I need to set my screen resolution 1280x720 (this is a requirement for a screencast I need to create). When I go into the Display - Scaled menu this is no longer available as an option on Yosemite, even though it was available on previous versions of the OS on the same laptop.

Is there a way in Yosemite to access or force different screen resolutions for this?

  • and this does not work for you ...Apple menu > System Preferences, click Displays, then click Display. • Press the Option key while you click Scaled to see additional resolutions ??
    – Ruskes
    Apr 9, 2015 at 20:37

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You can install John Ford's screenresolution utility via brew install screenresolution. Alternatively you can download and compile the source here.

Once the utility is installed you can see all available resolutions via screenresolution list. Assuming the appropriate resolution is listed you can set your display with something like screenresolution set 1280x720x32.

  • Q-This is a tool that can be used to determine current resolution, list available resolutions and set resolutions for active displays on Mac OS 10.6, and possibly above. I have only tested 10.6. EQ
    – Ruskes
    Apr 9, 2015 at 20:28
  • Unfortunately in 2020 the screenresolution tool doesn't work on my 16" MacBook Pro. It can get the current resolution but cannot set it.
    – inopinatus
    Nov 4, 2020 at 5:00

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