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  1. #1
    Text scaling on OSX
    I got a new 4k display (Asus MG28Uq) to go with my mid 2014 Macbook Pro (running High Sierra) and I am having an issue with text scaling. I have searched and searched and maybe I am using the wrong terms but for the life of me I can not get the text size option to show up. I have attached what I see and I have attached what other posts have told me I should see and I can not figure out what else to do.
    This is what I am told I should see.
    change-mac-system-font-size-display-resolution.png

    This is what I see.
    Screen Shot 2018-02-24 at 14.35.43.png

    Can anyone help? Please and thank you!

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    Text scaling on OSX
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    I would assume that the display and settings for the external display are just going to be different so just change the resolution to at least close to what you want to see if the default resolution doesn't suit you.

    If that's not satisfactory, then maybe try SwitchResX.app. At least it will give you a consistent display window to use.

    You can download it from here:
    http://www.madrau.com


    PS: I believe the top window view is for recent OS X versions and possibly more recent than you are using whatever version it is.





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    Text scaling on OSX
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    Just so you don't miss it… I add this here as a PPS comment.

    PPS: Maybe this might help explain the window display differences you are concerned about:

    The Display system preferences choices in 10.9.3 have changed.
    Have a look and read here:
    https://www.macworld.com/article/215...-x-10-9-3.html


    And just in case you need it, try this:
    https://www.macworld.com/article/302...-settings.html




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    Last edited by pm-r; 02-24-2018 at 05:26 PM.

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    Text scaling on OSX
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    You should be choosing "best for display" not scaled. Also, are you choosing the Asus to "mirror" your MacBook Pro? It's been our experience that setting displays as scaled can introduce distortion or blurriness. When you set the resolution as "best for display" you will also get the default refresh rate. Notice that in your screen shot the refresh is shown as 30Hz which is low and will cause some eye strain. Normal refresh for a LCD display is 60Hz.

    Note that text size will depend entirely on the resolution that you set for the display. The lower the resolution, the larger the text size will be and vice-versa. But again, anything other than "Best for Display" can and will cause some distortion. Best for display is also called "Native Resolution". You can probably find that out for your Asus by looking in the manual.

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    Text scaling on OSX
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    It looks to me like you’re comparing the external display settings, to the MBP display settings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    It looks to me like you’re comparing the external display settings, to the MBP display settings.
    I agree, which is why I asked him if he was choosing to mirror the display to his MBP.

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    Text scaling on OSX
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    Note that text size will depend entirely on the resolution that you set for the display.

    And not forgetting that many apps provide an option to increase, or decrease, the text and/or graphics size one is looking at.

    And I assume that feature works with 4K and 5K displays.




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    So I was just using the picture as an example. When I set the display at its “best for display” the fonts are all very small(which I understand because it’s a 4K display) and why I asked about scaling. Having to adjust the font in every program seems manually seems excessive. I am just asking is there was a global setting so that all got sizes are increased to say 150%

    I just figured there would be a similar setting that you see on the built in MacBook display as the external display.

    Thanks guys I do really appreciate the input and assistance

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    Text scaling on OSX
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    Having to adjust the font in every program seems manually seems excessive.

    I just have and use a normal iMac 27" display but often need to enlarge text to aid my aging eyes, and it's simple using the enlarge or smaller icon that many apps have available in their "Customize Menu" View options. i.e. just a quick click or two on the big A or little A:

    PS: What was your main reason for purchasing a 4k display if you don't like or want the small resolution??? Just curious…

    Screen Shot 2018-02-24 at 8.06.16 PM.png




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