My Desktop Size Reference Wallpaper

Occasionally I have to size browser windows quickly to see if a design will really work on smaller computer screens. In times of such need, I use this desktop background:

"Desktop" It’s just a 1600×1200 24-bit PNG file that has the standard 4:3 ratio screen sizes on them. I suppose I should also add the widescreen aspect ratios to them too for completeness. My work is never done…sigh. The grid size is 25 pixels; this is good enough to estimate sizes without literring the entire screen with tiny boxes.

Anyway, people sometimes ask me for this file, so I’m putting it here for future generations of new media designers to enjoy. It’s a mere 63K too, which pleases my inherent cheapness when it comes to using memory, though technically speaking—oh, never mind…these days memory usage practically doesn’t matter anymore.

» Download Desktop PNG File

You will want to right-click and choose “Save Link As” to your desktop. Then do whatever you need to do to set it as your new “desktop background.” Make sure you do not use scaling, otherwise the sizes of the boxes will be completely wrong.