How Do You Cope With High-Resolution Screens?

How Do You Cope With High-Resolution Screens?

High-resolution screens, like those you’ll find on netbooks and the new MacBook Airs, provide you with more screen real estate but can also be a strain on your eyes. How do you cope with high resolutions in small screens?

Personally, I have no trouble reading on high resolution screens and prefer the extra space they provide, but I run into more and more people who find these new screen resolutions a deal breaker when it comes to purchasing a new display, laptop or netbook. Companies are trying to pack more and more pixels into displays without necessarily increasing the size. Without resolution independence in the operating systems (a feature Apple planned to release in Mac OS X 10.5 but ditched and has yet to resurface), lowering the resolution just doesn’t cut it. What tips and tricks do you have for seeing better on these high-resolution screens?


  • Increase the font DPI in your operating system. Get some browser extensions that aid in zooming, or automatically scale images to fill the page (when loaded by themselves). In Firefox, holding Control while using the scroll wheel will zoom in or out.

  • The easiest way to get around small fonts on OS X is just to hold down control and scroll to zoom the entire screen. You can also press ⌥⌘\ to switch antialiasing on and off whilst zoomed.

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