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Our analytics across several sites are all showing a marked increase in 1440px+ monitor size, but has anyone seen any stats about what browser size people with large screen tend to use?

Do people really go full width, or are they using larger screens to multitask?

Also, does anyone know a reliable way to measure this in Google Analytics?

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This looks like it will help get you the data you need:

http://css-tricks.com/screen-resolution-notequalto-browser-window/

As for general stats: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/1220263/general-browser-display-statistics

Basically, you can get the window AND screen/monitor size with some work.

  • +1 for the CSS tricks article, its one of the best done studies on relevant available space. At least IMHO, I have thought so for a long time. – Garet Claborn Jun 16 '14 at 8:06
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Google Analytics now records a dimension called "Browser Size". It doesn't appear to be suggested by the UI anywhere, but it's available for use in e.g. custom reports, secondary dimensions, and custom segments.

Google Analytics → Audience → Mobile → Overview → Secondary dimension: Browser Size

A team at Mozilla has written guidance on extracting this data to plot a histogram of browser widths.

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