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tmanto02
Jul 30, 2012, 02:17 AM
Hey guys,

Any ideas if with Mountain Lion you can increase the size of your desktop?

It is desperately needed with Macbook Pros. Can the retina do this??



T'hain Esh Kelch
Jul 30, 2012, 02:20 AM
What do you mean by increase the desktop?

tmanto02
Jul 30, 2012, 03:14 AM
make everything bigger without effecting resolution?

sammich
Jul 30, 2012, 03:49 AM
Are you asking for increased screen real estate? Like shrinking everything on the screen?

Then it won't work unless you have the retina.

hafr
Jul 30, 2012, 03:59 AM
Are you asking for increased screen real estate? Like shrinking everything on the screen?

Then it won't work unless you have the retina.

I think he's asking for something like pressing cmd+- (heh) in Safari, but for the desktop.

T'hain Esh Kelch
Jul 30, 2012, 04:29 AM
If you click the desktop, and then press command-J, you can set the size of icons - As you've been able to since 10.0 on all machines.

Julien
Jul 30, 2012, 06:35 AM
Related question (and maybe what the OP is asking). In Lion I could hold down the Command key and use the 2 finger scroll to scroll up/down the entire screen/desktop size (magnify). This is not working in ML.

EDIT: Found a way to do it manually: System Preferences: Keyboard: Shortcuts: Accessibility: check on Zoom. Then Option/Command/+ to zoom in. The Command 2 finger scroll still doesn't work.

T'hain Esh Kelch
Jul 30, 2012, 06:41 AM
Related question (and maybe what the OP is asking). In Lion I could hold down the Command key and use the 2 finger scroll to scroll up/down the entire screen/desktop size (magnify). This is not working in ML.
It has always been the control key, not the command key.

Julien
Jul 30, 2012, 06:51 AM
It has always been the control key, not the command key.

Control key and the 2 finger scroll doesn't magnify for me either (I just seem to remember Command for some reason) . Is it working for you?

T'hain Esh Kelch
Jul 30, 2012, 07:09 AM
Control key and the 2 finger scroll doesn't magnify for me either (I just seem to remember Command for some reason) . Is it working for you?
Yes. Go to System Preferences and then Trackpad. You can see if the option is activated, and if control or command is set.

Julien
Jul 30, 2012, 09:11 AM
Yes. Go to System Preferences and then Trackpad. You can see if the option is activated, and if control or command is set.

I have looked under all 3 tabs (Point & Click, Scroll & Zoom, More Gestures) but don't see this option. Where are you seeing it?

hafr
Jul 30, 2012, 09:28 AM
I have looked under all 3 tabs (Point & Click, Scroll & Zoom, More Gestures) but don't see this option. Where are you seeing it?
System Preferences > Accessibility > Zoom

Julien
Jul 30, 2012, 09:35 AM
System Preferences > Accessibility > Zoom

Thanks, that is it. I now see I was looking under Keyboard: Accessibility and not Accessibility.

Bob Coxner
Jul 30, 2012, 09:39 AM
Control key and the 2 finger scroll doesn't magnify for me either (I just seem to remember Command for some reason) . Is it working for you?

Works fine for me in ML. Mid 2011 MBA.

T'hain Esh Kelch
Jul 30, 2012, 10:04 AM
Ah, I was describing where the option was under Snow Leopard, which is the system I'm running on this Mac. Of course didn't think of how Apple changes the location of all options with each release. :)

PaulKemp
Jul 30, 2012, 12:19 PM
Hey guys,

Any ideas if with Mountain Lion you can increase the size of your desktop?

It is desperately needed with Macbook Pros. Can the retina do this??

You can set the resolution down? Is that what you mean?

50548
Jul 30, 2012, 12:26 PM
Hey guys,

Any ideas if with Mountain Lion you can increase the size of your desktop?

It is desperately needed with Macbook Pros. Can the retina do this??

No, you can't - the only possible measure is to change the overall resolution of the display.

Just one of the many things that Apple doesn't care about when launching new versions of OS X nowadays...iOS is the priority, not a desktop experience.

tmanto02
Jul 30, 2012, 07:39 PM
Just one of the many things that Apple doesn't care about when launching new versions of OS X nowadays...iOS is the priority, not a desktop experience.

Wow what a cynical view, but I get it, there are a lot of desired featured that have been spoken about for years, but never introduced.

Windows 7 has an option to increase the size of your desktop (icons, text, everything) by 125%, 150% etc...

It doesn't bother me on my MBP however the Mac Mini is plugged into a 51" screen so everything can get a little bit small.

tmanto02
Jul 30, 2012, 07:45 PM
Just incase anyone still doesnt get what I mean here is the Windows 7 feature: