One of the benefits of owning an iMac is all the screen real estate. I cut my computing teeth on the Osborn 1’s teeny tiny black and white screen, so I tend to gravitate toward more screen wherever possible.
Mac users– whether MacBook Pro with Retina display, or iMac (including the new Retina 5k display in the most expensive iMac model)– often switch resolutions depending upon which app is being used at the moment.
How do you change resolution on a Mac screen? It’s a cumbersome process the Apple way. Open System Preferences, click on Displays, select Scaled, select the resolution you need. They’re fixed, not custom.
Or, grab any one of half a dozen Mac utilities which make switching much easier. The one I prefer is called EasyRes, it costs a few dollars, but if you switch resolutions regularly, you’ll appreciate how easy it is to use.
Click the Mac’s Menubar, select the screen resolution you need for the moment, and… done.
What makes EasyRes special is the option that displays a preview of the selected screen resolution– on your Mac’s screen. It’s a live, animated preview of how the screen size will affect viewing on your screen. Just run the screen pointer over the menu to see.
EasyRes is how I would expect Apple to enhance the screen resolution options on a Mac, but I don’t mind paying a few dollars for a utility that does so much, does it well, and gets updated regularly.
EasyRes remembers recently selected screen resolutions, and has a list of standard resolutions from 1080p to 10801, 720p and others. This is just nicely done and deserving of the high ratings.
If you’re on a budget, try the free Display Menu. It’s not as full featured, but may have what you need.