Wallpaper Collection
Recent Additions

Directions:  Next to the image you like click on the size matching the screen resolution of your desktop. (Click to learn more about screen resolutions and how to find your resolution.)

Once the appropriate high resolution JPG loads completely and is displayed by your browser, right-click on it and choose "Set As Wallpaper".  That's all you have to do.

(The samples displayed here are highly compressed, which allows them to display faster, but really lowers their quality -- don't use them for wallpaper. Click here for more details on using graphics for wallpaper.)

You can access the 800x600 images, but  you need a password  to access the higher resolution images. To get a password, eMail me and let me know what size you need.


Preview Hong Kong
November 1, 2005

Screen Resolutions:
  800 x 600
1024 x 768    (4 x 3 aspect ratio)
1280 x 1024 (5 x 4 aspect ratio)
1600 x 1200 (4 x 3 aspect ratio)
1920 x 1200 (wide screen, 8 x 5 aspect ratio; other wide screen sizes: 1680 x 1050 and 1280 x 800)
What a sight ... sailing out of Hong Kong at night.
Preview Schoodic Point
August 23, 2005

Screen Resolutions:
  800 x 600
1024 x 768    (4 x 3 aspect ratio)
1280 x 1024 (5 x 4 aspect ratio)
1600 x 1200 (4 x 3 aspect ratio)
1920 x 1200 (wide screen, 8 x 5 aspect ratio; other wide screen sizes: 1680 x 1050 and 1280 x 800)
I like the spray caught in mid-air; as wallpaper it looks like it's going right onto your keyboard.
Preview Campobello Island
August 19, 2005

Screen Resolutions:
  800 x 600
1024 x 768    (4 x 3 aspect ratio)
1280 x 1024 (5 x 4 aspect ratio)
1600 x 1200 (4 x 3 aspect ratio)
1920 x 1200 (wide screen, 8 x 5 aspect ratio; other wide screen sizes: 1680 x 1050 and 1280 x 800)
Taken through two windows; I couldn't avoid the reflection from the first, but I think it's kind of interesting.
Preview West Quoddy Head Light
August 19, 2005

Screen Resolutions:
  800 x 600
1024 x 768    (4 x 3 aspect ratio)
1280 x 1024 (5 x 4 aspect ratio)
1600 x 1200 (4 x 3 aspect ratio)
1920 x 1200 (wide screen, 8 x 5 aspect ratio; other wide screen sizes: 1680 x 1050 and 1280 x 800)
 
Preview Acadia National Park
August 3, 2005

Screen Resolutions:
  800 x 600
1024 x 768    (4 x 3 aspect ratio)
1280 x 1024 (5 x 4 aspect ratio)
1600 x 1200 (4 x 3 aspect ratio)
1920 x 1200 (wide screen, 8 x 5 aspect ratio; other wide screen sizes: 1680 x 1050 and 1280 x 800)
And you wonder why I like downeast Maine?
Preview Corea Harbor
July 19, 2005

Screen Resolutions:
  800 x 600
1024 x 768    (4 x 3 aspect ratio)
1280 x 1024 (5 x 4 aspect ratio)
1600 x 1200 (4 x 3 aspect ratio)
1920 x 1200 (wide screen, 8 x 5 aspect ratio; other wide screen sizes: 1680 x 1050 and 1280 x 800)
 
Preview Maritime Wallpaper
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Preview Old Wallpaper
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Screen Resolutions

The screen resolutions you can run your computer at are a function of your video card and your monitor. On a computer running Windows, to find the resolution of your screen, either right click on a blank area of the desktop and choose Properties; or in the Control Panel, choose Display. Then click on the settings tab. Under "Screen Resolution" it tells you the current setting, and if you move the slider left and right it shows you the other options you have.

My recommendation for screen resolution (based on your display size) is summarized in this table:

Depending on the size of my display here are the screen resolutions I usually choose:

Standard size displays:
Old Style CRT New Style LCD Resolution Aspect Ratio
15" 13" 800 x 600 4 x 3
17" 15" 1024 x 768 4 x 3
19" 17" 1280 x 1024 5 x 4
21" 19" 1600 x 1200 5 x 4
Wide screen displays:
  20+" 1920 x 1200 8 x 5
  16-19" 1680 x 1050 8 x 5
  14-15" 1280 x 800 8 x 5

If you've been running at a lower screen resolution, your first reaction to a high resolution screen will probably be "the type is too small ... I can't see it".

The advantage of a high resolution screen is that most programs are easier to use because you have more room for windows, graphics, menus, etc. There are several ways to increase text size, depending on where it's a problem. On the desktop you don't really need to read the text ... your mind recognizes the shortcut icons. The main places small text will bother you are in your Web browser, your eMail program and your word processor. In each you can choose larger text sizes appropriate for your screen resolution. (Another place to control text size is on the advanced button on tab where you set resolution ... however, unless you are running at one of the very-high resolutions I don't recommend choosing large fonts, because they cause other trouble.)

Note: there is only one wide screen image ... the one for the highest resolution screen ... for other wide screen sizes be sure the "Stretch" option is choosen for your background, then the image will automatically scale down to fit your screen. No matter where you get wallpaper for your desktop you want to match the resolution of you desktop. If you image that's too small and stretch it, the quality will be poor. If you use an image which doesn't match the aspect ratio of you desktop it will be distorted.


Details on using graphics as wallpaper

For the more experienced user, I recommend saving several of the high resolution images on your system and then use Control Panel / Display / Desktop to select different background images.

On newer systems, save your images in the C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper folder.

On older systems the images must be BMPs and you just save them in the C:\Windows folder. The easiest way to create these BMPs is to just right-click on the proper size JPG as described above and choose "Set As Wallpaper" ... this creates a 24-bit BMP file named either "Internet Explorer Wallpaper.bmp" or "Firefox Wallpaper.bmp" in the C:\Window folder. Then just find this file under "My Computer" and rename it ... once you've created a few BMP files, choose the one you want under the Desktop Properies, or using Control Panel / Display / Desktop as described above.

 

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