New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Switcher Hangout The place for switchers to discuss their new machines, and how to work with OS X. General support can be had here for newbie stuff, like "How do I restart my new iMac?" :)

increasing screen image size without changing screen resolution


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
halfmonkey

 
Member Since: Jan 02, 2009
Posts: 124
halfmonkey is on a distinguished road

halfmonkey is offline
I have the 27" iMac and I was wondering if anyone can tell me if it's possible to increase the screen image size without messing with the screen resolution? I guess I'm not understanding something because I figured by getting the 27" screen, I'd be able to have all the images and text, etc look bigger but still maintain the quality of higher resolution.

I changed the resolution to some of the lower resolutions for the screen and it increased the screen image sizes but it seems that it did it at the expense of the quality of the screen image.

Can someone tell me if there's a way to make everything that I open on the screen bigger without reducing the quality of the image? Right now, the setting is at 2560 x 1440. I tried 1920 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, and 1680 x 1050. The best out of these was 1920 x 1080 which I believe is the resolution of the 21.5" iMac model.

Thanks.
QUOTE Thanks
technologist

 
Member Since: Mar 30, 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 4,744
technologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 12" Apple PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz)

technologist is offline
Yes, this is an issue, and there's no good answer for it. Changing resolutions on an LCD to anything other than the native resolution is going to make things blurry, as on-screen pixels are stretched across actual hardware pixels.

Oddly, things are slightly larger on-screen with the 21.5" iMac than the 27" iMac, since the resolution on the 27" iMac is larger out of proportion with the actual screen size. But not by much.

Many apps (including all web browsers, and almost all word processors) have a "zoom" function that zooms a page with minimum blurring. Usually that's in the View menu somewhere. But that only works within the one app.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixel_density
QUOTE Thanks
bazanders

 
Member Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posts: 167
bazanders will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: mid 2011 27" imac Core i5 2.7GHz, 8GB, 1TB

bazanders is offline
What you need is resolution independance,(one of the few things i miss from windows) i.e. being able to increase ont size without losing the sharpness and clarity. Unfortunately SL doesnt support this, but LION will, so the rumours go
QUOTE Thanks
pigoo3

 
pigoo3's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 20, 2008
Location: U.S.
Posts: 26,732
pigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 13" MB 2.4ghz, 2gig ram, OS 10.7.5

pigoo3 is offline
Go "old school" and get a CRT monitor.

- Nick

- Computer slow, too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
- Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some speedup tips: Speedup
- Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
- Apple Battery Info. Battery
QUOTE Thanks
chas_m

 
chas_m's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 22, 2010
Location: Victoria, BC
Posts: 16,753
chas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 2012 MBP, Black speakers, Black Benq second monitor, black(ish) iPhone 5s, Black 2012 iPad, etc.

chas_m is offline
Here's something that will help in Safari:

1. In preferences, Appearance, set the font size to something comfortable.
2. In Advanced, set the minimum font size to something a bit larger (don't go overboard).

Finally, if you're on a page that insists on using a tiny font or is just generally cluttery, there's a couple of other things that can help:

First, look in the address bar to see if the word "Reader" appears at the end of the URL. If so, click on it.

If that doesn't work or isn't available, you can go under the View menu and zoom the entire page (without losing sharpness) or zoom just the text.
QUOTE Thanks
ever95

 
Member Since: Mar 24, 2013
Posts: 1
ever95 is on a distinguished road

ever95 is offline
Am I missing something or are you over thinking this . Press control on your keyboard and roll your finger forward or backward on your mouse to change the picture size.
QUOTE Thanks
pigoo3

 
pigoo3's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 20, 2008
Location: U.S.
Posts: 26,732
pigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond reputepigoo3 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 13" MB 2.4ghz, 2gig ram, OS 10.7.5

pigoo3 is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by ever95 View Post
Am I missing something or are you over thinking this . Press control on your keyboard and roll your finger forward or backward on your mouse to change the picture size.
Yes you are sort of missing something. What you are describing is the "zoom in" and "zoom out" feature. This is great for temporary purposes...but not for working 100% of the time.

The original poster of the thread wants to increase/magnify the size of things on the display...but not lose display sharpness. Even if they did as you suggested...if you zoom in far enough...things start getting fuzzy. This is not what the OP was looking for.

- Nick

p.s. This is also an almost 2 year-old thread. I'm guessing that the OP has figured things out by now!

- Computer slow, too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
- Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some speedup tips: Speedup
- Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
- Apple Battery Info. Battery
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Brand new switcher | Printer issues »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
iMac OS X: Desktop Screen Size Problem Paul Johnston Apple Desktops 3 11-19-2010 02:42 AM
Screen Size monitor problem Mroa924 Switcher Hangout 8 11-18-2010 05:55 AM
Screen size GoOn Apple Notebooks 8 11-27-2006 03:33 PM
ATI Radeon Screen Resolution On G4 t_a_o Apple Desktops 0 09-05-2006 10:14 AM
Suggested Image Size BurntSmore Images, Graphic Design, and Digital Photography 6 05-20-2005 03:18 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:48 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?