15" retina with the NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB. I'm looking for two high-resolution monitors to hook up to it. Can anyone tell me what the maximum resolution is that is ...
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Is it worth getting a 4k monitor for a late-2012 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display?

I know my 13" 2012 MacBook Pro with Retina display won't support 4k (because it uses the Intel HD4000 for graphics), but I need a new monitor. I just want a monitor that will look good at 2560x1440 ...
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Interface Scaling / Independent Resolution per Application on MacBook Pro Retina

I have a MacBook Pro Retina and I run it on the unsupported/non-HiDPI 2560x1600 to be able to work on multiple windows at the same time. This resolution increases the DPI allowing a large screen real ...
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How to bump up text size & other graphical elements system wide

On Mavericks, my monitor resolution is set to 1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz (1080p) on SMS24A350H. Everything looks great. But I noticed small icons in Finder window with small text. That I adjusted with Finder ...
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Google Chrome is no longer Retina [closed]

I am using a 15" MacBook Pro with Retina display, which obviously has an extremely high resolution. I recently opened my chrome browser (which I use regularly and need) and I found the the resolution ...
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Could you interpret these screen resolutions from Google Analytics?

After choosing Macintosh in my Google Analytics stats and then choosing Screen Resolution as the secondary dimension, I get these numbers: Which one of these are 15" Macbook Pro, 13" Macbook Pro, ...
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External monitor randomly lowers resolution adds black borders

Okay this has been driving me crazy long enough. I have an external monitor who's resolution is 1920x1080 60Hz. My MacbookPro Late/Mid 2010 has been able to work with the monitor and resolution since ...
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Some applications open in low resolution

Some applications, like Unity3D (but not limited to it) open in too low resolution: The flag "open in low resolution" is not set: ...
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VirtualBox “The screen resolution for this app to run” on Mac 1440 x 900

I installed Virtual Box and Windows 8.1 from https://modern.ie/en-us/virtualization-tools#downloads The resolution of my display is 13-inch (1440 x 900) Also I installed Guest Additions. I can't run ...
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Very small resolution on external monitor Windows 7 with Macbook Pro Retina

I have a Macbook Pro Retina 13", and I run both OSX and Windows 7. My Windows 7 is run in Parallels. I work with OSX on the screen of the Macbook, and Windows on an external monitor (with the typical ...
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Resolution of iPhone photo stream upload!

I've not been able to pin down whether the photos uploaded from an iPhone to photo stream are full resolution. I saw mention that they are downloaded in full resolution to OSX machines and not iOS. ...
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Can I connect two 34" LG 34UM95-P to a Retina Macbook Pro 13?

I have a Macbook Pro Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013 with Intel Iris Graphics. I'd like to get two LG 34UM95-P 34" 3440x1440 screens for it. Unfortunately, LG writes that it the only compatible Mac is ...
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MacBook Pro External Monitor Resolution

Is there a way to specify what resolution I want my external monitor to be? I have been looking around the internet for a few weeks, but I have not found a solution that works. The native resolution ...
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Define different screen resolution when external monitor is plugged in on MBP retina w/ OSX 10.9

I have a MBP retina with OSX 10.9 on it and I'm trying to automatically change my laptop screen resolution when an external monitor is attached or detached. This question is the same but for a ...
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Does half-resolution on Retina displays really look the same as native?

If you run a retina display at exactly half resolution (i.e. 1280x800 on a 13" Retina MacBook Pro [native 2560x1600]), that it will not look blurry at all and will look the same as if the display was ...
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How can I print this PDF and fill an A4 page?

I have this PDF. It's a simple grid created in Pixelmator with lines every 500 pixels. I want to use it as a template for drawing over a Wacom tablet. For some reason, no matter what I do, print ...
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Force 2560x1600 through HDMI on a Mid 2011 Mac Mini?

So I want to run dual 30" monitors on my mid 2011 mac mini. I have two U3014 monitors. While one works fine through mini display port, the other one is forced to run at 1080p via HDMI. Is there anyway ...
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Would using thunderbolt-to-hdmi help?

Late 2013 Macbook Pro 15.4" 2.6Ghz I connect HDMI and not always do the full spectrum of resolutions appear within the list of choices? System Preferences (app) -> Displays (preference icon) ...
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Mac Mini late 2012 second monitor resolution

I have a dual monitor setup for mac mini 2012, 2 x lg flatron w2243 one is connected through dvi to hdmi adapter and works fine at a 1920x1080 resolution, the other has a vga to mini display ...
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MacBook Pro Retina screenshot in higher resolution than the native?

I have a mid 2012 MacBook Pro Retina. The native (i.e. maximum supporter built-in display resolution) is, as far as I know, 2880x1800. So far so good. Then I went to resolution settings and slided it ...
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How do you enable HiDpi mode for unsupported monitors like the Dell P2815Q in Mavericks?

Has anyone figured out how to enable HiDPI mode for the Dell p2815Q on Mac OS X 10.9? I have tried Quartz Debug, default write commands at the terminal and SwitchResX, to no avail.
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How can I use 1920 X 1200 HighRes Mode (on a Macbook Pro)?

with some quick hack we can easily enable 1920 X 1080 HighRes mode on OS X 10.9.2. However, most Macbook Pro (Retina) today have 16 by 10 screens. How can we do a quick hack and modify the 1920 X 1080 ...
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Is it possible to upgrade 2012 low res glossy to high res glossy screen?

I know you can switch the screen assembly from high-resolution matte to high resolution glossy, but can you go from low-resolution glossy to high resolution? Specifically, if I get a 15" 2012 MBP and ...
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Different account with different display resolution

I am having two accounts on my Macbook Pro with Retina display. My wife doesn't like my current resolution, so she changes to a larger one. However when I switch back to my account, the OS doesn't ...
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Scaled Resolution switching interfering with Terminal startup

I saved a window group in Terminal and set that as my default startup group in Terminal preferences "On startup open: window group..." If I then switch my resolution scaling from "More Space" to ...
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RMBP 2013 and forcing windowed games in Low Resolution Mode

Is it possible to launch a program without an associated .app bundle with the Open in Low Resolution mode activated? I am talking about ~/Library/Application\ Support/Steam/SteamApps/common/dota\ 2\ ...
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What are the consequences of running the 13" retina MPB in higher native resolutions

This question is basically about how do different resolution settings affect the performance of your macbook. By default retinas are set at the "retina" display mode. You can also set them to the ...
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MacBook Pro Retina 13": change resolution to 1920x1200 pixels

How can I change the resolution of my MacBook Pro 13" Retina (Late 2013) to 1920x1200 pixels? The MacBook is able to use this resolution! It's e.g. using it, when connecting a second display which ...
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Microsoft Office 2011 interface blurred on Retina display

I am using Microsoft Office 2011 Suite on my MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The user interfaces are super blur as shown below. Am I missing out some patches or paddings or MS Office does not ...
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If the iPad 2 is not HD, why does Apple advertise them as able to watch HD movies?

If the iPad 2 and iPad mini do not have native HD resolution, then why does Apple market them to be able to watch HD movies? Isn't '720p' 1280 x 720, yet the iPad 2 or mini is 1024x768?
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What is the highest resolution external display that can be supported by a late 2012 13in MacBook Pro

What is the highest resolution external display that can be supported by a late 2012 retina 13in MacBook Pro? It's got a 2.5ghz i5 processor and 8gb of ram and the Intel HD Graphics 4000 w 768mb. ...