Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    increasing screen image size without changing screen resolution

    Member Since
    Jan 02, 2009
    Posts
    126
    increasing screen image size without changing screen resolution
    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.

  2. #2
    increasing screen image size without changing screen resolution

    Member Since
    Mar 30, 2004
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    4,744
    Specs:
    12" Apple PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz)
    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

  3. #3
    increasing screen image size without changing screen resolution

    Member Since
    Mar 30, 2010
    Posts
    170
    Specs:
    mid 2011 27" imac Core i5 2.7GHz, 8GB, 1TB
    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

  4. #4
    increasing screen image size without changing screen resolution
    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    31,499
    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.7.5
    Go "old school" and get a CRT monitor.

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

  5. #5
    increasing screen image size without changing screen resolution
    chas_m's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 22, 2010
    Location
    Victoria, BC
    Posts
    18,970
    Specs:
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    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.

  6. #6
    increasing screen image size without changing screen resolution

    Member Since
    Mar 24, 2013
    Posts
    1
    picture size
    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.

  7. #7
    increasing screen image size without changing screen resolution
    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    31,499
    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.7.5
    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!
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Screen size increasing
    By roscoeann in forum Images, Graphic Design, and Digital Photography
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 03-01-2013, 05:02 AM
  2. Screen size changing
    By sapper in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-25-2012, 08:03 AM
  3. Screen size/ Resolution relating to objects
    By avtraino in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-16-2009, 07:52 PM
  4. Increasing Screen Resolution, iBook G4
    By petenet in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-09-2006, 01:48 AM
  5. iBook Resolution/Screen Size Question
    By mike518 in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-20-2005, 11:26 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •