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SwitchResX gives you unparalleled control over your monitor's resolution.

Resolution Management

Whether you prefer to use the menu bar or nested contextual menus, SwitchResX gives you constant, simplified access to the resolution management options you need.

Controls include:
  • Monitor Resolution
  • Color Depth
  • Video Mirroring
  • Display Rotation
  • Display Overscan
Bountiful Features
  • Save your desktop layout, locking and maintaining icon and window positions for all of your open applications every time you start up more...

What's New

Version 4.4.0:
  • Added support for Colorsync profiles: changing profiles works from the SwitchResX menus, and is now recordable via AppleScript too.
  • On Mavericks, when the menu bar is on multiple monitors, can optionally show the clicked monitor's settings only.
  • On Mavericks, changed the way scaled resolutions are saved on disk: this allows to create new HiDPI resolutions on some more...


OS X 10.6 or later

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Dedalus271 Member IconReview+20

Mavericks 10.9.4, MBProRetina and it works everything. Even with DisplayPad, a small app to use an iPad as second display.

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Version 4.4.0
Laura_a721f8cc Member IconReview+0

I LOVE this app! I'm on a non-retina MacBook Pro 13 (late 2012 model), and I was constantly getting stressed over not enough screen real estate. Especially on web sites where I couldn't scroll to where I needed to go. Or even the AirMail app, where I couldn't make the right email viewing panel wide enough to see the whole width of an email. But now all this is fixed! Of course it isn't as crisp as the retina display MPBs, but it will work for now.!

I also want to thank the developer, Stephane, for helping me get this working. He really went above and beyond — emailing back and forth many times — on a Saturday — until we could figure it out. The problem what that I didn't realize I needed to select "scaled" for my custom resolutions. The custom resolutions I now am using are: 1360x850 (+1/16th), 1440x900 (+1/8th) and 1600*1000 (+1/4). When I now look at the original resolution of 1280x800, I doubt I'll ever go back to that. I'm really happy with the 1440x900.


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Version 4.4.0
Duncan Adams Member IconReview+15
Duncan Adams

Be vary carful . Do research . It may work for some .. but for me it was a failure .
Mac Book Pro I7 Processor Ram 8 gig . OSX Lion
Found this out after the fact and much research .
Then used the notes I found from Stephane on a web search . On searching for SwithRes files and deleting them. Well that does not work either .
When I used thunderbolt for external display .
THe MBP display went to about 5 in by 5 in in size with default rez.
I could read it but it made it ineffective to use with demo / projector ....
Tried everything I could think of sent her an Email but did not wait to see if I get response . I have to get it fixed .
Had to wipe the drive ... reload with Lion and I will migrated an old back up taken PRIOR to the poison that Switch Res X has put into the MBP .

Needless to say I have killed several hours of my life with this .

Thankfully it was a 10 day trial and I don't have the hassle of getting a refund ... thank you for that Stephane.

If this works for other people great ... to me this was like a one night sand with a venereal disease . It just would not go away unless I purified the machine .

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Version 4.4.0
Hokusai Member IconReview+1

Excellent program, does what it does well. Running it under Mountain Lion (no Mavericks on my Macbook yet). Bought it to disable a display when it wasn't in use anymore and it does that perfectly.

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Version 4.3.6
MikeU9139 Member IconComment-10


I tried to get this application to work on OSX MAVERICKS for a week and a half, until the Author writes me an e-mail telling me that IT DOESNT WORK ON MAVERICKS! I wasted two weeks trying to get this piece of garbage to work!!

The guy who wrote it Stephane, still sells it to people knowing it DOESNT WORK ON MAVERICKS, I am threatening to take him to the better business bureau.


To the Author, You suck!

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Version 4.3.6
Stephane Madrau (Developer)

I haven't seen this until today. Let me just reply to it...

Mike wanted a specific feature that MacOS X Mavericks didn't support on his hardware. We worked together for some several days until he finally told me what hardware he was using. Then it was clear that this feature wouldn't work for him on this hardware.
All that leads him to send me some hasty mail, and probably this review too.

I refunded him on this exact same day, when it was clear the program wouldn't work the way he wanted - probably some minutes after he posted this review

He apologized the next day for the mails. Sadly, the review remains...

piquadratpi2 Member IconReview+112

This is a very useful small program which helps me configuring and testing my monitors since many years. Ok, compared with some UI's on the market it is not up to date, but it works and it works very good. And the developer helps always to solve problems and adapts SRX to every new system without any update fee. Therefore I thank him very much...

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Version 4.3.6
Thoby Member IconReview+0

Horribly confusing UI and buggy as well - no thanks

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Version 4.3.5

I wholeheartedly agree the UI is a disaster zone, but it's the only software on the Mac that does what it does reliably. When you finally figure out how to set it up it does work...


