Welcome to the Webpage Workshop! This page will instruct you
on how to change your monitor's resolution. As mentioned before,
the Webpage Workshop will work fine at 640x480 resolution, but
looks its best at resolutions of 800x600 or above.
- What is resolution?
- Resolution, simply put, determines the amount of "working
space" you have on your computer screen.
- What is the advantage of high
- Higher resolutions create more space, which can be filled
up with windows and reduce the need to scroll. In order to
create this additional space, your display is compressed, in
the sense that everything appears smaller to you. And, as
anyone who has played with zoom tools knows, when something
appears smaller, the quality of image is better. For example,
if I zoom in to a picture 100x, the picture will look very
grainy or pixellated. If I zoom back out, the picture seems
- What are some
- Going back to the zoom scenario, say I zoom out100x.
The picture will appear as a speck. I wouldn't be able to read
anything. This is much the same as going to very high
resolution. Another disadvantage is that higher resolutions
require more image detail, causing some programs to run much
slower. That is, if two windows are the same size running a
VRML world, but one window is 800x600 and the other is
1600x1200, the 800x600 window will run faster.
- Where do monitors come into
- If you have a big sized monitor, you will be able to get
away with putting high resolutions. Why? Because even though
the image seems smaller, you have a large monitor, which makes
the text or picture easier to see. In other words, at 1600x1200
resolution, this text on a 15" monitor would be virtually
unreadable (if you leave your browser settings for text size
alone). But on a 19" monitor, at 1600x1200 resolution, this
text is very legible (as I can attest to right now!). In fact,
since everything would be illegible at high resolutions on
small monitors, small monitors usually only offer lower
- OK, so I'll set my resolution at
800x600 (or above). How?
- Windows 95/98: Start->Control Panels.
(Start->Settings->Control Panels in Win98). Double-click
"Display". Click the "Settings" tab. In the "Screen Area" or
"Desktop Area" section, drag the slider to the desired
resolution. Then set colors to the maximum possible for your
resolution (maximum colors is determined by the quality of your
video card). Click "Apply", and generally you can adjust the
display without restarting. If you have to restart, go ahead
and do it, it's well worth it.
- Macintosh: Apple Menu->Control Panels->Monitors.
Choose the appropriate display combination. The computer may
prompt you to restart.