Getting User Display Information

Mark Hertel mnh at
Wed Jun 30 20:33:57 CEST 2004

On Wed, 30 Jun 2004 12:10:45 -0400, Christopher T King <squirrel at WPI.EDU> wrote:
>> I was wondering if it was possible to get the screen display size and
>> other associated properties somehow either using python modules or if
>> possible using Tk methods.
> Using Tkinter:
> from Tkinter import Tk
> w=Tk()
> print w.winfo_screenwidth(),w.winfo_screenheight()
> w.destroy()
> There's a plethora of other information available as methods of the Tk 
> object (actually any Tkinter widget), including color depth, cursor 
> position, window manager type, etc.
> Note that this is actually creating a Tk window; calling its destroy() 
> method right after you've finished with it prevents it from appearing on 
> screen. Don't do this if you actually are creating a GUI with Tk.

Is there anyway to get the size of the available screen. I have things
like the status bar across the bottom of the screen (redhat) and I would
like to size my application so that it doesn't overlap it. 


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