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How can I emulate higher resolution on my Macbook Pro?

Asked: Jun 10 2015 | 2:20 pm EDT 4254 Views 2 Answers View Best Answer

When I hook up my 13" macbook pro to an external monitor, set the external monitor as the primary and then mirror displays, the 13" display emulates the 2560 x 1600 monitor.

Is there any way to get the 13" display to scale up the resolution without it being hooked to another monitor?

I understand that it wont really be a higher resolution but I could use the extra room, even if its fake.

Thanks!


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Jun 10 2015 | 3:00 pm EDT HankAZ

When I hook up my 13" macbook pro to an external monitor, set the external monitor as the primary and then mirror displays, the 13" display emulates the 2560 x 1600 monitor.

Is there any way to get the 13" display to scale up the resolution without it being hooked to another monitor?

I understand that it wont really be a higher resolution but I could use the extra room, even if its fake.

Thanks!
Have you looked at  > System Preferences ... > Displays > (Display Tab) > Resolution: Scaled to see what that might do for you. Admittedly, I'm using a 15" rMBP, so what I see in that screen may be different from your options.

AFAIK, that would be the only way to do it, if it's possible. To be quite honest, I don't understand how a monitor with a lower resolution could possible "emulate [a] higher resolution".

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Jun 10 2015 | 10:36 pm EDT hpahaut

Thanks for the reply HankAZ!

Display settings was the first thing I checked. Only options are 1280 * 800 and lower.
I know the display can emulate it since it does it when the bigger screen is hooked. I guess it just makes things smaller.

I didn’t know it was possible either, I just stumbled upon it by hitting cmd + F1 (or F2 (one makes it mirror and one makes the screens individual)).