Yes, I partially agree on this with you that's why I bought it. It does work once you figure out how but it doesn't work reliably. When setting up Display Sets, it often doesn't accept a selected set and I'm stuck with two disabled monitors.

Tsehov Member IconReview+27

Excellent piece of software! I just purchased SwitchResX to manage my MBP's and external display's features. This software is better than I could imagine in my use.

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Version 4.3.4
Afcgbbob Member IconComment+167

OK, I took back all I said about Unsanity and any connection to SwitchResX but I found a few thing the author of SRX that you may not be aware of. Although you say you have nothing to do with APE, in fact APE has something to do with you. I was once again doing a search with EasyFind (An excellent search app that can just about can find files inside apps and invisible files. I found APE on any drive or partition that had a system on it.

In doing the search I found that it had attached itself to some components onto SRX down to the framework level. Did you have any idea it was doing that? I found this on any of my system drives or partition. Ape was being put every where especially areas that required Adm password to do it. Now how can they get pass that with out it being illegal by Apple terms and use agreement. As I said it attached itself to SRX, Office, and Photoshop. Who gives Unsanity the right to attach themselves to application without ADM permissions? There are many privacy issues being broken here and everyone is looking the opposite way. Then there is the question of why do they bury their SW so deep into the hierarchy of your Mac. As I said, I found a great deal of pieces of APE over 10 folders deep! Now why would do that unless they do not want the files to be found. Again, an invasion of our privacy and I found this elsewhere on other system drives I only use in an emergency. APE is breaking every rule in the book and I am going to call apple again to let them know after uninstalling it reinstalled again and much more than I imagined. If they can do this with APE then what are they placing into your drive when you install one of their Haxies. They could be spying on you right now. If you do have APE on your drive, do a search with a GOOD searcher because SpotLight will not find everything. I have tried many search engines and EasyFind is the best one I have used. Then watch as you go into shock when you see where it placed itself. Mr Madrau do a search and you will see for yourself how it connected itself to your SW. Ape is like a terminal disease where if you think you have all the pieces gone, somewhere there is still one very small not being picked up and will use it to reconstruct APE. All I can say is Buyer Beware when you do buy any Unsanity software. If you have any run a search for your self and see where the parts are located. You may be in for a surprise.

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Version 4.3.4
Afcgbbob Member IconReview+167

Over all this a useful program but it does have some cravats. One is if you choose a wrong resolution the screen will go black and hitting the reset keys have no effect on it and to solve it I would have to open another partition and manually yank it from the pref pane folder. Going into safe mode would not help. The only other this and this one I despise is how it install software without asking or letting the user know about it. It totally by passes all administrator protocols and installs it. The program I speak of is APE. The only reason I use SR is because I have a PPC 2.7 dual processor G5 and I will not be updating any more. I know I have made a point about Haxies and how they can cause a meltdown of your operating system and I still live by that. For every program they make there is a stand alone program that can do the same thing without putting hooks into the system. I do not know of any company that installs programs that put hooks into the system folder and get by the privilege protocols. Unsanity is violating your Mac and Apple rules when they do that. I realize that there are many people out there who swear by their stuff and if you do, fine. However, do you want a company violating Mac protocols and installing software behind your back. To me that is highly illegal. This why I am saying it here and not to down SR. SR is a good program as long as the updates come out before any system updates. I a system update does come out, I strongly recommend you wait for the updates on any Haxie program you are using or the upgrade may crap out on you. I know that by personal experience. They do not follow Apple Code when they place the hooks into the system folder and that is why your system my not work right because it is not compatible with those hooks. Now I know that I will get negative points because I speak the truth as a Professional Reviewer but, those bottom feeders can take their head and put it where the sun don't shine. Some people cannot handle the truth. End of Line

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Version 4.3.4

Well I Run a PPC Mac and APE was installed on my Mac without my permission and I reported it to Apple HQ. Then when I ran a search on APE with EasyFind I discovered the software the put on my Mac was 10 layers deep into my root Library. Now why would any software company put anything so deeply into my Framework folder. No other company does that. Also to put anything like that into the Framework folder requires Adm Authorization and somehow it got by that protocol. That is totally illegal by Apple rules. I talked to Apple HQ and they are going to start a full investigation on Unsanity and I hope they put them out of business. You people do not want to know how many people had their Macs trashed by their SW.

Ok I retract what I said about SRX being connected to Unsanity. But can someone please tell me why APE was installed right after I installed it and why it had to place items for it 10 folders deep in library/framework without getting Adm Permissions. When i tried to uninstalled these parts I had to give ADM Permissions every time. So please explain how they got away with it please. Thank You

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Downloads 161,503
Version Downloads 44,654
Type Utilities / System
License Shareware
Date 16 Mar 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $19.50
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