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Posted 2 Jan 2013

Getting Available Resolution from Server Code in ASP.NET C# and JavaScript

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I will demonstrate how to easily get the available screen size using PageMethods and ASP.NET


I will demonstrate how to easily get the available screen size using PageMethods and ASP.NET

Sometimes it may be useful to get the screen resolution or available height/width of the screen from server code, especially if you need to resize controls from server side.

I decided to write this because I have seen terrific things to retrieve screen resolution, such as a page which redirects to another page.


This post simply uses PageMethods to retrieve user window available size.

Using the Code

The first thing to do is to add a ScriptManager to our page, and tell it to accept page Methods.

<asp:ScriptManager ID="ScriptManager1" runat="server" EnablePageMethods="True">

After that I will have my server control which fires the JavaScript on the OnClientClick.

As the OnClientClick gets fired before the server event, we can easily get our screen resolution.

<asp:Button ID="btnGetScreenResolution" runat="server" 
OnClick="btnGetScreenResolution_Click" Text="Get Screen Resolution" 
OnClientClick="getScreenResolution();" />

So what is the JavaScript like? In fact, quite simple:

<script type="text/javascript">
    function getScreenResolution() {
        PageMethods.setResolution(window.innerWidth, window.innerHeight);

And last but not least, to use PageMethods I need three things :

  1. A ScriptManager with EnablePageMethods to true
  2. The method must be static
  3. The method must have the [WebMethod] attribute

In this case I have created a base page (so my default.aspx pages inherits from the base page), with the following C# code:

Code for basepage.cs

using System.Drawing;
using System.Web.Services;
..omited for briefty
public static Size ScreenResolution
            return (Size)HttpContext.Current.Session["ScreenResolution"];


    public static void setResolution(int width, int height)
        ScreenResolution = new Size(width, height);

Note that in the above code I’ve used the Size element from System.Drawing namespace.

And finally we display the result. You’ll notice that I call the ScreenResolution variable from the base page with inheritance:

public partial class _Default : basepage 
    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)

    protected void btnGetScreenResolution_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        Response.Write(string.Format("Your screen available size is {0} by {1}", ScreenResolution.Width, ScreenResolution.Height));

So, this wasn’t difficult, was it? And if you want to test and resize the window, it will work!


So we’ve seen a very basic example of how PageMethods, plus some other tricks can help us to get JavaScript code from server side.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Software Developer (Senior) Messages S.A.S
France France
I am Web Developer at Messages, a printing company in Toulouse, France. I particularly enjoy ASP.NET MVC, JQuery, Silverlight...I have over 10 years experience in developing software, always using Microsoft Technologies.

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QuestionScript does not work. HttpContext.Current.Session["ScreenResolution"] returns Null Pin
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