4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 25, 2008 10:29 AM by Courcoul
patelone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi guys,
I just got a new MBP 17" HiRes LCD but everything on my LCD looks so small in Safari compared to my firefox browser in windows xp. Is there any way to make the whole page bigger? I don't mean to change the size of the fonts or zoom because neither work great as they end up messing up the page by misaligning them. So is there a better way to view the webpage as I view in win xp (bigger)????

Macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 17" Hi Res LCD
  • Kenneth Gorelick Level 3 Level 3 (590 points)
    If you are in Leopard, go to the black apple on the top left (if Tiger, go to the Blue apple in the same spot) and click on System Preferences. Once that opens, go to Displays. In the Display window, click on Resolutions, and select the resolution you want.

    If you don't like that Windows-like approach, you can also magnify the entire screen by going back to system preferences and clicking on Universal Access. There, in the "Seeing" window turn zoom on, go to options and make your choices. Then you can hit option-command + to increase magnification and option-command - (minus) to reduce magnification.
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,690 points)
    Your options are View menu > Make Text Bigger, Safari menu > Preferences > Advanced tab > Never use fonts smaller than (pick something like 12 points), or changing the display resolution in System Preferences > Displays (which will cause some fuzziness).
  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,870 points)
    patelone wrote:
    I just got a new MBP 17" HiRes LCD but everything on my LCD looks so small in Safari compared to my firefox browser in windows xp.


    Another option is to download Firefox for Mac and set it up the way you did on Windows.

    Is your MacBook Pro higher resolution than your Windows XP machine? If so, there will only be a limited number of options, most of them already suggested in this thread. One thing you should know is that there is no "Large Fonts" option in the OS like there is in Windows. Kenneth Gorelick called resolution changing a "Windows-like approach," which is a puzzling thing to say because the Mac currently has fewer tools for addressing this problem than Windows does.
  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (12,205 points)
    ... click on Resolutions, and select the resolution you want.

    Beware that setting an LCD screen to anything but its native resolution (the highest available) will result in some degree of blurryness, unless the chosen resolution is an exact multiple of the native.

    This is an ever more prevalent problem for those of us with diminished sight, since the push is to make screens with ever higher resolutions, without increasing their size, resulting in smaller and harder to see pixels. Good thing that there is also a switch to LED illumination, much brighter than CCFL and less tiring to the eyes.