Want to protect your cyber security and still get fast solutions? Ask a secure question today.Go Premium


screen resolution question

Posted on 2003-03-30
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2010-04-25
Hi !, I'm new to web design so this question might be a bit silly but I need help !
I build my site on my laptop that has a native screen resolution of 1400x1050. On dreamweaver I've been working on a 1179x708 size. I can see my site fine but my friends say that they have to scroll horizontaly to see the whole page when I don't have to.
I think my resolution might be to high but if I change it, everything looks too big on my screen and it's not right, so I'm not sure what I have to do, shall I just change the screen size in dreamweaver and work on a smaller window?, say 955x600 ?
I tried that and I uploaded the page  but on my screen there is no difference so I don't know what's the right thing to do so people can see my site just fine
Thank you
Question by:borderline
LVL 12

Expert Comment

ID: 8234065
800x600 is your best bet, 1024x768 after that

here's a link to show you recent browser statistics:

All the sites I develope are created at 800x600

Author Comment

ID: 8234194
So, shall I have to change the size document on dreamweaver or my screen resolution?

Thanks !
LVL 12

Expert Comment

ID: 8234234
change it in dreamweaver.

I change my resolution to 800x600 briefly just to make sure it looks right.
Upgrade your Question Security!

Your question, your audience. Choose who sees your identity—and your question—with question security.


Author Comment

ID: 8234322
Thank you for your help ! :-)
LVL 14

Expert Comment

ID: 8235047
You don't need to change your RESOLUTION to build a site that won't exceed 800-600, Just put a table with the size 800-600 and stay within the table...
LVL 12

Expert Comment

ID: 8235750
i agree, there is absoutly no need to change your resolution. I just think it's always best to verify it on a configuration that is close to what you intend users to be accessing your site with.
LVL 19

Expert Comment

ID: 8238932
And I wouldn't worry about the HEIGHT (unless you have a graphic you want to display), I'd worry about the WIDTH.

Remember -- that's a MAXIMUM screen size. The browser will take up some of that space, so don't use 800 as your max width. Use about 700-750 as the max width. I wouldn't worry about height, that can vary a lot, even if the window is maximized, because people don't all use the same toolbars/options on their browser.

Your design shouldn't be so inflexible as to fall apart when viewed larger/smaller than you envision. If it does, it's a bad design. ;-)

Expert Comment

ID: 8243389
>>>Your design shouldn't be so inflexible as to fall apart when viewed larger/smaller than you envision. If it does, it's a bad design. ;-)

For that very same reason, I tend to prefer working more on 100% width kinds rather than 770 pixels for my width of my main table..
In that case you can use the max. space of the screen , irrespective of the resolution. But what you finally decide to use, will vary according to your design..some pages might need a hard-coded page width..and some might look better if you use percentages for your table widths


Accepted Solution

cempasha earned 225 total points
ID: 8259344
on the dreamveawer there is a part which shows the resolution settings. you can find it on lower right corner it will be displayed as somenumber*anothernumber
without changing your resolution, DW automatically adjusts editing windows for you. Also as zombeen says, I would have used percentages for width options. There is no need to specify the height.... One last thing

as aelatik says
>> Just put a table with the size 800-600 and stay within the table...

do not do that. becase if you put a table with that sizes, you page will not be fully displayed on the screen, you will have to use the scroller to view the site..

Featured Post

Hire Technology Freelancers with Gigs

Work with freelancers specializing in everything from database administration to programming, who have proven themselves as experts in their field. Hire the best, collaborate easily, pay securely, and get projects done right.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

For those who don't know, Adobe Dreamweaver is a popular commercial web editor that enables you to design, build and manage complex websites. The editor is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) web editor, which means that you can create your web…
This article is very specific and is only intended to help if you are installing Dreamweaver 8 in a Windows 7 environment with Office 2007 installed.   I'm not sure why Microsoft tends to release OS' that should not be released but they do.  Windows…
Exchange organizations may use the Journaling Agent of the Transport Service to archive messages going through Exchange. However, if the Transport Service is integrated with some email content management application (such as an anti-spam), the admin…
Is your OST file inaccessible, Need to transfer OST file from one computer to another? Want to convert OST file to PST? If the answer to any of the above question is yes, then look no further. With the help of Stellar OST to PST Converter, you can e…
Suggested Courses

580 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question