Thank you. How can you "force" or "hack" the Retina Display MacBook Pro models to run at the native resolution or otherwise fit more on screen than by default? Each just has four times the detail of a "traditional" display -- which looks quite attractive, but some users no doubt would like to see more at one time than fits on the screen at this resolution.
Apple's own support site provides a FAQ about using a Retina Display that explains Mac OS X supports four other "scaled" resolutions in addition to the one provided by default. To change the default resolution, select "System Preferences" under the Apple menu and then click the "Displays" icon.
Photo Credit: These four scaled resolutions are listed ranging from "Larger Text" to "More Space.
On the Inch models, the supported scaled resolutions are x, x, and x Apple also cautions that "scaled resolutions do not offer the same visual quality as the Retina setting. Scaled resolutions may also impact graphics performance depending on which applications you are using.
SwitchResX - The Most Versatile Tool For Controlling Screen Resolutions On Your Mac
Adding a new display to your Mac in Yosemite and above means you may have to edit the display resolution in the System Preferences. Sometimes you get lucky and the system senses what your monitor is and adjusts it accordingly, or the system chooses a low-res common size so you can see what you are doing, but sometimes you have to wade in and change it manually.
The default is to accept the default maximum resolution available. Or what if you have a reason for setting a certain resolution for technical reasons? To use a real world example, we record our Premium tutorial videos in HD, and these are screen-captured at the monitor resolution and aspect ratio on a Mac and edited and resized to HD p.
In order to fill the screen properly we need to use the highest resolution our monitor can support but in the To get the captures we need we have to be able to set a non-standard resolution to make the aspect ratio correct. In our case this is x The settings are there, but they are actually hidden most of the time, only to be revealed when you press and hold the Option key while accessing the display preferences. Tap the left arrow to reveal all attached displays; you can then change the resolution on any of them from that same panel.
Depending on your display, OS X may offer three to five resolution choices; these are the choices you'll see by default in Resolutionator. If that's not enough for you, though, Resolutionator can show all the resolutions your display reports it's capable of producing, as seen in the movie at right.
How to Show All Possible Screen Resolutions for a Display in Mac OS X
In particular, enabling silly resolutions will show some resolutions that are greater than the number of pixels on your display. How does this magic work? OS X itself handles the task, scaling everything down to achieve the chosen resolution. You may not need silly resolutions often, but they can be a great help when looking at a page layout on an 11" MacBook Air, for example.
How to Display More Screen Resolution Options in Mac OS X
You can try it for free, and you'll find it's most useful on Macs that have an internal retina display. The release notes are an interesting read. Why is Resolutionator so inexpensive? In order to do what it does, Resolutionator relies on a non-published programming interface within macOS.
Changes to this interface may cause Resolutionator to fail.