Walter Tatulinski , Aug 22, 2005; 11:17 p.m.
You don't say what size monitor you have; the larger the monitor the higher you can set the resolution and still work comfortably. I use a 22 inch Mitsubishi Diamond Pro 2070SB, an Nvidia Quadro FX3400 graphics card, and Windows 2K. Previously, I ran 1024x1200 but, not long ago, changed to 1200x1600 at 85Hz and find that I am enjoying this setting much more. I have adjusted my Windows font size to use 106dpi fonts.
As far as setting the horizontal and vertical geometry, this is what I do. When Windows finishes booting, I adjust the monitor so that the desktop fills the screen almost completely. There is about 1/16 inch of unscanned black mask surrounding the desktop. This is a personal preference of mine. My graphics card has a utility which generates crosshatch and circle displays. These are very useful for setting the linearity of the monitor. You want round circles to be round and squares to be square wherever they appear on the screen.
In my image editing software (Photoshop CS) new images the are created with a screen resolution of 122 dpi measure onscreen true. In other words, if I create a box 5 inches square, a ruler placed against the monitor will measure the box as 5 inches square. This is just another personal preference. Regards.