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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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What is the difference between nominal resolution pixels and raw pixels?

I've just read on this page of the Keyboard Maestro application that one should be aware of the difference between raw pixels and nominal resolution pixels when setting our Keyboard Maestro macros. As ...
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How to set font/ui size without changing resolution and refresh rate

I just got the philips envia 27M1C5500VL and installed it correctly for my desktop. However when I wish to use the macbook with it, I notice that all text is abysmally small. This is due to the high ...
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problem with display size after disconnecting external display and changing user account

Here is the problem I am facing. I am logged in into 2 accounts, A and B, and have been using both accounts with an external display. Then, while on account A, I unplug the display and switch to ...
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Distortion and window sizing issue on external display, when refresh is higher than 30

I have been using this setup (Macbook Pro M2 + Philips 276E display) since at least November and haven't had a single issue with it until now. As you can see in the youtube video I've linked to below, ...
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Why Screen Capture uses 144 (72*2) PPI for its screenshots (and not, for example, 288, which is 72*4, or 300)

I was told that when I make a screenshot (for example, using Shift-Command-4 > Drag), it is saved with system PPI. But the spec for my Mac says that its resolution is 254, not 144. MacBook Pro (14-...
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Fans on my MacBook Pro (intel) keeps running if I use scaled resolution on my external monitor

I just got the Dell UltraSharp 27" 4K monitor and Mac OS sets the default resolution to 1920x1080. If I change it to some other higher resolution e.g. 2560x1440, then the fan on my MacBook keeps ...
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Mac screenshot resolution on macbook pro changed from 144 to 72 dpi after upgrade to Sonoma - either via keyboard shortcut or terminal command

Mac screenshot resolution on macbook pro changed from 144 to 72 dpi after upgrade to Sonoma - either via keyboard shortcut or terminal command. Interestingly I discovered that if I take a shortcut ...
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What are the possible scaling / resolution options on latest macOS on an external QHD 1440p monitor?

What are the possible scaling/resolution options on the latest macOS on an external QHD 1440p monitor currently? I know that some people use external apps such as BetterDisplay that unlock resolutions ...
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How do I know if I am viewing low resolution or full resolution photos?

On my iPhone 15 Pro Max I have gone to Settings > Photos and then checked option 'Optimise iPhone Storage', so that my photos are stored in iCloud. When I am viewing a photo in the Photos app, how ...
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Make everything smaller on macOS

I just switched from Windows to Mac. I got a Macbook Air M2. I find that everything is really big even after adjusting the resolution to 'more space'. This is especially true for apps. I'm coming ...
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Upgrade to Sonoma changed the resolution of screenshot action down to DPI of 72 (instead of 144). Any way it can be changed/fixed?

Upgrade to Sonoma changed the resolution of screenshot action down to DPI of 72 (instead of 144). Any way it can be changed/fixed? It appears that 'write com.apple.screencapture' action does not have ...
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What refresh rate can an iPad Air (4th gen) output to an external monitor? I see that the specs say it can output to 4K at 30Hz, but what about 1440p?

I've been tasked with finding a suitable monitor for an iPad Air 4th generation. The official specs say that the iPad can output at 4K/30 Hz. I find the idea of using 30 Hz a bit unfortunate, and I ...
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How to change refresh rate without changing resolution to low resolution mode on MacOS Venture13.4.1

I have a LG IPS MP77 monitor and trying to use it as my external monitor on my MacBook M1 which runs Venture13.4.1. I connected them with a HDMI cable and at first it shows that refreshment rate is ...
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Power source-based resolutions using AppleScript and Controlplane? [duplicate]

I've been searching for a good applescript to automatically change my resolution based on my power source and/or shortcuts. For context I'm using macOS Ventura 13.4 and I'm new to scripting, I want to ...
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Centralizing My Mac Screen Functionality [duplicate]

i break my lcd can i centralized the screen/resolution so that i could pick the area i wanted it to show i've tried centralizing it using resolution manager but it just changing the font what i wanted ...
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How to enable HiDPI resolutions in macOS Mojave [duplicate]

I just picked up a LG C2 4K monitor and connecting it via HDMI to my 2009 Mac Pro via RX580 video card. I can get 120HZ and 4k resolutions, and there is a 1080P resolution option, but I cannot find ...
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Can I scale my 2560x1440 screen by 66% to pretend to be 4K?

