How to Find Your Mac’s Screen Resolution

How to Find Your Mac’s Screen Resolution

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The resolution (in pixels by pixels) of your Mac’s display determines how much information you can fit on screen and how sharp the image is, so it’s important to know. If you run a full-screen game or application at native resolution, the image will look its best, so here’s how to find out what it is.

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First, click the Apple icon in the upper-left corner of the screen, and select “About This Mac.”

Click on About this Mac in the Apple Menu

In the window that pops up, click the “Displays” tab.

In "About This Mac," click the "Displays" tab.

On the next screen, you will see information about the display (or displays) you have built-in or attached to your Mac.

The screen resolution is the set of numbers listed in parenthesis just after the size of the display. For example, the listing here says “27-Inch (2560 x 1440)” which means that the Mac in this image has a 27-inch display with a 2560 x 1140 pixel resolution.

(Note that “About This Mac” always show the native (ideal) resolution of the display regardless of the resolution settings in System Preferences.)

In the "About This Mac" Displays tab, you will see the resolution of your monitor on Mac.

If you have more than one display attached to your Mac, you will see all of them in this window. Here’s an example. With an external display, you’ll find its native resolution listed just under its name.

In the "About This Mac" Displays tab, you will see the resolution of your multiple monitors on Mac.

Now that you know your display’s native resolution, you can use it to run games at the best possible quality, find desktop wallpapers that fit your screen exactly, and more.

If you need to adjust your resolution settings, About This Mac makes it easy. Just click the “Displays Preferences” button in this window, and you’ll be taken directly to “System Preferences” where you can tweak your display settings to fit your needs.

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Lucila is a freelance writer and lifelong learner with an ongoing curiosity to study new things. She enjoys checking out the latest grammar books and writing about video games more than anything else. If she's not running through Colorado’s breathtaking landscape, she's indoors hidden away in her cozy game room trolling noobs and leveling up an RPG character. She is a Final Fantasy IX apologist (although she loves them all… except XV), coffee aficionado, and a bit of a health nut. Lucila graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing.

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