Ahh! It's too big!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dmurray14, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. dmurray14 macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2005
    The windows, that is. I have my computer set to 1280x1024 and coming from Windows, I feel like everything is just huge. 1280x1024 used to give me a lot to play with in XP, but is OSX I feel like everything is huge and cluttered - the fonts, the icons, everything. Is there a way to make everything smaller?

  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Big problem of mine too. ;)

    Can you increase your resolution further? What sort of configuration do you have (Mac and screen)?

    Try pressing COMMAND-SHIFT-MINUS inside apps such as Safari to make them appear smaller. You can also change the icon sizes by typing COMMAND-J in a window and fiddling with the slider. I hope this helps a little. :)
  3. Laser47 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2004
    ive noticed that aswell, macs look better on huge screens on the otherhand if youve seen windows on a 24" pc screen it looks kinda crappy
  4. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    You know you can change the sizes of things, right? It might help the feeling of overload. Same goes for the dock.

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  5. dmurray14 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Thanks, that helped as far as the internet (firefox).

    Mad jew - to answer your question - its a G4 connected to a Dell 17" flat panel that is native at 1280x1024 (so that's where I want to keep it).
  6. dmurray14 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Thanks...I did that already. However, things like iChat still have comparitively HUGE icons and text...
  7. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Funny, the default XP theme always makes a screen feel much more crowded than using a Mac, but maybe that's just taste. Taking web browsers as an example, Safari has a zero pixel border on the left and a thrifty 15 pixel scrollbar on the right; the buttons at the top are far smaller than the IE default, and the bottom strip can be turned off entirely. The only universally lost space is the stripe at the top for the menus, which is smaller than the default Windows Taskbar, and though you can't hide it you don't need the menus at the top of every window which saves net space.

    Still, the obvious things to do are:

    -Reduce the size of the dock; either use the pref pane or just drag the seperator over by the trash

    -Auto-hide the dock (again, right/control click on the seperator or use the prefs; it pops back up when you put your mouse on that screen edge)

    -Move the Dock to either the right or left side (it makes more difference on widescreen monitors, but is still a bit more efficient on standard 4:3 ones like yours)

    -Use the Finder View Options to reduce icon and font size

    -If you don't like or use the left bar in Finder windows, it can be hidden (or shrunk) by dragging the seperator

    -You can switch to non-metal Finder windows to save the border space, though you loose the convienent top buttons

    -While web browsing, you can reduce the font size temporarily (as said, by using command-+ or add the buttons to the top toolbar), or permenantly (check the prefs--default to any font size you like)

    -Finally, if you download the free Tinkertool, it lets you tweak a few more visual things that might get the interface looking more to your taste
  8. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Wow, thanks for that! That's neat... I hope I can remember that shortcut. :D
  9. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    If you still want the sidebar of Finder windows, but you want a smaller feel to things you can also do this:

  10. Kobushi macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    Right behind you.
    I love threads with suggestive titles....they always end up with huge view # to post # ratios :)

    Both of my suggestions have been given. I'm worthless.

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