Best MAC OS for customization

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Chiadrum, May 16, 2016.

  1. Chiadrum macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2015
    Hi all-I picked up a 2011 17" Mac Pro since my eyes aren't what they used to be.The problem is running El Capitan I basically have no control over font and sizing throughout the OS.My wife's 13" Pro is easier to read despite the screen size.Control + works for Safari but I want the ability to change the font system wide so that my brilliant 17" display can show everything large and clear all the time.
    I understand that earlier versions of OSX allow such tweaks.Just looking for recommendations on the caveats of the various versions that would allow such customizing.Open to installing a 3rd party app to accomplish my goals.

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    !!! macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2013
    Well your post is sorta messed up. You say "2011 17" Mac Pro", you do realize there's both a MacBook Pro and a Mac Pro right? Your wife probably has a retina MacBook Pro, and you don't. Look up Mac retina screens to see how they affect what you see.
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    Chiadrum thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2015
    Ok well definitely a MacBook Pro and El Cap clearly limits customization and doesn't display very well on the 17" screen,nothing to do with the retina display-it is the size of the text that is the issue so the question remains-which MacBook Pro OS would be the best for customizing.El Cap has shut down customizing as far as I understand.This MacBook Pro is my 1st so I don't know the limitations as I do with say Android or Windows since I have had many of those devices over the years.I have gotten some excellent advice on this forum in the past and I am sure that I will once again.
  4. lowendlinux Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    I can't remember any OS X that let you change the font size globally

    You're probably going to have to either scale the display or use Zoom which is in accessibility. You're on a 1920x1200 unscaled 17" display stuff is going to be small your wifes computer is scaled to 1280x800 which "fixes" the issues with small hi res displays
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    No version of OS X is very customizable,

    Check this link out however in which is details how to change the system font.

    I'm sure there's other links available in customizing OS X, but it will usually entail some sort of hack or behind the scene changes as the OS does not really support that sort of thing.
  6. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Flying over the rainforest at dawn - Priceless
    You could try playing with the resolution with a third party App such as QuickRes. As for font scaling, your definitely going to want to step back to 10.10 or 10.9 as there is far more chance of a third party tool that that can help with this one. Try Bresink`s Tinker Tool:

    Another option is change the system font to Lucida Grande as this will suit the 17" non Retina display better the links below may be of some help;

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    Snap :)

  7. Chiadrum thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2015
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    Thanks for all of the advice guys.In the short term setting the resolution to 1280/800 has made a huge difference.I will explore some of the other options as time permits.

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