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SwitchResX
SwitchResX
4.1
$16.00
PaidOne-Time Purchase
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SwitchResX overview

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

Resolution Management:
  • Monitor resolution
  • Color depth
  • Video mirroring
  • Display rotation
  • Display overscan
Features:
  • Save your desktop layout, locking and maintaining icon and window positions for all of your open applications every time you start up your Mac. SwitchResX lets you instantly restore your desktop even after resolution-altering events like connecting or disconnecting your external monitor.
  • Disable or deactivate a monitor without physically unplugging it, allowing you to use your MacBook in clamshell mode with an external monitor, keyboard and mouse
  • Link your monitor settings with system events: Key shortcuts, Apple Scripts, Application launches and more.
  • Take complete control over your display resolution: Advanced features let you create and enable new resolutions for your monitor, HDTV, Plasma or LCD screen or Video Projector.

What’s new in version 4.12.0

Updated on May 20 2022

  • Allows to display the resolutions in main menu with the different frequencies in submenus. Also allows to sort the resolutions hierarchically in the preferences application
  • Shows a full featured contextual menu with all options again, but separated from the Finder contextual menu, and shown with command key pressed on the Finder desktop
  • Changes the look for brightness and underscan sliders in the menus
  • Adds some properties to AppleScript dictionary when managing the DisplaySets
  • Solves an issue where settings from a Display Set couldn't be applied from AppleScript any more
  • Solves an issue where new created custom resolutions would not show in the list after reboot, on M1 Macs
  • Tries to be smarter when reading settings and matching displays for configuration with identical displays
  • Solves an issue where all displays would be noted having a notch if the first display has a notch (M1 Macs only, obviously)
  • Solves an issue when trying to get resolutions parameters on resolutions with similar frequencies
  • Solves an issue when the display number was added twice to the display name
  • Solves an issue where the brightness was not correctly set and not correctly recorded in AppleScript editor
  • Solves an issue where SwitchResX would save Finder icons positions before resolution changes, even if not asked, and this would lead to long response times on macOS 12+
View older SwitchResX updates

Information

License

Shareware

Size

6.9 MB

Downloads

231975

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • OS X 10.9.0 or later
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What customer like

