I was looking for the top three most used monitor resolutions – pixel width and height – for making desktop wallpapers in my flickr stream. It dawned on me that knowing the three most used pixel counts weren’t as important as moderately high resolution images in the correct format ratios.

Here are the top three as of June 2009.

  1. 1024×768 ( 1:1.33)
  2. 1280×1024 ( 1:1.25 )
  3. 1280×800 ( 1:1.6 )

For example, the MacBook Pro supports 1440×900, which is the same dimensions as the 1280×800. Although there will be some scaling, the 26% difference of area between the two shouldn’t cause enough stretching to make the image unpleasant as a desktop background.