I just upgraded to Catalina with a new Mac... and am wondering if it is possible to change the screen resolution from within the menu bar?

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I was sure I used to do something like this years ago in Snow Leopard or Lion or something, but I might be getting mixed up with the 'external displays' menu.

Is this possible or do I need to go into System Preferences each time?

  • Each time? How often do you need to change the resolution of the screen?
    – benwiggy
    Commented Jul 10, 2020 at 14:03

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I am not awre of anything built-in to macOS that would do this, however there is a utility that will do this.

Though I have never used it myself it has been around for a long time and often comes up in MacInTouch discussions as a great utility: SwitchResX.

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