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    Unanswered: Screen resolution

    I am writing a database that is going to be used on 8 different machines all of which have a different screen resolution. When I design the forms, do I need to find the monitor with the smallest screen area and make sure all of my forms are not bigger than this size? Is this the way to do it or is there a clever way around this?

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    there are techniques to find the current screen size in Access
    personally I'm a believer in keeping things simple so I tend to design for the smallest screen real estate. why?
    well it removes versioning issues. this is the sort of code that can easily get banjaxed between different versions of Access and or operating systems
    even if you do get the resolution details you then have toe adjust the form design on the fly, something that seems incredibly tricky and time consuming. yes you can layout using relative poisitions, but it also means adjusting font sizes and so on. most corporate accounts use 800 x 600 or 1024 x 768

    if someone is using x1600 then I'd be tempted do a version for them as the jump for say x600 to x1200 is significant and the access form can start to become unreadable
    I'd rather be riding on the Tiger 800 or the Norton

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    Thanks very much. This is a big help.

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    I have looked at the resolution on all my users monitors and I have:
    1 x 1600 x 900
    1 x 1440 x 900
    4 x 1280 x 1024
    1 x 1920 x 1080
    2 x 1360 x 768
    1 x 1024 x 768
    Wish me luck!

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    so design for 1024 x 768
    OR
    1024x 768 AND 1280 x 1024.

    OR bne a smart aleck and serve up the nearest resolution as a frotn end.

    use the appropriate code from the code bank to fetch the most recent version of the front and and copy it to the users desktop. however maintainign different versions of the same code base is tricky its a management issue, its extra development time extra developer resource soncumed.

    try to see how your x 768 form design works on the other resolutions and ONLY support multiple resolutiuons if you really really have to
    I'd rather be riding on the Tiger 800 or the Norton

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    I am going to try to drop the smallest 2 monitors and upgrade them to 1280 x 1024. Then set my forms to this size.

    My problem is that my company buy whichever monitor is cheapest as and when we need new ones and I have no control over what resolution screens we end up with.

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    then probably your company needs to think in terms of standardisation
    minimum specifications. deploy its computers using a standard image and so on

    ...but if they'd like some bigger monitors I have 4 they can buy secondhand. there may be a few marks / scratches but nothing serious and nothing that stops them doing the job they are designed for
    2 off AOC 2236 1920 x 1080 55cm diagonal
    2 off IIyama PLE2008HDS, which I think is also 1920 x 1080 51cm diagonal
    I'd rather be riding on the Tiger 800 or the Norton

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