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Special Edition Using Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET by Jeff Spotts, Brian Siler

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User PC Differences

From a user interface standpoint, extra thought is required when you’re writing a program that is designed to run on a PC other than your own. The Windows operating system leaves a lot of room for user customization. One of the most noticeable differences is screen resolution. If you go into the Display applet in Control Panel, you will notice that several options for screen size are available. As a developer and owner of a 21-inch monitor, I like to leave my resolution set to 1,280×1,024 pixels, which allows me to place a lot of things on the screen at once. However, most of your end users are likely to be operating at a lower resolution, say 800×600 or even 640×480. The easiest solution to this problem is to design your ...

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