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SVGA, XGA, and WSXGA+ Screen resolutions

Screen Resolutions:

Screen resolutions are like pants; everybody needs their own size. This doesn't lend well to some photographs, as you see them either tile, stretch, or leave a border on your computer screen when you try to use them as a background image. This page is designed to help you understand how your screen resolution functions, and how to make a background look good on your screen.

How To Start
First find your screen resolution, by clicking on the screen or resolution properties on your computer. Settings, control panel, or YAST are where you want to look, depending on your operating system. Once you located the size of your screen or screens, we can find a photograph that will function as the desktop background. There are a few approaches, and we will go over 2 here.

Larger Photo Than Background.
The easiest way to install a background is to find a photo that is at least bigger than the screen. The photo will then fully cover the background color it sits on, without stretching, or being disfigured. If you find an image that is almost the right size, simply crop off the edges and center the image with your operating system's desktop controls.

Resizing Backgrounds with Aspect Ratios:
Aspect ratios are the width over the height, in ratio format. So a 3:2 screen has 3 pixels horizontally, for every 2 vertically. To add photos to your option list, use screens sizes that have the same aspect ratio from the chart below. When you install the background photograph, the photo will scale between all screen sizes that have the same aspect ratio, seamlessly. This avoids the stretching, squeezing, or other problems that can arise from putting the background on your desktop. For instance a 2048 x 1536 QXGA screen desktop will scale nicely to the following sizes (green backgrounds on the 8:5 line in diagram below):
- WUXGA 1920 x 1200       - WSXGA+ 1680 x 1050       - WXGA 1280 x 800

The trick is to find photos that have dimensions that correlate to your desktop size, so the photo scales properly, or an image that is bigger than your screen and you crop off the edges. Your goal is to search for Windows Backgrounds that will fit correctly on YOUR screen, the way YOU like it.

Aviation Multimedia Index

Aircraft Video Categories:
US Air Force Videos
US Naval Aviation Videos

Aircraft Imagery Categories:
Newest Backgrounds
Aerospace, Space, & Satellite Imagery
Bomber Aircraft
ESM Aircraft and Recon Aircraft
Fighters & Attack Aircraft
Military Training Aircraft
Transports Tankers
Land Based Helicopter Operations
Sea Based Helicopter Operations
Unmanned Aircraft, UAS, UAV
Understanding Background Sizes

Aircraft Imagery by Size:
-->Dual Screen Aviation Backgrounds:
2048 x 768   2580 x 960

-->Single Screen Aviation Backgrounds:
1920 x 1080   2048 x 1080
2048 x 1536   2560 x 1536
2560 x 1600   2560 x 2048
2580 x 1600
Standard Screen Background Resolutions

Screen Resolution Examples:

For instance, a 1024 x 768 screen has an orange background in the photo below. The largest size with an orange background is 2048 x 1536, so it should scale nicely (happens to be 2x, so it would scale to 1/2 x crisply). If you can't find a 2048 x 1536 photo you like, use a size from a tile with an orange background to get the same clean effect. Should you be unable to locate a photo with exact dimensions, try selecting photos that are from the tile colors one point up or down the scale. In other words, if you can not find a nice 4:3 resolution background, look at 5:4 or 3:2 photos next.

Obviously, we can't please all the people all the time. Should these formats be the wrong size for your system, we ask that simply download them, and then push them through appropriate image cropping software to shrink them. Windows comes standard with Paint installed (accessories tab in Programs), or you can tell Windows to do it for you. The reasoning behind the background formats chosen is simple; we went with the statistics. We then tried to account for the most popular dual screen resolutions. Newer systems are starting to run native at larger resolutions as well. These backgrounds should work fine with dual monitor systems, XVGA, WXGA, SXGA, WSXGA+, HD, XGA, WXGA, WUXGA, HD 720 Screens and Full 1080 systems.

Want to see how many sizes there really are out there? Here are the first 50 out of over 7000 we have seen over the website statistics in a month. Currently the most popular screen resolutions for our segment of the internet community are as follows:

RankSizeFormatPercentage RankSizeFormatPercentage
1 1024x768 XVGA 21.54%   261400x1050 SXGA+ 0.25%
2 1280x800 WXGA 14.25%   271536x864 0.23%
3 1366x768 10.80%   281311x737 0.23%
4 1440x900 8.66%   29320x396 0.21%
5 1280x1024 SXGA 8.11%   30819x614 0.21%
6 1680x1050 WSXGA+ 4.47%   311344x840 0.20%
7 1920x1080 HD 1080 3.63%   32320x240 QVGA 0.16%
8 1600x900 2.71%   331249x702 0.14%
9 800x600 SVGA 2.03%   341024x576 0.14%
10320x480 2.01%   351067x600 0.13%
111152x864 XGA+ 1.77%   361441x810 0.13%
121280x768 WXGA 1.73%   37480x360 0.13%
131024x600 WSVGA 1.54%   38480x800 0.11%
141920x1200 WUXGA 1.45%   39640x480 VGA 0.11%
151280x720 HD 720 1.31%   401192x670 0.10%
16768x1024 1.01%   41960x600 0.10%
171360x768 0.93%   42911x512 0.10%
181280x960 0.81%   43960x1464 0.10%
191093x614 0.58%   441140x641 0.10%
201024x640 0.46%   451120x700 0.09%
211152x720 0.42%   46983x737 0.08%
221024x819 0.35%   47960x1420 0.08%
232560x1440 0.32%   481067x800 0.08%
241024x1024 0.32%   491080x810 0.07%
251600x1200 UXGA 0.27%   50960x1450 0.07%
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