Forum Question: How To Keep a “Scaled” Display Resolution Setting?

OSX 10.13.4 Mac Pro late 2013 8-Core Intel Xenon E5
LG Ultra Fine 5120×2880 5k Monitor
In System Preferences, I set the Display resolution to 1920×1080 (using the Scaled settings ) so I can read everything better. But every time I shut down or reboot, my display resolution resets to the Default setting of 2560×1440. How can I keep (“LOCK”) the Scaled 1920×1080, so I don’t have to reset the Scaled resolution every time I fire-up my Mac Pro.
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William (Bill) Trussell

Comments: 2 Responses to “How To Keep a “Scaled” Display Resolution Setting?”

    5/5/18 @ 12:07 pm

    It should do that automatically. I’m not sure why it isn’t working for you. Perhaps try using a third-party extension to set the display resolution. I’ve been using SwitchResX for years. It is how I get to record my videos at 1920×1080 despite that not being an option on my screen.

    Of course I rarely shut down or reboot. So maybe I’m experiencing the same thing but because I never reboot, I don’t notice the inconvenience of adjusting the screen resolution. But I must have had a restart or two for installs or development-related crashes. And I don’t remember the last time I had to touch the display resolution on the account that is set to 1920×1080.

    Bill Trussell
    5/10/18 @ 12:23 pm

    Gary, through trials I found the solution is to put my Mac into “Sleep”mode NOT “Shut Down”. Using the Energy Saver-Schedule settings I now set it to Sleep at 12 midnight and Awake at 6 AM. Also, after 1 hour of inactivity, it goes into Sleep. A Space bar tap, reactivates it.
    “Shut Down” was the culprit. When selected, once work was completed, the Display resolution would reset to the Default setting of 2560×1440.
    If I will not use my Mac for several days then I use “Shut down”.

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