Reveal All Hidden Screen Resolution Options In Mac OS X – How To

Uzair Ghani
Posted 1 year ago

Here’s how you can view all the hidden and supported display resolutions in Mac OS X.

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OS X is forged in such a way that it only shows the native screen resolution for a connected display by default. Also, OS X will be set to run on that native screen resolution as well without any sort of user intervention. If you want to take things to the next level, and want to reveal all the hidden resolutions which OS X supports, then simply follow the outlined steps below.

Reveal All Hidden Screen Resolution Options In Mac OS X

1. Open System Preferences. You can do this by clicking on the ‘Apple’ logo in the menu bar at the top, and then clicking on ‘System Preferences.’

2. In the list of available options, click on ‘Displays.’

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3. Next to ‘Resolution,’ you should see two options – ‘Default for display’ and ‘Scaled.’ Click on ‘Scaled.’

4. You can now access all hidden supported resolution options for your connected display.


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At this point, you must be asking yourself: why would I want to set a lower display resolution? Well, there are a lot of reasons for it actually. For starters, if you have an older Mac, or maybe a more than an underpowered Mac mini, then you’d want your computer to drive as less pixels as possible on the display to keep things ticking over as nicely as possible.

If you’re planning to use your Mac for gaming, and you happen to have older hardware, then setting a lower resolution is the way to go as well. Besides, there’s no harm in having such an option at your disposal now is it?

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If you’re looking forward to boosting your Mac’s performance without busting your bank for a RAM upgrade or an SSD, then the above mentioned option can be your instant port of call to make things stutter free again. In fact, we would highly recommend users with older Macs to give this option a shot, and see for themselves how much it has helped them regain those precious performance bits.

If you have a Retina display Mac, then the above mentioned option would look slightly different to you. Instead, you can only change the pixel density to make your workspace bigger in an already tight space, should you wish to take that route.

Found this tip useful? Then as usual, don’t forget to let us know about it in the comments section below. And stay tuned for more tips and tricks just like these for the Mac in the days to come.


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