At home, I have a 4K monitor with 3840x2160 which I use at 100% scaling. At work, I have a 2560x1440 LS27A600N screen which is the same physical size, but the windows and text are annoyingly huge ...
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Scale down larger external cloned screen in Windows a la macOS

On macOS on my MBA 2012 I can configure an external display (with a greater resolution than my internal display) to be used in its native resolution and be cloned to the internal display (with scaling ...
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Lost ability to show 1920x1200 on Dell monitor

I've been using my Macbook Pro M1 with my (old, but still going strong) Dell U2412M 1920x1200 @ 60 Hz for months and months, over a DVI-HDMI cable (monitor doesn't have HDMI or USB-C, laptop doesn't ...
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How does an LG 4K monitor support 3008x1692 resolution but a 5k Apple Studio display does not?

The LG 27UL850-W monitor has native resolution of 4K 3840x2160 but also offers 3K 3008x1692 which looks very crisp and is a ratio of 60:47 ie not a simple ratio. The Apple Studio display which is ...
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Macbook pro M1 with three monitors

I'm using Macbook pro M1 (2021), Ventura 13.4, with three monitors: Lenovo(LEN L24q-30) 2K resolution. I can set 1280 x 720 HiDPI on two screens only but never on the third one (no option to choose). ...
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Why no 3200x1800 resolution on an M2 MacBook Air on a 5K display?

My preferred resolution is 3200x1800 on a 27" display. For some reason, the new M2 MacBook Air does not offer this resolution, neither on an LG Ultrafine 5K, nor the Apple Studio Display. Using ...
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M2 MacBook Air will only mirror main display with small external display

When attaching a very small (720x480) external display (SmartBeam portable projector) the main laptop display switches to mirroring the smaller display (at an unusable resolution and scale) rather ...
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Native resolution not available via USB-C ⇒ VGA adapter?

I'm connecting a Macbook Pro to a 1600x1200 display via Apple's USB-C to VGA converter. By default it selects an appalling 800x600 resolution and the system settings only let me push this up to ...
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Support for true 5120x1440p on M1 Pro?

I have an M1 Macbook Pro. I just found out it doesn't support HDMI 2.1. Because of this, it can not display 5120x1440 on my Samsung CRG9 (the CRG9 supports 5120x1440). My M1 Macbook Pro will only ...
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What is that right scaling if you want "wysiwyg" in Pages? [duplicate]

I have for a long time been annoyed by the difference in appreciated size of a document viewed on screen in Pages and the actual printout, but haven't done anything about it until yesterday, when it ...
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UI Scaling vs. Screen Resolution on Secondary Monitor

I have a secondary monitor connected to my MacBook, which has a native resolution of 3440x1440. When I go into System Settings > Displays the built-in display allows me to set UI scaling, like so: ...
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USB-C to DP cable yields only 30Hz

I am using a MacBook Pro 2017 (two USB-C ports, running Ventura) and want to connect it to a Dell P2415Q monitor. For that reason, I have bought this USB-C to DP-cable. The monitor shows 4K @ 30Hz ...
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How can I add a custom modeline and ignore EDID data?

I have a Samsung CRG90 Ultrawide Dual-QHD with 5120x1440 resolution that has this modeline "5120x1440_60" 469 5120 5168 5200 5280 1440 1443 1453 1481 +HSync -Vsync How can I force OSX to ...
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How to get 2560x1440 resolution on ext monitor from MacBook Pro 15" early 2008?

My old MacBook Pro 15" early 2008 is said to support up to 2560x1600 resolution on an external display. There's a dual-link DVI output (25 pins), NVidia GeForce 8600M GT 256Mb, 4Gb RAM, 2.4GHz ...
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How to delete existing monitor display settings

For my setup, I have the macbook I use for work hooked up to both my 75" Samsung TV that I use as my primary monitor and a secondary 1080P monitor on a monitor arm next to me on the couch. This ...
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Is it possible to use a Macbook Air M1 with a resolution of 2560x1080/60Hz? If not, what are feasible adaptations?

Recently, I bought a new monitor to use as an external display. I even asked a question about the compatibility on this forum. Now, I am trying to configure things. Unfortunately, the experience has ...
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Why not display the resolution value?

this is my settings menu: and this is others settings menu: we are both Ventura: What's happened?
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Is this external monitor going to be compatible with my Macbook Air M1?

