Dell u2913WM Setup 2

The OnScreen Display Settings are accessed by touching the touch sensitive button next to the Power button.

There are just a few places to change in the default settings, circled below in red. They are basically the same for the DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort. The only differences I found are that for the Mini DisplayPort connected to the iMac the Sharpness was better at 50% and the Input Source in Color Settings works better with RGB (while the DisplayPort, connected to the MacBookPro, prefers YPbPr).

As noted above, 0 sharpness for the MacBookPro connected DisplayPort connection.

The two shortcut keys provide quick access to specific settings. As I most often just want to switch between my two computers, I set them up like this.

The two shortcut keys now show the connection icons for the DisplayPorts.

Last Page, the final results

15 thoughts on “Dell u2913WM Setup 2

  1. hi,

    would can we do about the Display Manager software. They don’t have it for Mac. Would be nice to have it as it let’s your split the screen in different sections plus adjusting other things.
    i’ve called Dell and they don’t have it for Mac. I don’t understand why is that. You have the setup color options for Mac in the OSD menu but no the software…

    Thanks for the pictures up here

  2. Hi Alex,

    You are right. I just tried the PBP (Picture-By-Pictue?) settings and they don’t work well. You can select that option but the display on the left just looks squashed horizontally. (It is not possible to spilt the display between display ports – only HDMI+DisplayPort, etc. ) I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for Mac software. (It’s ironic that this is one of the few displays with two DisplayPorts making it very suitable for sharing Macs but they don’t offer Mac software…) Still the display itself is good and I think it was worth the money.


  3. Dear Alex,
    Thanks for posting such a considered and informed guide for Apple users with a Dell U2913WM. The monitor would de collecting dust if it had not been for your posting. Much obliged.
    Jeff Thom

  4. Hi Alex,

    Thanks so much for your setup guide – this has been very helpful! I have setup the monitor with my retina MBP and have set the sharpness settings to ‘0’ as suggested. However, text on the screen still is a little pixelated and not nearly as nice as it is when my wife’s MBA is connected (with ’60’ as settings). Have you found a way to tweak this setting further? I pretty much only do text, so it’s a little frustrating at this time.

    Once again – thanks for your guide, it really helped! I was one of the many who got the wrong display port and googled in frustration…

  5. Hi….very good article and very helpful.I have the same set-up except my MB Pro is not the retina screen.I was disappointed in the display until I changed the display settings to ‘best for display’…….wow!!!! blew me away!!! Very happy now…..haven’t opened my MB Pro lid since.

  6. Hi Marcus,

    It might depend on the version but on my Mac ( Mac OS X 10.7.5) it is set using System Preferences -> Dock. Is that what you mean?


    If you mean the icons showing the display port connections, it is by pressing the small touch sensitive button next to the Power button on the bottom right of the display.


  7. Great assistance. Thank you so much for documenting this for other Mac users.

    Following these I was able to produce pretty good results which I can live with. After being pleased with the results I ended up putting my computer to sleep for the night. This morning when I woke it up the monitor will not come on. The MBP knows it is there but the monitor stays in power save mode irrespective. It always shows “Entering Power Save Mode” when I turn the power off and on. I can use it with DVI-D at the lower resolution but the Displayport connection doesn’t “wake it up.” Is there a driver/calibration file or something I need to add?

  8. Update: I had changed the settings as documented above but I went back and removed the change from Enabled to Disabled for the DisplayPort 1.2 option. The monitor is working again at its maximum resolution and waking up when the computer dims/turns off the displays.

  9. Hi,

    I just buyed this monitor to use with my Imac.

    I found these infos very interesting and useful but I changed display settings from YPbPr to RGB on my OSX (10.9) with a little script (founded on the net) to force my IMac to use RGB and using 50 as Sharpness.

    With this RGB setting I have better details and very good color..

  10. Hi,

    Thank you for the input. I am sure many people will find it helpful. I think RGB and 50% for sharpness seems to be the most appropriate setting. I’ll upgrade to 10.9 and see if I can do the same. Where is this script you mentioned? and I wonder why it is necessary.

  11. Hi
    Thanks for the great and clear explanations on the configurations for this monitor!
    I had the same problem as Amyn and switched from Enabled to Disabled for the DisplayPort 1.2 option. Just connected with the DVI-D input to reset to factory settings.

    About the RGB colors for the monitor I found this other thread on the issue here:
    With the link to a very helpful Ruby script here:

    I haven’t been able to get this to work yet, but maybe some of you are better at this than I am… I’ll be glad to hear if anyone succeeds!

  12. Brilliant instructions, thank you – I bought this monitor and couldn’t get the DVI to work but now have it working at 2560×1080 with my 2009 macbook pro (10.6.8) via the minidisplay cable that the monitor is shipped with. The key thing was working out how to manually switch the input (default was set to DVI – which is why it didn’t recognise the minidisplay port).

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