800x600, 1024x768 ?

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This is such a basic question I'm embarrassed to post it here but what's the
difference between 800x600, 1024x768, etc. screen resolutions? It seems to
me that the higher the resolution the smaller the text, picture, etc., and
the harder it is to see on your screen, yet most people prefere the higher
resolutions and many web pages are now only fully veiwable at the higher
resolutions. I must be missing something here.
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Mack
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    The screen resolution is how many pixels by how many pixels. If you screen is
    set to 800x600 there are 800 vertical pixels and 600 horizontal. The more
    pixels, the more can be displayed on a screen. For video, the higher the
    resolution, the clearer the image. Hope that helps a bit!

    "Mack" wrote:

    > This is such a basic question I'm embarrassed to post it here but what's the
    > difference between 800x600, 1024x768, etc. screen resolutions? It seems to
    > me that the higher the resolution the smaller the text, picture, etc., and
    > the harder it is to see on your screen, yet most people prefere the higher
    > resolutions and many web pages are now only fully veiwable at the higher
    > resolutions. I must be missing something here.
    > --
    > Mack
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    In simple terms
    the higher the numbers the higher the pixel count
    the higher the pixel count the finer the picture

    like watching a VHS tape versus a DVD
    peter
    "Mack" <Mack@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:C897BAB3-81FA-4AF1-9BE7-3036521DEA2F@microsoft.com...
    > This is such a basic question I'm embarrassed to post it here but what's the
    > difference between 800x600, 1024x768, etc. screen resolutions? It seems to
    > me that the higher the resolution the smaller the text, picture, etc., and
    > the harder it is to see on your screen, yet most people prefere the higher
    > resolutions and many web pages are now only fully veiwable at the higher
    > resolutions. I must be missing something here.
    > --
    > Mack
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    Mack

    It's a compromise between how much you can get
    on the screen, and how easily you can read it.
    My PC can display up to 1280 x 1024, but I use 1024 x 768
    because I can't read the screen at the higher resolution.
    Try various settings and see what's comfortable for you.

    Dave Hart

    "Mack" <Mack@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:C897BAB3-81FA-4AF1-9BE7-3036521DEA2F@microsoft.com...
    > This is such a basic question I'm embarrassed to post it here but what's
    the
    > difference between 800x600, 1024x768, etc. screen resolutions? It seems
    to
    > me that the higher the resolution the smaller the text, picture, etc., and
    > the harder it is to see on your screen, yet most people prefere the higher
    > resolutions and many web pages are now only fully veiwable at the higher
    > resolutions. I must be missing something here.
    > --
    > Mack
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    Hi Dave, I understood the other answers but your answer was really what I
    was asking about. I guess on a 19" monitor it would be ok to use 1024 x 768.
    The text is a little small but at least I don't have to use the botton
    scroll bar as often when viewing some web pages. Thanks for the great
    answer. Mack

    "Dave Hart" wrote:

    > Mack
    >
    > It's a compromise between how much you can get
    > on the screen, and how easily you can read it.
    > My PC can display up to 1280 x 1024, but I use 1024 x 768
    > because I can't read the screen at the higher resolution.
    > Try various settings and see what's comfortable for you.
    >
    > Dave Hart
    >
    > "Mack" <Mack@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:C897BAB3-81FA-4AF1-9BE7-3036521DEA2F@microsoft.com...
    > > This is such a basic question I'm embarrassed to post it here but what's
    > the
    > > difference between 800x600, 1024x768, etc. screen resolutions? It seems
    > to
    > > me that the higher the resolution the smaller the text, picture, etc., and
    > > the harder it is to see on your screen, yet most people prefere the higher
    > > resolutions and many web pages are now only fully veiwable at the higher
    > > resolutions. I must be missing something here.
    > > --
    > > Mack
    >
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    Don't forget you can "tailer" most of the text, icons, etc. sizes under
    Display Settings/Appearence/Advanced.

    For example, I run 19" at 1280x1024 but do find the default text and icons
    size to small to see easily. Therefore, I go into above mentioned dialog box
    and change icon size/space to 48 and almost all the various text sizes to 10
    from 8. I then end up with more "full page" web pages and can more easily
    read menus, list boxes etc. etc.


    "Mack" <Mack@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:4662E754-5109-4B14-9700-58EB00C3CA08@microsoft.com...
    > Hi Dave, I understood the other answers but your answer was really what I
    > was asking about. I guess on a 19" monitor it would be ok to use 1024 x
    > 768.
    > The text is a little small but at least I don't have to use the botton
    > scroll bar as often when viewing some web pages. Thanks for the great
    > answer. Mack
    >
    > "Dave Hart" wrote:
    >
    >> Mack
    >>
    >> It's a compromise between how much you can get
    >> on the screen, and how easily you can read it.
    >> My PC can display up to 1280 x 1024, but I use 1024 x 768
    >> because I can't read the screen at the higher resolution.
    >> Try various settings and see what's comfortable for you.
    >>
    >> Dave Hart
    >>
    >> "Mack" <Mack@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:C897BAB3-81FA-4AF1-9BE7-3036521DEA2F@microsoft.com...
    >> > This is such a basic question I'm embarrassed to post it here but
    >> > what's
    >> the
    >> > difference between 800x600, 1024x768, etc. screen resolutions? It
    >> > seems
    >> to
    >> > me that the higher the resolution the smaller the text, picture, etc.,
    >> > and
    >> > the harder it is to see on your screen, yet most people prefere the
    >> > higher
    >> > resolutions and many web pages are now only fully veiwable at the
    >> > higher
    >> > resolutions. I must be missing something here.
    >> > --
    >> > Mack
    >>
    >>
    >>
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