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What is Screen Resolution

This article explains what screen resolution is.

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Written by Sydney Honda
Updated over a week ago

The following article will guide you through understanding screen resolutions.

The screen resolution of your PC, android or iPhone is two numbers that describe the number of pixels that you screen displays. It is usually quoted as width x height, with the units in pixels: for example, "1024x768" means the width is 1024 pixels and the height is 768 pixels. This example would normally be spoken as "ten twenty-four by seven sixty-eight" or "ten twenty-four by seven six eight".

The term "pixel" is actually short for "Picture Element." These small little dots are what make up the images on computer displays,

Thus your screen resolution will affect how ISN looks. Exactly how it does that is explained below.

Advantages of a low resolution screen setting.
The smaller your resolution is set, the larger things will be on your screen.

  • Easier to read.

  • Often allows your device to run faster and more smoothly.

Disadvantages of a low resolution screen setting.

  • Can cause parts of ISN to not be visible inside your screen by 'cutting it out of view'.

This image shows how scroll bars show up and some features on the ISN page are 'cut off'. Here we are using a laptop with a low screen resolution of 800 x 600.

Advantages of a high resolution screen setting.
The larger your resolution is set, the smaller things will be on your screen.

  • Every part of ISN fits into your screen without scrolling horizontally and vertically.

**Disadvantages of a high resolution screen setting.

  • Can make your device run ISN slower and cause pages to stutter when loading.

This image shows how no scroll bars show up and the whole ISN page is visible. Here we are using a laptop with a high screen resolution of 1680 x 1050.

Since your screen resolution has such an impact on your ability to use ISN, it is best to find the optimal resolution setting for your device. Trying out different settings will allow you to see which one you are most comfortable with.

To adjust your screens resolution please follow the tutorials linked below.

For windows it is very straight forward, please follow this article. Windows screen resolution tutorial

For Android devices it is a little more complicated, but here is a full video tutorial on how! Android screen resolution tutorial

For iDevices it is also a little tricky so please refer to this tutorial iPhone/iPad screen resolution tutorial.

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