Window/Font sizes tiny???

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Window/Font sizes tiny???

Post by ljj28 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:24 am

Hi,

I've just started using a laptop running Mint 18.2. The screen is 14'', the resolution 2560x1440. However I have one problem: everything is very tiny. I've changed this on Firefox by setting a minimum font for all webpages and of course I can zoom into open office pages, etc. - but would there be a way of changing the basic set-up so everything everywhere would be proportionally larger?

I'd be very grateful for any help.

Thanks.

Lisa

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Re: Window/Font sizes tiny???

Post by Moem » Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:26 am

Hello Lisa,
What is the exact version (desktop environment) of Mint 18.2 that you are running? Answers will be different depending on that.
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Re: Window/Font sizes tiny???

Post by Flemur » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:44 am

ljj28 wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:24 am
would there be a way of changing the basic set-up so everything everywhere would be proportionally larger?
Look into changing the monitor "DPI":
https://www.maketecheasier.com/how-to-h ... -in-linux/
"How to Handle a Hi-Dpi Screen in Linux"
Please edit your original post title to include [SOLVED] if/when it is solved!
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Re: Window/Font sizes tiny???

Post by nelis_259 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:27 pm

Hi Lisa, Had the same problem with firefox text. Much too small font every time changing websites. After a long search i found this solution.
Open new tab in firefox:
type : about:config
This will give you a warning but you can proceed.
Locate : font.size.systemFontScale
double click the entry en set zoomfactor. (By default = 100)
close tab.

Good luck
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Re: Window/Font sizes tiny???

Post by ZakGordon » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:29 am

What is it with current manufacturers putting such huge resolutions in such small screen space? We had this exact same question a week or so ago (same screen size and native resolution).

My first step would be to try going into Menu>Preferences>Display and change the default 2560x1440 to something like 1920x1080 then see how it looks. Keep adjusting until you are happy you can use your screen properly. You can also look in 'Preferences' for 'Icons' and that will allow you to change their size for further customization should you need it.
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Re: Window/Font sizes tiny???

Post by shawnhcorey » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:49 am

ljj28 wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:24 am
Hi,

I've just started using a laptop running Mint 18.2. The screen is 14'', the resolution 2560x1440. However I have one problem: everything is very tiny. I've changed this on Firefox by setting a minimum font for all webpages and of course I can zoom into open office pages, etc. - but would there be a way of changing the basic set-up so everything everywhere would be proportionally larger?

I'd be very grateful for any help.

Thanks.

Lisa

Under the Look and Feel menu, select Appearance. There is a Fonts tab that allows you to change the default font size. This will work for many apps.

This does not work for apps based on Qt (example VLC). To change Qt default fonts, you have to download a package called qt4-qtconfig. Open a terminal and type:

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sudo apt-get --yes install qt4-atconfig
Enter your password and the package will be installed. There should be a new menu item under Look and Feel called Qt 4 Settings. This will allow you to change the default fonts for Qt apps.
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