At the top, we can also "Register with Kagi" and purchase the application, and "Enter serial number"
However, we strongly discourage using the built-in interface to "Register with Kagi", as it does not work well. Instead, we have a separate tutorial on purchasing "SwitchResX", which can be found here on VisiHow. For now, we'll go over the other functions, and later we'll demonstrate how to enter a serial number after we've purchased.
We'll also see a pop-up window at the bottom left of the screen
This indicates, "This copy of SwitchResX is not registered. You can try it and use it for 10 days. After that, if you find it useful, please consider registering." It also gives us the option to enter a serial number by clicking on a link if we have a serial number.
From here, you will be able to follow the rest of our tutorials on what to do for each of the menu options
This concludes this tutorial on the basic options for the "SwitchResX Preferences". Please make sure to check out the rest of our tutorials, and ask us any questions, or leave any comments you may have in the section below.
Video: Use SwitchResX to Change Mac Display to HD SwitchResX Preferences
You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are continuing our instructional series on using the SwitchResX application on your Mac, running OS X Yosemite, to switch to true HD or other screen resolutions. In this tutorial, we are going to go over the "General Settings", which is the second option on the left-hand side menu. To learn how to open or access the "SwitchResX Preferences" panel, please view the first part of this series of tutorials, which will show you how to use and open it.
Finally, we can put monitors to sleep after disabling them
The last four options all deal with a secondary monitor. We will not be discussing how to use a secondary monitor in this tutorial; however, later we will demonstrate how to do that. Simply look into our tutorials on display sets, desktops and color LCDs.
This concludes this tutorial on setting up the "General Settings" for the SwitchResX preferences on a Mac running OS X Yosemite, so that you can change or enable screens and screen sizes and resolutions to get true HD
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This will open the "Display Sets" area on the right
This option allows us to add, remove or edit different Display Sets or us to switch and move between. This is particularly helpful when using a laptop and connecting it between different offices or different areas where we may have a number of external displays that are not the standard 16:10, which most Macs are. Instead, they may run on the more common 16:9.
This concludes our tutorial on creating, managing and editing Display Sets for the SwitchResX option, which allows us to change our Mac default screen from 16:10 to 16:9 or a number of other resolutions
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Video: Use SwitchRexX to Change Mac Display to HD Display Sets
You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are continuing our series on how to use the SwitchResX application to change, monitor, manage or otherwise modify the standard screen resolutions, allowing us to get 1280 x 720 p, or 1920 x 1080 p, or any other variation that's different than the 16:10 which comes standard on most Macs.
We can check or uncheck the option to "Monitor Applications" at the top
This allows us to select a particular application that will launch in a different resolution or in a different setting. This is particularly useful if we have an application that is launched by default, which we plan on creating a YouTube video for. In this case, it should be 720 p. However, it shouldn't be the standard 1152 x 720 p, which Mac uses. This will cause black lines to appear on the sides of the screen. Therefore, in order to create a true 720 p, which is 1280 x 720, we need to set the application up.
Also, "When this application requires a resolution change", we can choose to "Change the resolution", "Change the resolution but don't save desktop", "Don't let it change the resolution", or "Change only color settings" by selecting one of these options from the drop-down menu
This is important. For example, we may have a game setup that runs on one application, with one resolution, and we may have something else, such as a Microsoft Powerpoint presentation, that's set in another resolution. We may want to set them all up to automatically function.
This will open the "Firefox" window.The browser itself is not launched. We simply have the management window open. This will allow us to change the resolution to suit a particular setting when we open Firefox.
Video: Use SwitchResX to Change Mac Display to HD Applications
Setting up Menus
You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to set up and manage the menus and menu items used in SwitchResX to change the screen resolution on your Mac running OS X Yosemite.
Click on "Menus" in the "SwitchResX Preferences" window, and we'll see that our menus are all still functional
These can be changed or adjusted as much as we desire. Turning on and off certain options will enable or disable others. For example, plugging in another monitor will give us the option to choose "Main display" or "Video mirroring".
Video: Use SwitchResX to Change Mac Display to HD Setting up Menus
You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to set up the Desktop options for SwitchResX, so you can quickly and easily control desktop settings and make sure you keep menus, icons, and other things you may have set up and personalized on your system more or less the same way between different screens. This tutorial is for Mac OS X Yosemite, but it also works on on a number of other Mac versions.
Therefore, if we have that contextual menu set up at the top of the screen, we can simply click on the monitor icon and scroll down to the bottom of the pop-up menu to click on "SwitchResX Preferences"
Alternatively, we can create "Display Sets", which will give us a layout of displays
We may have a display on the left and a new display on the right, which is considered a set of two displays and how they are laid out. We also may have more than two displays, depending upon the setup.
If we have "assistive devices", it is important to note the message near the middle of the screen on the right side
They need to set up and "enabled in the System Preferences", or they will not work. The reason we mention this is that there are a number of people who use SwitchResX for Assistive Device Technology, particularly those who have visual impairments..
This concludes our tutorial on managing and controlling the "Desktop" options for the SwitchResX application on the Mac running OS X Yosemite
If you need additional help with SwitchResX, be sure to check out the rest of our great tutorials on this application. Otherwise, thanks for using VisiHow. Let us know your comments and suggestions in the area below.
Video: Use SwitchResX to Change Mac Display to HD Desktop Management
You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we're continuing our series on using the SwitchResX application to control or manage the display settings on your Mac, running OS X Yosemite. In this part, we're going to focus on the color LCD panels, which is the main part of the application. This is the most important set of functions.
The first thing that we need to understand is that the top option, "Display Information", tells us what's happening now
It gives us any custom settings for our vertical and horizontal frequency ranges, should we choose to check or enable them. It allows us to set up pixel blocking. As a general rule, unless you're an expert in this, we do not recommend changing this. It also shows us our current default resolution. Ours is 1280x720.
To change the resolution manually, we need to check the box next to "Default Resolution"
Again, unless you're an expert, we do not recommend doing this. Part of the reason we don't recommend doing this is that if we set up a resolution or frequency range that is not supported by the product (which is the current Apple color LCD, "Vendor: App-610", "Product: A020", in this case. Your product number might be different on a different Mac), we'll get a black screen, and we'll need to go into the system settings holding down the option key, and it's not easy to fix it. If you're just trying to set this up to play a game or make a YouTube video, we're going to recommend that you don't modify these settings.
We can click the eye at the bottom to bring up more options
It allows us to quickly change things. Our currently active display is 2560x1600. This is the Mac retina display. It has all of our different options listed here, and at the bottom we can see that we've scaled it to 1280x720.
This is the list of resolutions that are scaled. Note: We do have the option to go to 3360x2100 if you want to have the smallest possible Mac screen and have really good eyes. Or, we can go all the way down to 640x480 if we have issues with vision and want to be able to see a really big screen.
Video: Use SwitchResX to Change Mac Display to HD Color LCD
Questions and Answers
Status custom res in switchResX not activated?
How to activate the custom resolution (2560x1440 HDPI). I have tried: Installed and activated a higher custom resolution without problem and is activated. This one isn't.. I think it was caused by: Don't know.
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