Australian Macworld staff April 1, 2010
With Mac screen sizes getting bigger and bigger, it can be difficult to see all the detail on your screen without having to squint – especially small icons and text. You might be tempted to counter this trend by setting your resolution to something you’re accustomed to from older Macs. But this usually results in distorted text and pixelated images.
Hope isn’t completely lost, as there are a few ways to get around the issue, whilst utilising the high pixel density to see crystal-clear beautiful images just how Apple intended.
For objects in the Finder, you always have Command-J at your disposal. While in the Finder press this helpful key combination and you find the option to increase the size of icons on the Desktop as well as in any windows where you’ve chosen to view entries as icons. You can also get into the Dock Preferences (via System Preferences) and make those icons as big as you want them.
Next, when using Safari or Mail, press Command-+ (Plus). In Safari this will increase the size of objects on a Web page. In Mail, it increases the size of text in messages.
And as a last resort, the Universal Access system preference allows you to easily zoom the Mac’s screen. Hold the Control key and then use your mouse’s scroll wheel (or a laptop’s touchpad) to zoom the display in and out. Yes, when you do this objects on the screen become less distinct. Blame physics. Alternatively, you can zoom in and out in preset levels. Press Command-Option-= (Equals) to zoom in, and Command-Option- – (Minus) to zoom out.