Can we increase desktop size yet???

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    tmanto02

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    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??
     
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    T'hain Esh Kelch

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    What do you mean by increase the desktop?
     
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    make everything bigger without effecting resolution?
     
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    Are you asking for increased screen real estate? Like shrinking everything on the screen?

    Then it won't work unless you have the retina.
     
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    I think he's asking for something like pressing cmd+- (heh) in Safari, but for the desktop.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    It has always been the control key, not the command key.
     
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    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?
     
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    Yes. Go to System Preferences and then Trackpad. You can see if the option is activated, and if control or command is set.
     
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    I have looked under all 3 tabs (Point & Click, Scroll & Zoom, More Gestures) but don't see this option. Where are you seeing it?
     
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    System Preferences > Accessibility > Zoom
     
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    Thanks, that is it. I now see I was looking under Keyboard: Accessibility and not Accessibility.
     
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    Works fine for me in ML. Mid 2011 MBA.
     
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    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. :)
     
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    You can set the resolution down? Is that what you mean?
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Just incase anyone still doesnt get what I mean here is the Windows 7 feature:
     

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