Aspect ratio

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

The viewable area and shape of a display are referred to as its aspect ratio. For example, most common computer monitors and televisions have an aspect ratio of 1.77:1 (16:9). However, ultrawide monitors with a 21:9 aspect ratio, like movies in the theater, are becoming popular with users.

Aspect ratio example

The image below shows the Computer logo is displayed with two different aspect ratios that are indicated by their background color. The white area's width is less than its height. Therefore, the white section has an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, while the aspect ratio of the entire image is 1.77:1.

Aspect ratio example

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