Performance
Regular updates

What needs improvements

User Experience

SwitchResX qualities

Value
4.0
Ease of use
3.0
Features
4.0
Reliability
4.0
Customer support
3.0
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emekelburg
emekelburg
Sep 11 2021
4.11.2
0.0
Sep 11 2021
0.0
Version: 4.11.2
The main feature I bought this tool for is the creation of a custom resolutions for an ultrawide monitor. This feature however isn't available for M1 based Macs, rendering the tool utterly useless. When asking the company for a refund after purchase, they were confrontational and not accommodating at all. Bad customer service.
info-2883
info-2883
Jun 28 2021
4.11.1
0.0
Jun 28 2021
0.0
Version: 4.11.1
My Mac simply refuses to open it. :(
OhEssex
OhEssex
May 29 2021
4.11.1
0.0
May 29 2021
0.0
Version: 4.11.1
This app itself is OK, but when it comes to updates it's just awful - there is a Check For Updates button, but all it does is tell you an update is available. It doesn't offer any ability to self-update (like just about everything else) nor does it provide you with a link to get the update. I have to go to MacUpdate every time, find the app, go to their website, download it and manually install it again. I have mentioned it to the developer but he has no interest in improving this.
Jeff-H-
Jeff-H-
Mar 31 2021
4.11
3.0
Mar 31 2021
3.0
Version: 4.11
SwitchResX didn't really work for me. The extended resolutions worked perfectly but when I set the resolution higher than 1080 the cursor became VERY jumpy and sluggish, sometimes not responding until I moved it around the screen. At one point I plugged in a plg-n-play wireless mouse to test and see if it was my Magic Trackpad but it was present with the mouse as well. I reset the resolution to factory, restarted, and it seemed ok, at first, but the strange cursor behavior soon returned. I manually tracked down the pref panes and other parts (wasn't an uninstaller with the version I had, or I missed it), restarted my computer and everything was fine again. I really wanted SwitchResX to work but for me it didn't. Hate wasting money but maybe the developer will do more work on it and it may work for me in the future.
Rmilkmilkmilk
Rmilkmilkmilk
Jan 13 2021
4.10.1
5.0
Jan 13 2021
5.0
Version: 4.10.1
Lets me set resolution to what I want, not just what Monitors allows. Also, can save sets of resolutions for work, gaming, presentation/screen share. Only downside is that there isn't a wizard / simple interface for initial setup.
Luke-armstrong
Luke-armstrong
Sep 4 2020
4.10.1
5.0
Sep 4 2020
5.0
Version: 4.10.1
Absolutely superb app that facilitates so much more than the simplified dumbed-down options provided by Apple System Preferences. I had no idea, for example, that my late 2012 Mac Mini could support a 4k display—it now happily runs a 3840x2160 display (at 30Hz via MiniDP) and a 1920x1200 display (at 60Hz via HDMI). Every conceivable option is made available and it will also tame the troublesome MacBook Pro display when used in clamshell mode. I just wish I had discovered it earlier, it could have saved me many hours of frustrated testing and expensive upgrades. Very affordable too.
eikiemer
eikiemer
Jun 27 2020
4.10.0
5.0
Jun 27 2020
5.0
Version: 4.10.0
Been looking for software to disable my screens individually forf'inever! So glad I found this, works like a charm.
paulreuversnl
paulreuversnl
Mar 31 2020
4.9.1
5.0
Mar 31 2020
5.0
Version: 4.9.1
This app is a must-have for everyone who uses a Mac for KeyNote or PowerPoint presentations, as it fixes all problems that Apple has created with the introduction of Catalina. When connecting the Mac (or MacBook) to an HDMI projector, more often than not are the desired resolutions and refresh rates missing from Apple's Display preferences, caused by an incomplete interpretation of the projector's EDID information. SwitchResX fixes all that and allows you to select any possible screen mode that your device supports from a comprehensive (yet easy to use) user interface. As a bonus, the missing screen modes will appear in Apple's Display preferences like magic, as soon as you start SwitchResX. Many thanks for making this app available.
xchaoszox
xchaoszox
Feb 17 2020
4.9.1
1.0
Feb 17 2020
1.0
Version: 4.9.1
This isn’t safe at all I tried everything I went and followed every instruction on the page and I still can’t get rid of the goddamn black screen if I could leave less than a star I would don’t fall for this then they have the nerve to make you pay for it after the trial LOL that’s a joke if you were just gonna mess up people’s computers why even make a custom resolution
r-16
r-16
Nov 25 2019
4.9.1
5.0
Nov 25 2019
5.0
Version: 4.9.1
This software is absolutely great. I use it since over 7 years, and it allowed me even then to output from my old MacBook Full HD Frame Packed 3D images to a 3D beamer. It has incredibly many features. Moreover the developer, Stéphane Madrau, is extremely helpful and fast, if there is any problem. And if you ever bought a version, every update is free. As I said, I bought it over 7 years ago, and the update to the newest version that runs on the newest OSX versions, is still free! Unbelievable. So, I can recommend it completely, if you want to output via monitor settings a special format (like Full HD Frame Packing) that is not supported by default, but still possible by your hardware! Big thanks to Stéphane!
Michael Frankel
Michael Frankel
May 2 2019
4.8.2
0.0
May 2 2019
0.0
Version: 4.8.2
The Developer's website says 4.8.1 is the current version. Who posted this update on here?
Bioxy
Bioxy
Mar 26 2019
4.8.1
0.0
Mar 26 2019
0.0
Version: 4.8.1
Why does SwitchResX want to control Mail and Safari and access their documents? Mojave gave me the option of denying access, which I did. Very concerning such access was attempted or requested.
piquadratpi2
piquadratpi2
Sep 12 2018
4.7.2
5.0
Sep 12 2018
5.0
Version: 4.7.2
I use this great little software now for years and never was disappointed. I use it on an iMac and a MacBook Pro too and it works on the newest macOS and on older versions too. Easy to use, very fast and not expensive. And what is very important too: the support by the developer is very fast and helpful. A big thanks therefore...
mwbueno-1
mwbueno-1
Jul 11 2018
4.7.0
5.0
Jul 11 2018
5.0
Version: 4.7.0
I have tried many monitor resolution management apps and this app is the only app I have used that can give me a decent 5K (5120 X 2880) on my LG 43" monitor. which was built as a 4K monitor. In fact, it offers clear up to 7680 X 4320 @ 60Hz which does work but, it too small for this monitor. I am very happy and give it 5 stars.
jturko
jturko
Oct 17 2017
4.6.6
0.5
Oct 17 2017
0.5
Version: 4.6.6
This app is utter garbage. I was unable to correct the display for my external monitor, and now even after deleting the application my screens are overscanned and there I am unable to reverse this effect.
Wts
Wts
Aug 8 2017
4.6.6
5.0
Aug 8 2017
5.0
Version: 4.6.6
I have been using the current version is 4.6.6 for nearly two weeks. You certainly can rely on MacUpdate to keep us up to date. Never the less, i rate the app at plus 5. I use it to quickly change screen resolutions to match my different software needs especially when playing games that require full screen settings or only windowed screens.
Computerlarry
Computerlarry
Sep 12 2016
4.5.6
5.0
Sep 12 2016
5.0
Version: 4.5.6
I have a KVM switched monitor which I couldn't get the right resolution for in the Display preferences. I installed SwitchResX, and restarted, and the monitor attached to the KVM was recognized. I had a client who needed just one Application to be enlarged on the screen, and SwitchResX automatically switches settings whenever they start the app.
Aargl
Aargl
Oct 24 2015
4.5.1
0.0
Oct 24 2015
0.0
Version: 4.5.1
Latest version is 4.5.2.
carolusmagnus
carolusmagnus
Jun 26 2015
4.5.1
2.0
Jun 26 2015
2.0
Version: 4.5.1
i seem to be too dumb for the user interface. i want to create a custom resolution. however, i can't save or activate the new setting. why would you make this so complicated? just offer an "add/edit resolution" in the list of existing settings, and you're there. to only switch available resolutions, i can use the system settings (use option key to reveal hidden settings, btw). on a sidenote: a trial version is not "shareware". if you can test drive a car, it's also not becoming shareware. it's just a commercial product with a test period.
Kenbotwinick
Kenbotwinick
May 4 2015
4.5.0
0.0
May 4 2015
0.0
Version: 4.5.0
4.5 was released a year ago. http://www.madrau.com/srx_download/srx_download/history.php Why is it showing up in MacUpdate today? I've been seeing this a lot on many different apps. Weird.
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