Specifying Monitor Resolution

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 14, 2016)


If you are developing Web pages in Word, it is a good idea to have in mind who the user is. The user, obviously, is the person who will view your Web page. However, there are certain assumptions that must be made about the user, and those assumptions will affect how you put your Web page together.

One of the prime considerations is what resolution of monitor the user will be using. This affects the presentation of graphics and text on their page. For instance, a graphic that shows up nicely centered on your screen at a high resolution may not give the desired impact if the user is working at a lower resolution.

You can instruct Word to make certain assumptions about the user's monitor resolution as you are developing Web pages. You set the target resolution by following these steps:

  1. Click the Office button and then click Word Options. Word displays the Word Options dialog box.
  2. Click Advanced at the left of the dialog box.
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the available options.
  4. Click on the Web Options button. Word displays the Web Options dialog box.
  5. Make sure the Pictures tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  6. Figure 1. The Pictures tab of the Web Options dialog box.

  7. Using the Screen Size drop-down list, select the screen resolution you believe most of your users will have.
  8. Click on OK to close the Web Options dialog box.
  9. Click on OK to close the Options dialog box.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2013-08-28 15:53:56

Gavin Tameris

I use MS Word 2003 (Menu Interface)for updating Website Pages through FTP to a Server. I found this option with Tools|Options|Web Options|(there is no Advanced)Pictures. I had assumed that this option applied only to graphics I was inserting; didn't know it was parameters for the Website Page display as well. I suggest you add a Menu Interface version of this Tip.
Question is: How can I reasonably estimate the screen resolution of my unknown users?

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