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Menu item to change display modes in Mountain Lion System 10.8
If you are missing the menu bar item that lets you change the display modes in Mountain Lion, there's an app for that.

Display Menu is free from the Mac App Store, and it seems to work. I really don't understand why Apple removed the menu bar item in the first place...
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Menu item to change display modes in Mountain Lion
Authored by: strike3 on Sep 13, '12 07:26:37PM

If you still have a Lion disk floating around, the Displays menulet from 10.7 works just fine in Mountain Lion. Just copy it over from /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/ to the same location in 10.8 and double click it to launch.

You may have to rename it to avoid conflicting with the 10.8 version which is used for AirPlay (and which will never show up if your Mac isn't of recent enough vintage).



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Menu item to change display modes in Mountain Lion
Authored by: interlard on Sep 13, '12 08:57:29PM

I just noticed it was missing after upgrading to 10.8 the other day. I'm always plugging into TVs and projectors at work so this menu item is one of my most used. To me, its disappearance is just one symptom of Apple's decline after Steve. Broken Exposť, broken Finder Zoom Window, broken Save As, broken Mail, broken skeuomorphism, broken public transit directions on iOS 6; the list goes on.

I think this might be the best tip on this whole site. I just plugged in my laptop backup disk and pulled out the Displays.menu file. Thank you strike3!



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Menu item to change display modes in Mountain Lion
Authored by: astack on Sep 14, '12 05:10:30PM
It's not just that Steve Jobs died. It's also that the guy who was Senior Vice President of Software Engineering since 1997 retired in 2011 (Bertrand Serlet). Now, there is no Senior Vice President for Software Engineering. It's all in this article. The guy exaggerates about OS X's imminent demise, but he makes some interesting points. It really doesn't look like Apple is interested in general purpose computing any more.

I've been using Apple products since 1997, and frankly I'm absolutely appalled at the software coming out of Apple these days. It's not just quality, that too, but repeated utterly bone-headed design decisions like the one this hint corrects. Somehow whoever is calling the shots in OS X development now that Serlet has retired has convinced everyone that methods for computer interaction that have worked for decades in some cases are no longer useful. What are these people thinking?!?

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Menu item to change display modes in Mountain Lion
Authored by: WadeHM on Sep 15, '12 01:56:05PM

Absolutely cannot believe that Apple made such another poor decision. This is a great find and have got back that function that I miss so much, especially considering the fact I use second monitors every day as well as my TV with my MacBook Pro.



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Menu item to change display modes in Mountain Lion
Authored by: adrianm on Sep 17, '12 03:31:01PM
I suppose this has now been replaced with the AirPlay Mirroring menu.

"Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available."

I have a couple of AirPlay destinations and have this in the menu bar. It doesn't give direct access to different resolutions, but it is only a couple of clicks away and can be set to do the right thing when mirroring.

Not ideal for everyone, I know.

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Menu item to change display modes in Mountain Lion
Authored by: thoJo on Sep 21, '12 06:19:47AM

you can choose:
Preferences > Display > Scaled > .....

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5369?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US



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