Changing a MacBook Pro Retina's resolution to 1920x1080

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kinggtomm, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. kinggtomm macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2012
    I have a few programs installed on my Macbook Pro Retina 13" but they all appear pixelated. I have an iMac which it's resolution is 1920x1080 and the programs appear perfectly fine on that. How do I change the resolution on my macbook to 1920x1080? I have tried going system preferences > Display > Scaled but that only gives me 4 options which don't help.

    Please help is this is possible, thanks
  2. bobbydd21 macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2012
    The macbook pros displays have a different aspect ratio. They have a ratio of 16:10 and a resolution like 1920X1080 has a ratio of 16:9. Unfortunately this means you will not be able to run this resolution effectively.
  3. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    Use QuickRes

    You will want to set it to 1920x1200, 1920x1080 works but you will have black bars in the empty space at the top and bottom of the screen.
  4. SMacDuff macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2006
    Stockholm, Sweden
    The four scaled resolutions are listed ranging from "Larger Text" to "More Space." On the 15-Inch models, the supported scaled resolutions are 1920x1200, 1680x1050, 1280x800, and 1024x640. On the 13-Inch models, the supported scaled resolutions are 1680x1050, 1440x900, and 1024x640.

    If you want more control over the resolution, try installing QuickRes from the Mac App Store. It's free.
  5. cbs20 macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2013
    Changing the resolution won't help unless you change the resolution to the native resolution which is 2560-by-1600. The result would be a very small cursor and very small application windows. This is because of the HiDPI of the retina display. Your best option is to contact the developer of the software and ask them to optimize their application for the retina display. You can also try locating the application in your application folder, select the app and open the "get info" window. Check open in low resolution and see if the blurriness is improved.

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