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Displays

Displays is the center of operations for all your monitor settings. Here, you set your monitor’s resolution, determine how many colors are displayed onscreen, and calibrate color balance and brightness.

Tip

On a laptop, you can open up this panel with a quick keystroke from anywhere on the Mac. Just press Option as you tap one of the screen-brightness keys (F1 or F2) on the top row of your keyboard.

The specific controls you’ll see here depend on the kind of monitor you’re using, but here are the ones you’ll most likely see:

Display Tab

This tab is the main headquarters for your screen controls. It governs these settings:

  • Resolutions. All Mac screens today can make the screen picture larger or smaller, thus accommodating different kinds of work. You perform this magnification or reduction by switching among different resolutions (measurements of the number of dots that compose the screen). The Resolutions list displays the various resolution settings your monitor can accommodate: 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, and so on (Figure 9-9).


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