Increase resolution on non-retina iMac

bobsaget123

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Dec 17, 2012
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I have a 27'' non-retina iMac and a new 12'' MacBook. I recently increased the resolution on my Macbook beyond factory standards using the method described in this thread, and it is great:

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/scale-1680x1050-on-rmb-without-an-app.1873910/

Has anybody tried doing this for a non-retina iMac? Was wondering if it would 1. be functional and 2. actually be desirable/worth doing.

Thanks
 

steve23094

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Apr 23, 2013
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You can't. Your maximum resolution is 2560*1440.

The method outlined in that post accesses the HiDPI modes on a Retina screen that are not easily available to a typical user. Apps such as Display Menu achieve the same thing in a simple format.
 

xmichaelp

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Jul 10, 2012
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Even if you could do it it would look awful displaying an effective resolution higher than the actual resolution of the display.
 

redheeler

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On a Retina display, the smaller pixels and HiDPI means it's hardly noticeable, since 1 HiDPI pixel is still larger than an actual pixel on the display. On a non-retina display, while possible using an app such as Display Menu, it would have a much greater impact on display quality.
 
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