Mac users fall into two distinct groups. Those who do not care about their Mac’s display resolutions. And those Mac users who do care about their Mac’s display resolutions. Which group are you in? Most are in the former, but the latter group has a few advantages.
For whatever the reason– probably because Apple does not mind dumbing down the Mac here and there to make it more palatable for the Windows PC user who switches to a Mac and does not want complexity– setting screen resolutions on the Mac is drop dead easy because numbers are not involved.
Macs. Displays. Pixels.
Way back in the day– and in technology terms, that’s just a few years ago– we Mac users could choose our own display resolutions based upon the number of pixels in the display. Those days are gone. Today it’s all about basics so as not to confuse people who bought a Mac appliance, and not a Mac computer.
There’s not much to look at, is there?
The selection for Scaled Resolution– the only other option beyond Default settings– simply shows up as Larger Text or More Space (smaller text) options.
Where’s the pixels? Wait. Here they are. All you need is the inexpensive Mac display utility called Displays. What you get is what you want. Screen resolution options in pixels.
Put Displays in the Mac’s Menubar and the app lists all the display resolutions for your Mac display, including hidden resolutions. Change the resolution label to whatever you require for easy and quick identification.
Displays comes with a built-in Night Mode, a virtual mouse screen pointer highlighter, and even a picture-in-picutre mode for second displays. Oh, it even takes screen shots and can hide the desktop.
Preferences run aplenty because changing the Mac’s screen resolution makes you a certified Mac geek.
There’s a built-in test card to help calibrate video projectors and resolution from the Mac’s display, keyboard shortcuts, and a few more items to make the few bucks price tag worth it. It even displays extra displays connected to your Mac and makes it easier to enable mirroring mode.
There’s not much to not like with Displays which brings back that which Apple hath taken away.