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Monitor Screen Resolution

Screen resolution refers to the horizontal and vertical size of your monitor's display area, measured in pixels. Popular screen resolutions are 640 x 480, 800 x 600 or 1024 x 768, with the horizontal (x-axis) value given first, followed by the vertical (y-axis) value second. Screen resolution affects the appearance of any web site on your monitor.

If a website was designed for a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 and the visitor is using 800 x 600, then some cropping of the site will occur. Likewise a higher resolution will result in empty space around the content of the web page.

800 x 600 is accepted as the most popular screen resolution currently. In fact 800 x 600 is the default screen resolution for Windows and is generally not altered by PC users. Resent large-scale studies have shown that approximately 50% of web users use 800 x 600 resolution, while 25% use the higher 1024 x 768 resolution. The 640 x 480 resolution, traditionally thought of as the default video option, is in decline. WebTV is at a resolution of 544 x 384.

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