Historically, computers have had three main methods of displaying information for the user. When computers were first invented, they used physical media, such as punch cards, to receive commands and output results. Eventually, the invention of the screen enabled interactive graphical interfaces. For a long time, screens used a 4:3 aspect ratio, meaning they were almost square. Later though, the “widescreen” 16:9 aspect ratio became more popular and now dominates the market.
However, the earlier ubiquity of the 4:3 aspect ratio has left lasting effects on the design of many things, including websites. With static systems like video games developed before 16:9 was popular, you’d expect them to be limited to 4:3 resolutions. However, with dynamic systems such as websites, especially new ones, you’d expect them to adapt to fit modern displays. In fact, there’s a whole concept of web design called “Responsive web design.” This aims to specifically design websites to automatically adjust appearance based on the size of the browser window.
Despite this, the Bitwarden web vault defaults to only ever being 980 pixels wide, no matter how wide your monitor is. This looks quite silly on a 1080p monitor as a huge amount of space is wasted on either side of the content. Thankfully, however, Bitwarden offers an option for its web vault that enables a responsive design mode intended for widescreens.
Tip: The wider the monitor, the more ridiculous a width restriction like this appears. For a 4K monitor or an ultrawide, this effect will be powerful.
How to Enable Widescreen Support in the Bitwarden Web Vault
To configure your web vault settings, you first need to sign in to the web vault. Once you’ve signed in, switch to the “Settings” tab, and click on “Options” in the column on the right. To enable widescreen support, tick the checkbox at the bottom of the page labeled “Enable full-width layout.” Once you’ve ticked the checkbox, click “Save” to apply the change. You should see the setting apply right away, stretching the area the content uses much wider than it was before.
Websites generally look better when they make good use of the available space. By following the steps in this guide, you can enable widescreen support in the Bitwarden web vault.