Friday, July 25, 2003

Window-size Desktop Wallpaper

Occasionally I want to know how a website will look for people running at 800x600 and don't want to have to temporarily change the display properties of my PC. It would be nice if there was a way (in Windows 2000) to resize a window to specified pixel dimensions.

What I ended up doing was setting my desktop wallpaper to an image with boxes of various sizes (640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, and 1152x864). Now I can just resize a web browser (or any other window) to the same size as any of these boxes to get an instant idea of whether the webpage will "fit".

The three smaller boxes include a representation of the taskbar, so that you can account for the screen real estate it takes up. The 1152x864 box doesn't have a taskbar, because I made this back when I used to actually run at 1152x854, so I could just use the real taskbar. Now I have a larger monitor and tend to use 1280x1024. But seriously, the point of this thing is to support those poor saps out there using something smaller than 1024x768. If you need to worry about fitting into 1152x864, you're in trouble anyway.

Click here to see a thumbnail and download the wallpaper in BMP or PNG format.