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If you'd rather not install Xcode...
Authored by: dilvish1984 on Apr 21, '11 12:02:34PM

In case anyone missed it, the other hint cited above mentions that you can access the same functionality without a full Xcode installation by using the "defaults" command:

defaults write -g AppleDisplayScaleFactor -float 1.25

By the way, you can also adjust this hidden parameter (and many, many others) by downloading and installing BlackTree's Secrets (system preferences pane) (no affiliation, I just think it's a great tool...) and using it to adjust the hidden System preference "Global User Interface Scale Multiplier" (in the "Appearance" section). (Be sure to read the associated warnings as any value other than 1 for this setting is not really very well tolerated by the system and/or various applications.)

Edited on Apr 21, '11 12:09:02PM by dilvish1984

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Re: If you'd rather not install Xcode...
Authored by: Uncle Asad on Apr 21, '11 02:31:29PM

…And if you replace -g with the app's bundle identifier, e.g.,, then you only affect the given app:

defaults write AppleDisplayScaleFactor -float 1.25

defaults delete AppleDisplayScaleFactor (again, replace with -g if you used -g when setting the scale factor) will of course reset the scale factor to normal.

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