screen resolution


macrumors 65816
Original poster
Mar 12, 2006
Under the sun
I have an incredibly stupid question. I know so here it goes:

I'm getting a macbook. My vision isn't so swell so can I make the screen resolution lower?


Moderator emeritus
Mar 16, 2004
Andover, MA
You can reduce the resolution, yes, which will make things appear larger. It doesn't look great, but, with poor vision, it would not be too bad.

Also, using the System Preferences...->Universal Access preference pane, you can, in the "Seeing" tab, enable zooming, which lets you use control keys to zoom in and out dynamically - so you can see what's near your mouse.

Also, of course, many apps support larger scales within them for fonts, images, etc.

And, finally, many of the desktop features (icons, dock, etc.) can be enlarged.

These features, when combined, would let you keep the native resolution but still see things well.

Also, FWIW, Leopard (OS X 10.5) is supposedly going to have far more integrated scaling features.


macrumors 6502a
Aug 21, 2004
I have poor vision as well, lowering the resolution causes things to look more blurry, text is not as sharp. Yea, things are bigger, but it looks like I have even more blurry vision. I just have my face two inches in front of my screen. :D


macrumors 65816
Jan 5, 2005
I decreased the resolution on a MacBook and it wasn't bad. My iMac has been set back since I bought it and it looks fine to me. It's certainly better than not being able to read the screen (besides, if your vision is bad you are used to things being slightly blurry).

Remember, even at the highest resolution, you can increase the system font size and the size of text in most browsers, word processors and drawing programs. Personally, I would get new glasses before using universal access (but it is there if you want it).

Best wishes