In giving presentations from my MacBook Pro on an Epson Data Projector (VGA connection), there is I have invariably found a decrease in the display dimensions. Initially only part of the previous screen area shows, but can be reset to fill the smaller screen.

Normally — for example with a PowerPoint presentation — this smaller size is OK, but today I was accessing one of my websites directly from the laptop to illustrate its features in my seminar. The problem was that I had written the HTML/CSS so that the site was ‘responsive’, and one aspect of this responsiveness was that certain features were not shown at the viewport size of mobile devices. The viewport matched the dimensions I had set in the stylesheet for the iPad and I ended up not being able to demonstrate some of the features.

Failing all else I could record and show a movie or temporarily change the stylesheet, but my question is whether there is any way of changing the resolution of the data projector display from my Mac.

  • This is largely dependent on th projector although there are ways to kind of do what you want to do with additional equipment. So see we asking about the same projector always, and do you have any control over it like getting it replaced?
    – samh
    Feb 7 '17 at 12:12
  • Also can you post the projector model number.
    – samh
    Feb 7 '17 at 12:13
  • @samh — I'll need to check, as it's a fixed ceiling projector in a university seminar room. No chance of getting it replaced, unfortunately.
    – David
    Feb 7 '17 at 13:20
  • What kind of cable are you attaching to the projector for video?
    – samh
    Feb 8 '17 at 13:32
  • @samh — Standard VHA cable with Apple display/VHA connector.
    – David
    Feb 8 '17 at 16:54

Your projector probably has a maximum native resolution of XGA or 1024x768 (standard iPads have a resolution of 1024x768 points). Some projectors will allow you to send a higher resolution signal and scale it down for you. Most projectors I have seen don't do a great job, but it at least functions. To see if your projector will do that:

  1. Connect your Mac to the projector
  2. Ppen the Displays panel in System Preferences
  3. Option-click the "Scaled" option for the resolution of the projector.
  4. Select a 4:3 resolution higher than 1024-768 (e.g. 1280x1024)

If the projector goes black, wait and your Mac will timeout back to 1024x768.

The other option is to purchase a VGA scaler (For example, the Kramer VP-426 takes VGA input and then outputs VGA). You need hardware that will take one of the various formats your Mac can output and output at XGA (1024x768). What the hardware will do is let your Mac output a higher resolution, forcing the web page to render the "desktop" size, but output it to the smaller resolution projector. But honestly, purchasing a scaler for this purpose is overkill.

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