Embiggen your display

Change resolutions faster than a T-1000 changes shapes!

Resolutionator makes it simple to use any of your display's available resolutions. Need more space for a project? A quick click of a menu bar icon—or press of a keyboard shortcut—lets you easily switch to any available resolution. No more time-consuming trips through System Preferences.

Designed with retina displays in mind, Resolutionator may also bring additional capabilities to your non-retina display, but we can't guarantee that. So we suggest everyone try the demo before purchasing, to make sure Resolutionator works well with your display(s).

Switch via the menu bar

If you're a menu bar utility person, Resolutionator's pre-set for your preferences: It ships in menu bar mode, giving you quick mouse fling-and-click access to all your resolutions.

If you've got multiple displays, you can access all of them through the same menu, as seen in the screenshot. Contrast that with the Displays System Preferences panel method, which requires mousing to each display to change its resolution.

Pin often-used resolutions

Depending on your Mac's display(s), you may see tons of options in Resolutionator's menu, making it tricky to find the one you want. Hold down the Option key, though, and you can pin resolutions so that they always show at the top of the list:

The Option key also lets you unpin previously-pinned resolutions, as seen in the screenshot.

Switch via the keyboard

If you prefer the keyboard, assign a hot key of your choosing and switch resolutions via this handy pop-up panel:

It may appear you can only switch resolutions on one display, but fear not! Tap the left arrow to reveal all attached displays; you can then change the resolution on any of them from that same panel.

See even more pixels


Depending on your display, macOS may offer three to five resolution choices; these are the choices you'll see by default in Resolutionator. If that's not enough for you, though, Resolutionator can show all the resolutions your display reports it's capable of producing, as seen in the movie at right. Just tell Resolutionator to show non-retina and/or silly resolutions in its preferences, and you'll see—depending on your display's capabilities—many more available resolutions.

In particular, enabling silly resolutions will show some resolutions that are greater than the number of pixels on your display. How does this magic work? macOS itself handles the task, scaling everything down to achieve the chosen resolution. You may not need silly resolutions often, but they can be a great help when looking at a page layout on an 11" MacBook Air, for example.

“This is the best app ever. Everybody should buy at least 10 licenses!”
—Peter M. and Rob G., unbiased users

Resolutionator 2.4 requires macOS 10.9 Mavericks or newer. You can try it for free, and you'll find it's most useful on Macs that have an internal retina display. The release notes are an interesting read.

Why is Resolutionator so inexpensive? In order to do what it does, Resolutionator relies on a non-published programming interface within macOS. Changes to this interface may cause Resolutionator to fail. If that were to happen, we don't want you to feel like you haven't gotten your money's worth from our app. And at only $3, you can do that with a few hours' usage of the application.