I had originally thought of putting both screen shots in the discussion, but I didn't. I've always used a plain colored background or just had the picture repeat. I do my work on a widescreen laptop. My ex-husband gave me a monitor to hook up to the laptop so that I can see what other people would be seeing (the ones with regular screens). As for which one of these I prefer, I like them both. And if Hippy doesn't mind I'll use both.
I used to think my laptop had a widescreen. My daughter and I were in Office Depot the other day and I saw monitors that put the two of mine to shame. The "regular" monitor is 1024x768 and the lap top is 1366x768. You're getting a bigger view than me. This can actually make things quite interesting!!!