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Browser Size vs Screen Resolution

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Hi All,

 

I created a custom report to see the most popular "browser sizes" for our traffic.

I then added a secondary dimension of 'Screen Resolution', which I expected to be the same, or larger than the browser size.

 

However, I get combinations such as:

 

Browser Size          Screen Resolution

  380x560                     375x667

    - how can the screen resolution be smaller than browser size?

..and:

Browser Size          Screen Resolution

  1020x670                     768x1024

    - why is this so different?

 

Wondering why that data seems incorrect?

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Re: Browser Size vs Screen Resolution

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Take a look at my browser window width (it's weird but it's technically possible):

 

browser-size.jpg

 

 

Taavi

 

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Hi Sam,

 

Screen Resolution ≠ Browser Window in many cases.

 

Here's the article that describes it a bit more: https://css-tricks.com/screen-resolution-notequalto-browser-window/

 

Another great article that you should take a look: https://www.e-nor.com/blog/google-analytics/new-google-analytics-feature-browser-size

 

Hope this helps. Let us know how it goes.

Taavi

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Thanks Taavi, 

 

I had read both of those previously, but I would still think from those articles that screen resolution should always be greater than browser size? How can the browser be larger in width or height than the actual screen size? 

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Hi Sam,

 

Technically, it's possible but in reality, it seems weird.

 

I conducted a quick test and here are the results:

 

Screen Shot 2016-11-07 at 18.14.08.png

 

Technically, it is possible. I used this tool. It's an interesting question. Smiley Happy

 

Taavi

 

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Thanks Taavi. I still don't understand what that example would look like. 

How can my browser go beyond the dimensions of my screen?

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Take a look at my browser window width (it's weird but it's technically possible):

 

browser-size.jpg

 

 

Taavi

 

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Hi Sam,

 

I have two monitors so I could stretch my browser window across both of them but I'm guessing the screen resolution would only be recorded for one monitor.

 

Abbie