Resolution font size help please

Discussion in 'iMac' started by rogerbottrell, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. rogerbottrell macrumors member

    May 16, 2014
    Newbie here with new 27 inch iMac I need help on text size and resolution please.

    I have discovered the hard way that messing around with preferences, trial and error does not always work well.-and I can’t always retrace my action back to original settings. display is set to "best display"

    Calling the Apple genies is usually time-consuming, pleasant, and mostly unproductive.

    I seem to have much better luck on this board with an understanding co-user who has “been there done that”-

    Thank you for your help and understanding, attached is perhaps a link that might be in example of my difficulty- this is a late 2013-27 inch Imac.

    I think I have finally gotten the e-mail text where I can deal with it simply by zooming in on text size-

    My challenge seems to be understanding that a one size setting in resolution, font size should fit all?—

    So do all apps need their own individual settings? Safari, email, pages, notes, search engines?- and what might they be? That frankly does not make any sense to me or probably to Tim Cook.-------so again, “operator problem”? seeking a solution.......thank you all
  2. ryguy92000 macrumors regular


    Sep 20, 2014
    Salt Lake City, UT
    A Resolution...for your resolution

    It would seem that you are having issues seeing the screen in general. On the newer machines the resolution is so good...its bad. We have a few solutions in our shop to fix this.

    First is to experiment with the Accessibility options in settings.
    System Preference-> Accessability-> On the left window you can experiment with the Zoom settings.

    Or for a more general increase in size. I would recommend a decrease in resolution.
    System Preferences -> Display -> On the pane titled "Display" (as opposed to "Arrangement" and Color") Switch from "Best for display" to "Scaled" and start at the lowest setting which should be near "1024x768". If that is too big, it maybe, move up one level at a time to the desired size.

    As far as individual apps it may be a little harder to diagnose. With Apple apps they should switch to the native setting which we have set above. But with third party apps (i.e. Word, Movie Maker, etc.) which show in a full-screen mode those may need to be adjusted manually. If you are just using your computer for Internet and word processing this should be your fix!!:D
  3. rogerbottrell thread starter macrumors member

    May 16, 2014
    thank you

    thank you that is what i was about to do, but wanted some confirmation first. it is easy, for me, to forget what i have done and cant retreat
  4. maf2k8 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2009
    I just got a new iMac a few weeks ago and love it. Its a 27" but i also have bad eye sight and cannot set it to its "optimal" resolution since fonts are to small.

    Here are a few tips i use to make things easier for me to read...

    If your using Safari, Set the minimum font size to display in prefrences, It really helps with loading websites with small fonts and it saves you time having to zoom in everytime you go to a new webpage.

    Use Chrome instead of Safari. I could be wrong on this but when i use chrome and i zoom in once or twice on a certain site, Its saves and remembers that setting for that site, So that when i come back to it another day, It will remember i had that website set to zoom in 2 times, With Safari, It doesnt remember that and your always zooming in and out each and everytime.

    A lot of apps have there own font settings, Like Mail, I manually set all the fonts in mail to something larger. So i can read my emails and subject lines without having to adjust screen res.

    I no longer own one but i remember when i had the Apple Magic Trackpad, It was sooooo easy to zoom in and increase photos, text, etc.. a simple swipe or pinch and it would zoom to the exact level i wanted it.

    Increase the size of your mouse pointer!

    I really love the feature in iOS devices that allows you to set the overall font sizes of the system to tiny to extra large, i so with OSX would get a setting that would allow for a system wide font increase.

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