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Your current resolution is:

What is your screen resolution?

Which resolution wallpaper size should you choose? Your screen resolution is contingent on the size of your monitor and if you have not previously changed this resolution. It should be set to what is called native resolution for best results. See below about "native resolution." To determine your current resolution:

On Windows operating system

  • Click Start > Control Panel (Settings for Windows 2000) > Display > Settings Tab > Adjust Screen Resolution slider
  • Easier Way! Right-click empty space on your desktop > select properties (desktop properties) > Settings Tab > Adjust Screen Resolution slider
  • Or... look below for your current resolution

On a Mac

  • Click the Apple menu at the top of your desktop > System Preferences > Displays > view resolution
  • Or... look above for your current resolution

What is Native Resolution?

LCD or Plasma monitors are listed with a "native resolution" according to the size of the screen. A resolution number tells you how many vertical and horizontal pixels are available to display your images or text. If your screen's native resolution is 1280x1024 and you decide to change that (because the text is too small - see How to increase text size to fix this problem) resolution to something smaller, like 1024x786, this forces fewer pixels to do the work of displaying images on your screen, thus images are stretched and text is blurry.

What is your native resolution?

The native resolution is the maximum resolution the LCD monitor will display. See What is my screen resolution to see the highest numbers available in your resolution list.

How to increase text size in browser?

Instead of squinting at your screen, or changing the resolution, increase the text or font size. Here's how:

Windows IE 7 or later

  • Have your browser window open, click View from the menu Bar at the top
  • Select Text Size and select an option
  • *Short cut for windows is generally Ctrl++

Firefox 1.0 - Permanent font increase

  • From Menu Bar, select Tools > Options
  • Click General, click Fonts & Colors

Mac OS - Safari 1.2 or later

  • From the Menu Bar select Safari > Preferences
  • Click Appearance, and set your Standard font size
  • Opera - this trick will actually zoom in on the web page
  • click View > Zoom and increase the percentage
*Short cut - the short cut for the above browsers is Command+

How to set images as desktop wallpaper?

A reminder will be listed in each gallery, but basically here's how to do it:

Windows and Mac

  • Allow the photo to load fully (click image to enlarge if you like)
  • Right-click (ctl-click Mac) on the image
  • Select "Set As Wallpaper" or "Use image as desktop picture"(Mac) from the fly-out menu
  • Click Back when finished

If we do not have your resolution

If you don't see your exact resolution, select the closest one and stretch, center or tile images on your screen. Here's how to do it:

Windows 98/ME/2000/XP

  • Click Start > Control Panel > Display Properties > Background tab (for XP the tab says Desktop)
  • look for options such as stretch or center

Vista

  • Right-click empty space on desktop
  • select Personalize > Desktop Background
  • select an icon at the bottom, from left to right: fit to screen, tile, center

Mac

  • From the Apple menu (or from your Dock at bottom)
  • select System Preferences
  • select Desktop and Screen Saver
  • your choices are Fill, Stretch, Tile and Center

* Short Cut - This should work for all the above: right-click (ctl-click on Mac) on empty space on the desktop, from the fly out menu select Properties (XP), Personalize (Vista), or Change Desktop Background (Mac) and continue.