Common Wallpaper Resolutions

Computer wallpaper should be offered in the four most common resolutions.

Computer wallpaper adds personality to PC desktops and are popular with computer users. A company can gain free advertising by providing company branded wallpapers for download on the company website. These wallpapers should be stylish and attractive to users, contain the company brand or logo and be offered in the four most common wallpaper resolutions.

800 by 600

The 800 by 600 pixel wallpaper size is a common wallpaper resolution used on computer monitors that use the standard 4:3 aspect ratio. This resolution is very good for smaller computer monitors such as older 13-inch or 15-inch CRT monitors or on the small netbooks that are currently popular with consumers. This is the smallest standard display setting in the Windows operating system and 800 by 600 resolution wallpapers will fit this display setting perfectly.

1024 by 768

The 1024 by 768 pixel wallpaper size is another common wallpaper resolution that is very good for monitors utilizing the standard 4:3 aspect ratio. This resolution allows users to show more items on their computer monitor than the 800 by 600 resolution and is a standard display setting built into the Windows operating system. The 1024 by 768 desktop resolution is very commonly used on older 17-inch and 19-inch CRT and square LCD monitors and an 1024 by 768 resolution wallpaper is the most common wallpaper resolution for this display setting as it will cover the entire desktop space.

1280 by 1024

The 1280 by 1024 pixel wallpaper is a wallpaper resolution designed for use on wide-screen monitor displays that utilize the 16:9 aspect ratio. Wide-screen monitors are very popular with computer users as more items can be displayed on this type monitor than on a monitor of the same size utilizing the 4:3 aspect ratio. Offering users quality wallpapers using the 1280 by 1024 resolution will provide those using 17-inch through 21-inch wide-screen monitors with a wallpaper that is designed for their monitor, looks good and fits the display setting correctly.

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1600 by 1200

The 1600 by 1200 pixel wallpaper is another resolution size used on wide-screen monitors that utilize the 16:9 aspect ratio. This large screen resolution allows more items to be displayed on the monitor than the 1280×1024 resolution and is a common resolution used on 21-inch and larger wide-screen monitors. Well-designed 1600 by 1200 pixel wallpapers will provide users of large wide-screen monitors with a wallpaper that completely covers a 1600×1200 display without distortion of the wallpaper image that can occur when smaller resolution wallpapers are scaled or cropped to fit this large display.