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I'm wondering what screen dimensions Google Instant Preview takes a snapshot of your website at e.g 1024px x 768px...?

http://sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/faq-instant-previews

FYI: I'm building a "responsive design" layout. Wonder if others like Yahoo or Bing take screenshots? And what dimensions they too use...

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After a little bit of testing, the preview appears to use a screen width of around 1000 pixels, so it is very likely it uses 1024 as a base.

I checked Wikipedia, which uses a fluid layout. Judging by the scale of the thumbnail it used around 1000 pixel width (you can check more accurately yourself if you like).

I checked CSS-Tricks.com which uses a responsive layout, and the thumbnail shows the second version down (main content and one column on right). That layout appears in the range 920px to 1200px.

For fixed-width designs, the screenshot is taken at or above the fixed width and cropped to that width. I don't know of a design with a fixed width higher than 1024 but if you do, give it a try!

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Thank you! I really appreciate you went and tested real world examples. This is how I was going to try and find an answer myself. If anyone posts a Google documented source for this information I'll probably accept their answer; but for now your "field testing" is a great answer. –  Chris Jacob Apr 27 '11 at 4:22

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