How to Change the Refresh Rate on a MacBook Pro

By Michael Batton Kaput

Whenever your computer displays video graphics, the machine's refresh rate plays a large part in how well those graphics display. Whether you are watching a movie or playing a game, a higher refresh rate means the computer redraws the graphics more frequently. A higher refresh rate thus means smoother playback. However, higher refresh rates also require better graphics hardware. Your MacBook Pro has a variety of refresh rate settings you can change by accessing the System Preferences menu.

Step 1

Click on the Apple logo at the top left-hand corner of your MacBook screen.

Step 2

Click "System Preferences."

Step 3

Click on the icon marked "Displays."

Step 4

Click on the box next to the option labeled "Refresh Rate."

Step 5

Click on one of the available refresh rates in the drop-down list that appears. Close the System Preferences window when you finish.