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Title: What screen resolution do you use?
Post by: spiros on 13 Apr, 2005, 00:52:30
Why this poll?
It is interesting to see why people prefer a certain type of resolution. Personally I prefer 800 x 600 as I want the text, icons, etc to be BIG when I work.

How do I change screen resolution?
1. Right-click on the desktop and then left click on Properties from the menu that appears.
2. The display properties dialogue box will appear, click on the settings tab at the top right of the box. 
3. This slide bar is what you use to change the resolution, the options you have will depend on your graphics card and monitor, but the standard options are 800x600, 1024x768 and 1280x1024.
4. After clicking Apply your screen will resize to the new resolution and you will be presented with a confirm dialogue box , if you are happy with the way your screen looks then simply click Yes, if you would like to try a different resolution click No.
5. When you have finished simply close the Display properties box.

Test a site in different screen resolutions

This is an interesting way to see how you would view a site in different resolutions.

What is screen resolution anyway?
The display resolution of a digital television or computer display is the number of pixels (or maximal image resolution) that can be displayed on the screen, usually given as a product of the number of columns (horizontal, "X") is always stated first and the number or rows (vertical, "Y") make up the aspect ratio.

For analog TV sets, the horizontal resolution is related to the bandwidth of the luminance signal, and is stated in "lines", as the largest number of alternating vertical black and white stripes that can be displayed across the width of the picture without them merging together. Sometimes, the lines are counted across a width equal to the height of the picture, rather than across the full width of the picture. This gives rise to two different measures of horizontal resolution, which can lead to confusion. The vertical resolution, as with digital displays, is the number of horizontal lines in the picture.

Currently, common computer display resolutions are 640×480 (VGA, Video Graphics Array), 800×600 (SVGA, Super VGA), and 1024×768 (XGA/XVGA, eXtended). Some computer users, especially CAD users and video game players, run their computers at 1600×1200 resolution (UXGA, Ultra-eXtended) or higher if they have the necessary equipment. When a computer display resolution is set that is too high for the display, some systems make the virtual screen scrollable over the physical screen. With digital television and HDTV, vertical resolutions of 720 or 1080 scan lines are typical.

The 640×480 resolution, introduced with the IBM PS/2 VGA and MCGA (multi-color) on-board graphics chips, was the standard resolution from 1990 to 1997, partly due to its 4:3 ratio. 800×600 has been the standard resolution from 1998 to the present, but 1024×768 is fast becoming the new standard resolution, especially since it also satisfies the 4:3 ratio. Many web sites and multimedia products are designed for 1024×768 resolution. Most of today's computer games released during the "128-bit video game era", such as SimCity 4, do not support 640×480 at all. Windows XP is designed to run at 800×600 minimum (although it is possible to run legacy applications in 640x480 compatibility mode).

With 15" and 17" (381 mm and 432 mm) monitors, 1024×768 resolution is the standard, whereas with 19" (483 mm) monitors, 1280×1024 is the recommended standard. Good 21" (533 mm) monitors are usually capable of 1600×1200 resolution. There are also 24" (610 mm) widescreen monitors on the market, and those will often be able to display 1900+ pixels horizontally.

Source: Wikipedia,