I am thinking about buying a second-hand monitor. This is the model: Monitor LG Ultrawide 29WL500-29", 21:9 IPS, HDMI, HDR10, Screen Split 2.0 The computer on the Brazilian version of Amazon.com ...
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Does mac resolution setting affect watching 4k videos?

I always use a 2020 27' iMac (5k screen) in the mode of scaled resolution 2048*1152 (<4k) with larger text so as not to exhaust my eyes. (System default is 2560*1440, also <4k, and it can go up ...
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Apple Display/UI Scaling

I am a new owner of a M1 MacBook Pro and a long time Windows user and I have a problem with how the text is displayed on my screen. The Mac's screen itself looks fine, but when I connected it to my ...
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No display scaling option in System Settings for external display in macOS Ventura

I have an Iiyama PL2779Q monitor that I’ve been using for years without a problem. I connect my Macbook Pro to it through the displayport. The resolution is 1920 x 1080, which is fine. However, since ...
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How to change the resolution of screen recording on macOS (i.e. before recording)?

Pressing command + shift + 5 to start a new screen recording brings up a little menu, which has some QuickTime options. But I can't spot any way to reduce the resolution of the recording. I know a way ...
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MacOS Ventura upgrade - external monitor issues with BenQ PD2700U

I just upgraded to macOS Ventura and now my external monitor (BenQ PD2700U, 27" 4K monitor) is all screwed up. The resolution is very tiny. The scaling option is no longer in Settings > ...
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My 4k monitor's "Default for Display" is allegedly only 1920x1080, does that mean I need to buy 5k monitor to get 2560 as default for display?

I have Mac Mini M1 and using LU28R550UQEXXP Samsung Monitor it is advertised as 4k (3840x2160) monitor. But on my Mac, the only way get 4k is to use the Scaled display to make it look 4k. Otherwise ...
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Display on only a part of the external screen on Mac

Is there a way or an application on macOS that would allow me to display on only a part of the screen and fill the rest of the screen with black bars? I am using an LG 55inch OLED 4K TV as an external ...
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M1 Pro Macbook Pro + Ultrawide locked at 30Hz

Hardware MacBook Pro (14-inch, 2021), Apple M1 Pro, running Monterey 12.6 ASUS MX38V Ultrawide 3840x1600. Expectation Ultrawide refuses to run at 60Hz, defaulting to 30Hz. In most cases, the option ...
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External Monitor suddenly stopped working in full resolution

I know there's been a lot of these issues in the past, but here's mine (which seems a little bit different). I have a MacBook Pro 2019 (Intel-based) and two monitors attached to it: one 1080p plugged ...
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How can I force my external monitor to use 4K resolution?

I have two identical external monitors (Dell S2722QC) connected to my 14" M1 Pro MacBook Pro. Usually I connect both of them via USB C to a CalDigit Thunderbolt 4 dock with no issues. Sometimes, ...
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M1 2020 and M1 2021 different screen scalings on 5k screen

I've got an 2020 M1 MacBook Pro and a 2021 M1 Pro MacBook Pro (work and private machines) and since I've got a new monitor at home I'm experiencing something strange: The screen has a resolution of ...
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How do I make the UI elements larger without changing the screen resolution?

I'm coming from Windows world where I can scale the UI and set it to, say, 125% to make the UI elements (mainly fonts) acceptable on my QHD screen (while keeping the screen resolution the same). I ...
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How can I fix my Mac when When Connects to External Monitor (TV) gets blurred Text

I want to use a SANSUI TV as a display for my Mac. I have connected the TV with HDMI but the problem is it gets blurred text, it's not smooth at all. I have many resolutions with ALT on scaled but no ...
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Run Pixelmator ML Super Resolution on multiple images from terminal?

Have about 1000 images with the size of 480x320px, and they are very poor quality. I tried the Pixelmator ML Super Resolution to increase the quality (1440x960) and it seems to perform well! So I ...
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External monitor cannot be set to 4K resolution

I have an LG 4K monitor that used to work fine at 2160p connected to my MacBook. I tried connecting my android phone to the monitor to test it. Since then, whenever I plug the monitor into my MacBook, ...
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Change Display Scaling mode from 'Default' to 'More Space' in terminal/script

I find myself switching between macOS scaling modes often, depending on what I'm doing. Some tasks require me to use the 'More Space' option, while I prefer regular browsing and use in the Default ...
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