Desktop wallpaper compatibility

Click on this pop-up window to determine the current screen resolution of your monitor.


The 1920x1080 (HD widescreen)
pictures will adequately match any of the 8 resolutions below.

Screen resolution Display Ratio Results

1920x1080

16:9

There will be no distortion or loss of quality.

1366x768

16:9

There will be no distortion or loss of quality.

1600x900

16:9

There will be no distortion or loss of quality.

1920x1200

8:5

There will be some vertical stretching and also some minor deterioration in quality as the picture height will be larger than the original.

1680x1050

8:5

There will be some vertical stretching.

1440x900

8:5

There will be some vertical stretching.

1280x800

8:5

There will be some vertical stretching.

1024x600

10:6

There will be some vertical stretching.

The desktop wallpapers are now only available in 1920x1080 format. Most monitors, laptops, tablets and mobile 'phones now use the widescreen format and it was very time consuming to produce wallpapers in 3 formats for many years, only to find that virtually no-one downloads the non widescreen format any more! 1920x1080 will fit most modern screens. See above.

If you still use the older, non widescreen format you can still set the picture as a desktop background, but there will be a greater degree of stretching and distortion. You can open the saved wallpaper picture with Paint (Microsoft Windows) and manually crop it to fit your screen resolution, although I appreciate that you may not want to do that.

I apologize for those of you who still use the 4:3 screen format but I trust that you appreciate the reasons for the change. All my new camera pictures are widescreen by default as this format suits landscapes much better than the 'squarer' screen format.

4:3 screen formats are catered for on the Daily Wallpaper page that uses 1024x768 wallpaper

How to use as wallpaper - Click on a link below a picture. Right click the enlarged desktop wallpaper picture in Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox and choose 'Set as Background'. Google Chrome, Opera and other browsers do not support this feature. You will have to use 'save picture as' to save to a location e.g. your desktop, followed by double click & right click.

Note: Most mobile devices will let you easily crop the images on the Beautiful Britain website to a format suitable for use as wallpaper. Long press on the enlarged image, choose to Save it then use the phone or tablet Settings menu to change the wallpaper.


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