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vmm2010 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 22, 2011 2:18 PM
Hello,

I bought a new MacBook Pro 15-inch (Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display) and my resolution of 1680x1050 gives me very small fonts throughout, it's a headache -- literally.

I noticed the MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Glossy Widescreen Display comes with a 1440x900 resolution option which makes the font bigger throughout.

What can I do to increase the font size in my computer? Even when I increase it -- individually -- whenever I have the option, menus bar stays very small and difficult to read.

I am starting to regret my purchase. Can someone please help me?

Thank you so much.
MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
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    Jan 22, 2011 4:29 PM (in response to vmm2010)
    You can't increase the size of the fonts in menus, dialog boxes, tool palettes, etc.: there's no way. What you can do as a workaround is check the Screen Zoom box in System Preferences > Trackpad. Then whenever you press the Control key and slide two fingertips upward on the trackpad, everything on the screen will be enlarged. You won't be able to see the whole screen at once, but at least you'll be able to read anything on the screen that you scroll to.

    The alternative is to sell your machine and buy the standard-resolution model — but it's not available with an anti-glare screen.
    15" '08 UMBP 2.4GHz/4G/500G XT; TiBook 1GHz/1G/120G; iPhone 3G, iTouch 32G, Mac OS X (10.6.6), scanners, projector, tablet, laser and photo printers, Pentax K-7, Olympus E-10
  • captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,225 points)
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    Jan 22, 2011 5:03 PM (in response to vmm2010)
    In addition, you can set larger font sizes in many programs. For example in Finder go to Finder > View > Show view options > Set text size larger than the default 12.

    This won't affect sidebar or menu fonts but the main file lists are bigger.

    In safari or firefox you can set preferences to a larger font size etc.
    Many programs have these options but have to be set in each program.

    Many programs also support CMD + to enlarge the font and CMD - to reduce.

    Regards
    iMac 27" i7, iMac 20", Mini(2010) Server, MBPro, MBAir, iPhone 3GS, TV, iPad, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,225 points)
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    Jan 22, 2011 5:42 PM (in response to vmm2010)
    It's the command key. Looks like ⌘. If you hold that key and hit +, the fonts will enlarge in many programs. "-" key to reduce font size.

    Regards
    iMac 27" i7, iMac 20", Mini(2010) Server, MBPro, MBAir, iPhone 3GS, TV, iPad, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
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    Jan 22, 2011 6:43 PM (in response to vmm2010)
    If you've always had Macs, then you're aware that you've never been able to adjust the sizes of the menu and dialog box fonts that are giving you fits now. Perhaps you never wanted to, but if you had, you'd have run into the same inflexibility that you find so annoying — at any time since the Mac was introduced in 1984.
    15" '08 UMBP 2.4GHz/4G/500G XT; TiBook 1GHz/1G/120G; iPhone 3G, iTouch 32G, Mac OS X (10.6.6), scanners, projector, tablet, laser and photo printers, Pentax K-7, Olympus E-10
  • Pruitt Hall Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 22, 2011 7:28 PM (in response to eww)
    eww,

    you are so correct there. But, the resolution was always less so everything 'looked' bigger. I'm not complaining a bit...I jumped from the Windows world, but had a laptop that had 1600 resolution so the anti-glare was a natural fit for me. I actually prefer the smaller fonts on everything EXCEPT iCal...there's it's just a tad too small and I know, it can't be changed. I live with it...it would be an excellent Lion enhancement.

    That said, I don't get the grief some feel on it...you can 'gesture' up a bigger rendering in almost everything.
    MBP i7, 15", anti glare, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
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    Jan 22, 2011 7:41 PM (in response to Pruitt Hall)
    A fully resolution-independent OS (which would allow adjustment of the size of everything) has reportedly been on Apple's to-do list for years now, but it hasn't showed up yet. Maybe in Lion, but we'll just have to wait and see.
    15" '08 UMBP 2.4GHz/4G/500G XT; TiBook 1GHz/1G/120G; iPhone 3G, iTouch 32G, Mac OS X (10.6.6), scanners, projector, tablet, laser and photo printers, Pentax K-7, Olympus E-10
  • captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,225 points)
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    Jan 23, 2011 6:09 AM (in response to vmm2010)
    No problem.

    Hope you were able to increase the font sizes on your most used apps.

    Captfred
    iMac 27" i7, iMac 20", Mini(2010) Server, MBPro, MBAir, iPhone 3GS, TV, iPad, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
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    Jan 23, 2011 6:30 AM (in response to vmm2010)
    Only you seem to be angry; I certainly am not.

    I read most of the posts in these MBP forums every day, so I know that the menu and dialog box fonts and other non-adjustable user interface elements on the recent 17" and 15" high-res MBP screens are too small for some users to read comfortably. I've often warned people in these forums who announced that they were thinking of buying one of those models to sit down in front of one before ordering, because no one wants an unhappy surprise that can't be adjusted away.

    I did the simple arithmetic long ago to calculate the pixels-per-inch dimensions of all the various Apple displays. When 1680 x 1050 pixels are crowded into the same area as 1440 x 900 pixels, each pixel is smaller, and anything that is locked to the size of a pixel will also be smaller. Unfortunately, menu bar fonts, dialog boxes, tool palettes in many apps, and some other graphic elements are indeed locked to the size of a pixel. People who order things sight unseen will sometimes get unhappy surprises. I'm sorry that you were one of them.

    11.6" MBA: 1366 x 768 pixels @ 135.1 pixels per inch
    13.3" MB or MBP: 1280 x 800 pixels @ 113.5 pixels per inch
    13.3" MBA: 1440 x 900 pixels @ 127.7 pixels per inch
    15.4" MBP: 1440 x 900 pixels @ 110.3 pixels per inch
    15.4" hi-res MBP: 1680 x 1050 @ 128.6 pixels per inch
    17.0" MBP: 1920 x 1200 pixels @ 133.2 pixels per inch
    21.5" iMac: 1920 x 1080 pixels @ 102.5 pixels per inch
    24.0" LED display: 1920 x 1200 @ 113.2 pixels per inch
    27.0" iMac or LED display: 2560 x 1440 @ 108.8 pixels per inch
    30.0" Cinema display: 2560 x 1600 @ 100.6 pixels per inch

    Message was edited by: eww
    15" '08 UMBP 2.4GHz/4G/500G XT; TiBook 1GHz/1G/120G; iPhone 3G, iTouch 32G, Mac OS X (10.6.6), scanners, projector, tablet, laser and photo printers, Pentax K-7, Olympus E-10
  • LASwampRat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 3, 2011 9:43 PM (in response to vmm2010)
    Personally when I read anything that says better resolution, I cringe...because it most certainly means smaller font. I certainly hope LION allows for increased font size for ALL dialog boxes and defaults.

    I switched to mac over a year ago and find the small font size to be one of the mac's worst attributes.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
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