About Screen Sizes

When you create a dashboard, you can set the size of the canvas to match a particular screen resolution. For example, end users’ laptops display a screen resolution of 800 by 600 pixels, so you set the size of the canvas to 800 by 600 pixels to emulate the user environment.

If you design for a screen size as large or larger than your own, try hiding the Available Content pane, or using a larger monitor to minimize horizontal scrolling.

By default, the dashboard designer supports five standard screen resolutions, which are available by clicking Options > Guide. When a dashboard uses fixed sizing, its frames do not resize automatically when the window size changes.

In addition to fixed screen resolutions, dashboards support proportional sizing. When a dashboard uses proportional sizing, its frames resize relative to the size of the browser window. Frames do not resize automatically in the designer; proportional sizing is only evident in the end user’s view of the dashboard, or when you select a new screen size in the designer.

If a dashboard that uses proportional sizing is larger than the specified screen size, when the dashboard is viewed, Jaspersoft resizes the frames to fit in the window. No scrolling is required. This may result in a change to the shape of the frames.

Jaspersoft recommends that you design dashboards using fixed sizing mode, then switch to proportional sizing before you save.

In proportional sizing, note that:

You can resize free text items to a smaller size, but you can’t make them larger.
The grid turns red when any content hangs over the edge of the canvas.
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