How to Make Your Mac Screen Smaller

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Are you finding your Mac screen too large and looking for ways to make it smaller? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

It can be helpful to shrink your Mac’s display if you need to fit more on the screen or if the text and images appear too small. Fortunately, Macs make it easy to adjust the size of your display. Here’s how:

1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Displays in the sidebar. (You may need to scroll down.)

2. Select your display on the right, click the pop-up menu next to Resolution, choose Scaled, then select the resolution you want to use.

3. You can also use a three-finger keyboard shortcut: Option + Command + Minus sign (-). Keep pressing it until you reach the desired screen size.

4. If your mouse or trackpad supports it, you can turn on “Smart zoom” in Mouse or Trackpad settings and zoom using a simple gesture: double-tap on the mouse with one finger or on the trackpad with two fingers. You can set additional options for using Zoom, such as whether to zoom the whole screen or a part of it.

And that’s all there is to shrink your Mac display! As you can see, making your Mac screen smaller is a breeze – just follow these simple steps and you’ll be done in no time!

Reducing the Size of a Mac Screen

To reduce the size of your Mac screen, you can adjust the resolution. To do this, open System Preferences from the Apple menu, then click Displays in the sidebar. Select your display on the right and click the pop-up menu next to Resolution. Choose Scaled, then select a lower resolution from the list. This will reduce the size of objects displayed on your screen while maintaining their clarity.

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Enlarged Mac Screen: Causes and Solutions

It is possible that your Mac screen has been enlarged due to a setting change. To check this, go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Displays. Here you can choose between Default for display or Scaled. If you have selected Scaled, you can then pick a Display Resolution that fits your preferences. If the resolution is set too high, it will cause the screen to be enlarged. You can adjust this setting by selecting a lower resolution and then clicking Apply.

Unzooming the Screen on a Mac

To unzoom the whole screen on a Mac, press and hold the Option key, then press and hold the Command key, and then press the Minus (-) sign. This will reduce the size of everything on the screen by one ‘zoom level’, making it easier to read text or see more of a window at once.

Reducing the Size of the Screen Display

To reduce the size of your screen display, you can adjust the resolution of your monitor. The resolution you choose will affect how much information is displayed on the screen at once. To change the resolution, open the Display Settings menu in your computer’s Control Panel. From here, select a lower resolution to reduce the size of items on your screen. You may also need to adjust other settings such as brightness and contrast to ensure that everything is still visible and legible. Once you are happy with the new settings, click ‘Apply’ and then ‘OK’ to save them. Your display should now be smaller.

Reducing an Enlarged Window on a Mac

If you need to reduce an enlarged window on a Mac, you can do so by moving your cursor to any side of the window, such as the top, bottom, left, or right. As it nears the edge of the window, it will change to a double-ended arrow. Once you see this double-ended arrow, click and drag until the window is at your desired size. You can also use the green button in the top-left corner of the window to resize it. Hovering over this button will show three options: Zoom (which will enlarge or reduce the window depending on its current size), Maximize (which will expand it to full screen), and Minimize (which will shrink it down to its minimum size).

Unzooming a Computer Screen

To unzoom your computer screen, hold down the “Control” key and press the number zero key on your keyboard. This will reset your screen to its default zoom level. You can also adjust the zoom level manually by using the “+” and “-” keys while holding down the “Control” key. If you are using a laptop, these keys may be labeled with a magnifying glass icon instead of numbers. Additionally, many browsers allow you to access their zoom settings through the menu bar at the top of your screen.

Resizing the Zoom Window on a Mac

To resize the zoom window on a Mac, you can use the keyboard shortcut Control (^) + Option (Alt ?) + Command (?) + arrow keys. To enable this shortcut, open the Zoom app, click on the “Preferences” tab, and then check the box next to “Enable keyboard shortcuts to adjust the Zoom window”. Once enabled, you can use the keyboard shortcut to resize your zoom window in any direction.

Understanding Why Your Mac Screen Zoomed In

There are a few reasons why your Mac screen may have zoomed in. It could be because you accidentally pressed the Command-Option-8 key combination, or if you have a magic mouse, you may have zoomed in by accident with one finger and two taps. It could also be because of Accessibility settings, which can cause the screen to automatically zoom in. To fix this, press Command-Option-8 to turn off zooming, or if using a magic mouse, do one finger two taps again to make it normal.

Unzooming a Mac Screen Using a Mouse

To unzoom your Mac screen with a mouse, press and hold the [Ctrl] key on your keyboard, then scroll down with your mouse. This will reduce the zoom level of the screen and make everything appear smaller. If you need to zoom in again, press and hold the [Ctrl] key and scroll up with your mouse.


In conclusion, Mac users have a few options for making their screens smaller. This includes changing the resolution in System Preferences > Displays, pressing the Option, Command, and Minus sign (-) keys together, or enabling Smart Zoom in Mouse or Trackpad settings. Each of these methods allows Mac users to customize their display size to better suit their needs.

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James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.