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How to reset the screen on a macbook pro

Updated June 05, 2017

The MacBook Pro does not include a mechanism for resetting the screen settings, but the operating system does include a way for you to restore the display to its default settings. Mac OS X manages the display through two interfaces -- one for colour and the other for the screen resolution. To properly reset the display to its default settings, adjust the settings for both the colour and resolution.

Click the Apple icon in the top left of the menu bar and select "System Preferences."

Click "Displays" in the Hardware row of the System Preferences window.

Click "Color" and click "Calibrate."

Click "Continue" in each new page of the Display Calibrator Assistant to enable the default settings for your MacBook Pro. Click "Done" to finalise the default colour calibration.

Click the Apple icon in the top left of the menu bar and select "System Preferences."

Click "Displays" in the Hardware row of the System Preferences window.

Click the default resolution in the "Resolutions" menu. The default resolution for your MacBook Pro depends on your laptop's screen size: 1280 by 800 pixels for a 13-inch MacBook; 1440 by 900 for a 15-inch MacBook; and 1680 by 1050 for a 17-inch MacBook.

Close the System Preferences window to finalise the changes.

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Travis Meyer is a co-editor at Poor Claudia and Pocket Notes. Also a front-end web developer, he specializes in server-side content management systems, web-based business solutions and graphic design.