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SQL Server Tooling Should Target Wide Screen Form Factors by Greg Low - Australia


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Type: Suggestion
ID: 636373
Opened: 1/16/2011 6:11:46 PM
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SQL Server tools currently target a portrait 4:3 shape for minimum window sizes. Increasingly, portrait shape monitors are disappearing from sale. As an example, many notebooks offer 1366x768 as a standard resolution. Many of the SQL Server tools are not useful in that resolution.
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Posted by Greg Low - Australia on 8/9/2011 at 7:27 PM
Hi Seshagiri,

Thanks for looking into this further. The strange thing is that I've just gone and looked at a large number of windows and I can't find any that don't work now. I also asked this on our internal tech lists and I had dozens of people tell me that they've seen the problem but that they can't find an instance of it now. I can only presume that the most common offending windows have been updated during ongoing updates and are no longer offending, as we can't all be imagining that we've seen this. The number of people that voted for this indicates that it's a known issue.

However, the main thing that I was hoping for is that when windows are being tested, that you make sure they all work on (for example), a Windows 7 box running in 1366x768 resolution. (Making sure to allow for task bar, etc.)

The other related issue that I still seem to run into is a multi-monitor issue, where I move a window to another monitor but the next time I go to use the tool, I don't have the second monitor. Then I often have to reset the window layouts to get the window to be visible.

Perhaps a resolution (no pun intended) is to add some code to the event when a window is opened to make sure that it's totally visible on whatever screens the user currently has available.
Posted by Microsoft on 8/9/2011 at 6:16 AM
Hi Greg,

This is regarding connect item 636373 - SSMS support for wide screen form factors. I am trying to recreate the issues mentioned (at 1680 X 1050 and lower) and could not see any issue with our current version (Denali) of SQL Server.

Can you please add few screenshots of the issues mentioned (and the corresponding resolution). This will help us debug the issue.

Thank you

Seshagiri
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Posted by DWalker on 7/20/2011 at 2:48 PM
I get screen artifacts and tearing using SSMS for SQL 2008 on my display that's set to 1920x1200 resolution. Especially when I make the SSMS screen is nearly as wide as possible. I like to see as much data as I can on the screen. The tearing and artifacts (scroll bars are repeated, for example) begin when the SSMS window width is approximately 1600, as far as I can tell.

I had opened a Connect item, which was not voted on much. MS closed it as, basically, "we don't care". (Hint: I even changed display adapters from one chipset vendor to the other one. And there are credible reports on the Web about this issue.)
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