Use This Quick Trick To Force Microsoft Word To Use Retina Display

Use This Quick Trick To Force Microsoft Word To Use Retina Display

Even though Apple’s Pages app is a pretty solid word processing tool, a lot of Mac users still love to use Microsoft Word. If you’re one of them, that’s cool, we won’t judge you. The biggest problem with using Word on a new MacBook Pro with Retina display is that it looks pretty ugly because it hasn’t been updated to take advantage of the Retina display yet.

The great news for Word fans is there’s a really easy work around that will force your Microsoft Word app to use your MacBook Pro’s Retina display, which makes the app look a lot better. All you got to do is follow these quick steps and you’ll be on the path to more Retina goodness.

  1.  Backup Word.
  2. Go to Applications folder via Finder, right click on Word, select “copy”
  3. Paste on your desktop
  4. Rename the Word on your Desktop to something.
  5. Move your copy with new name from the Desktop back into your Office Folder
  6. Right Click on original Word and select “Show Package Contents”
  7. Double Click Contents
  8. Right click on “Info.plist” and select “Open With >> TextEdit.app”
  9. Scroll down to the bottom of the File
  10. Paste the following before the last two lines <key>NSHighResolutionCapable</key> <string>True</string>
  11. Save the file and quit TextEdit
  12. Go back to your Office Folder and copy the original Word app again
  13. Paste it to your desktop again
  14. Trash the original Word app in your Office folder
  15. Move Word from your Desktop back into Office Folder
  16. Right click Word app, go to Get Info. Notice that “Open in Low Resolution” is no longer checked
  17. Open up Word
  18. Type something. Anything. Everything
  19. Minimize Word and the bring it back up
  20. Text should now be Retina
  21. Hit the ^ in the top right corner to Hide/Unhide toolbar and remaining glitches will be fixed

BOOM! Your screen look so beautiful now. Anyone daring enough to see if this trick will work with other apps as well? Let us know what you find.

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  • EpiRen

    This worked with PowerPoint as well… I’ll let you know if it works with Excel, too.

  • EpiRen

    No joy on Excel. Only makes the ribbon icons look good. The text in the cells is still fuzzy.

  • MacMan15

    I also got it to work with PowerPoint and Excel! Never knew office work could look so good!!! :D

  • MacMan15

    No joy on Excel. Only makes the ribbon icons look good. The text in the cells is still fuzzy.

    I have tried it on Excel and it has made the text clearer as well as the ribbon icons

  • Timothy Whiting

    MacMan15 How did you get it to work on Excel?

  • Romeyn Prescott

    “All you got to do…”

    Really?

  • dbhoosier

    I followed the steps but the retina view is only working sporadically. Anyone else having the issue? When I open Word, it is blurry still. Minimizing and then maiming doesn’t change it, although once hitting the green “maximize” button did. Closed the document, tried again, and no dice. Would love to get this working consistently.

  • Michael Kovach

    worked for me in ppt, excel and word. outlook already looked updated.

  • Clay Greenberg

    This didn’t work for me at all. When I got to the step of editing Info.plist, it wouldn’t let me, saying I don’t have permission to edit the file. I am on an admin account and Get Info lists “read and write” for the file. Any ideas?

  • BartJ

    Seems to work partially in Powerpoint. Text and ribbon are hires, but shapes are still blurry. Also, if you start the presentation text becomes low res again. Any fix for that?

  • GregNYR89

    This didn’t work for me at all. When I got to the step of editing Info.plist, it wouldn’t let me, saying I don’t have permission to edit the file. I am on an admin account and Get Info lists “read and write” for the file. Any ideas?

    1. Right click on the file and select “Get Info”.
    2. If you have “Administrators” with “read and write” then
    2b. Press “+” and add your User Name with read and write permissions.
    3. If you have “Your User Name” with “read and write” then
    3b. Press “+” and add “Administrators” with read and write permissions

    See if this will work.

  • msmith

    Thanks! This works great for me in MS-word, BUT for me, every document I open needs to be minimized and restored. Is this the case for everyone else?

  • Matt Barney

    I can get the Get Info screen to show Open in Low Resolution unticked, but when I open it and go through the next steps, it is blurry as normal. Anyone have any clues?

  • Novena Liu

    OMG~~it worked in OS X10.8.1 but didn’t work in 10.8.2!!why??

  • macuser25

    how to make this work for power point? thanks

  • shyking_82

    Download and install the latest update from microsoft website because Office apps are not synced with the latest Microsoft Office 2011 Update – 14.2.5. (I don’t know why and it rly sucks!)

  • Phenomeinz

    i did this and the “open in Low Resolution” box is un-ticked but the application is still in Low Resolution and not Retina. Any ideas? i followed every step carefully.

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