Use Apple’s System Preferences > Displays > Display > Scaled. Select the screen resolution you want and you’re good to go.
Or, find a Mac app that also changes the screen resolution but is easier to use than Apple’s built-in method. Both methods are free. If you choose the former, there are more clicks. If you choose Display Menu, screen resolution can be changed with a single click.
My screen resolution app of choice is Display Menu
. It’s free and it could not be easier to change a Mac’s screen resolution unless your Mac can read your mind.
If you’re looking for more complexity or a gotcha, well, there isn’t one. It’s that easy.
Display Menu is for Mac users who have a need to change the display resolution more frequently than an annual basis. It takes up residence in your Mac’s Menubar and works with the Mac’s built-in display, or a Mac with an external display, or both.
Click. Select the display. Select the resolution. Done.
Oh, about that gotcha. I found one. Display Menu does not support the two small display modes of the MacBook Pro with Retina display. Apple’s new Retina displays, while worthy eye candy, do cause more problems than they solve.