I asked for numbers confirming my thoughts recently in “Design for Browser Size — Not Screen Size“.
First Jakob Skjerning (mentalized.net), and now Thomas Baekdal published his preliminary results. Great to see some thorough work done in this highly important area where pretty much no stat tool or measuring service have ever been.
For years we have seen statistics telling us the size of people’s screens. We know that 1024×768 is the dominant screen size, and that large resolution screens are coming.
But, this is useless information. We do not want to know the size of a person’s screen. We want to know the size of the browser’s content area. A person might not use the browser maximized, and other elements – taskbar, toolbars and extensions – takes up valuable screen space.
From Thomas Baekdal: Actual Browser Sizes – Preview
The conclusion (although it’s preliminary) is clear:
The actual browser size and percentage graphs clearly show that a vast majority of people use they browser maximized (or very close to maximized).
98% of the width is more or less the same as the full width of the browser without the scrollbars. 78% of the height is about the size of the full height without the toolbars, taskbar etc.
This pretty much destroys the myth that many people browse the net in a smaller window.
This is another conclusion than mine and Jakob Nielsen: “people with big screens rarely maximize”. However, nice to see some actual statistics here. Keep it coming!