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Make everything bigger

Post by helpmelearn » Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:29 pm

Hello All ... Total newbie with Linux and I know they're probably sticky or things I need to read which I will but for now, can someone just provide steps on how to make my screen bigger? I mean everything is too tiny for me to view. Under windows it would be called the taskbar where the Menu/clock is, that also is too tiny. Even when I use the Menu and select an option those boxes are tiny, Just need to make things bigger, can someone help, thanks

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Re: Make everything bigger

Post by gittiest personITW » Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:38 pm

Hi,
Welcome to the forums and well done for installing LM.
What flavour and version of LM are you using?

If you're not sure, go into terminal (start 'Menu' in bottom left of screen, then type in terminal , press Enter)
Copy / paste the following:

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inxi -v1
press enter, then copy/paste the output back here.
Good luck

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Re: Make everything bigger

Post by Spearmint2 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:03 pm

You can lower resolution settings, all things will get bigger. You can increase font sizes, and panel size.
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Re: Make everything bigger

Post by helpmelearn » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:27 pm

gittiest personITW wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:38 pm
Hi,
Welcome to the forums and well done for installing LM.
What flavour and version of LM are you using?

If you're not sure, go into terminal (start 'Menu' in bottom left of screen, then type in terminal , press Enter)
Copy / paste the following:

Code: Select all

inxi -v1
press enter, then copy/paste the output back here.
Good luck
You know just after I posted I knew I forgot to mention that part but I couldn't edit since I had to wait for Mod to allow it, but anyways I installed Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" - MATE (64-bit) ... I'm curious is there a setup guide for dummies for this Linux and I don't mean how to install but rather how to use the software and its setting? Thanks for the welcome ....

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Re: Make everything bigger

Post by helpmelearn » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:32 pm

ystem:
Host: OptiPlex-990 Kernel: 4.15.0-65-generic x86_64 bits: 64
Desktop: MATE 1.22.0 Distro: Linux Mint 19.2 Tina
CPU:
Quad Core: Intel Core i5-2400 type: MCP speed: 1596 MHz
min/max: 1600/3400 MHz
Graphics:
Device-1: AMD Redwood XT [Radeon HD 5670/5690/5730] driver: radeon
v: kernel
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: ati,radeon
unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: AMD REDWOOD (DRM 2.50.0 / 4.15.0-65-generic LLVM 8.0.0)
v: 3.3 Mesa 19.0.8
Drives:
Local Storage: total: 111.79 GiB used: 15.42 GiB (13.8%)
Info:
Processes: 162 Uptime: 2h 37m Memory: 3.81 GiB used: 426.1 MiB (10.9%)
Shell: bash inxi: 3.0.32

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Re: Make everything bigger

Post by catweazel » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:36 pm

gittiest personITW wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:38 pm

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inxi -v1
Just fyi, that command doesn't produce sufficient information, such as the BIOS date, and more. I suggest always using inxi -Fxz to avoid the need for people who can assist an OP having to ask for inxi output yet again.
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Re: Make everything bigger

Post by Grateful4Linux » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:39 pm

helpmelearn wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:29 pm
Hello All ... Total newbie with Linux and I know they're probably sticky or things I need to read which I will but for now, can someone just provide steps on how to make my screen bigger? I mean everything is too tiny for me to view. Under windows it would be called the taskbar where the Menu/clock is, that also is too tiny. Even when I use the Menu and select an option those boxes are tiny, Just need to make things bigger, can someone help, thanks
Sorry, I was typing this post before I saw that you are using Mate. I am using Cinnamon, so I don't know if what I wrote below applies. I'll leave it here in case it can help somebody else. (Or if I am wrong about what I wrote, since I'm a newbie, let me know and I'll remove it.)

I'm a newbie too, and most of my time setting up Linux Mint has been devoted to trying to make things bigger, so I totally relate.

Under System Settings --> Font Selection, I ended up setting my fonts to 11, but then setting the "text scaling factor" to "2".

I also went to Panel Settings (right-click on the panel at the bottom to choose Panel Settings), and set every option as large as possible.

And to increase the size of the scroll bars, I found the option in System Settings --> Themes --> Settings to adjust them by turning "Use overlay scroll bars" to OFF; "Override the current theme..." to ON; and adjusting the width. (I chose 14.) I still haven't been able to make the scroll bars big enough in Firefox or Libre Writer, but at least they are bigger in the other windows.

I hope this helps!
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Re: Make everything bigger

Post by Spearmint2 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:40 pm

All things go better with Mint. Mint julep, mint jelly, mint gum, candy mints, pillow mints, peppermint, chocolate mints, spearmint,....

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Re: Make everything bigger

Post by helpmelearn » Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:16 pm

Thanks for that though I already had that and it really doesn't have much when it comes to using Mate, it mainly in how to install linux and very little in how to use it. Isn't there a guide strictly on how to use the software for dummies?

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Re: Make everything bigger

Post by helpmelearn » Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:20 pm

System:
Host: OptiPlex-990 Kernel: 4.15.0-65-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc
v: 7.4.0 Desktop: MATE 1.22.0 Distro: Linux Mint 19.2 Tina
base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic
Machine:
Type: Desktop System: Dell product: OptiPlex 990 v: 01 serial: <filter>
Mobo: Dell model: 06D7TR v: A00 serial: <filter> UEFI: Dell v: A24
date: 07/02/2018
CPU:
Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i5-2400 bits: 64 type: MCP
arch: Sandy Bridge rev: 7 L2 cache: 6144 KiB
flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 24744
Speed: 1596 MHz min/max: 1600/3400 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1596 2: 1596
3: 1596 4: 1597
Graphics:
Device-1: AMD Redwood XT [Radeon HD 5670/5690/5730] vendor: ASUSTeK
driver: radeon v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.0
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: ati,radeon
unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: AMD REDWOOD (DRM 2.50.0 / 4.15.0-65-generic LLVM 8.0.0)
v: 3.3 Mesa 19.0.8 direct render: Yes
Audio:
Device-1: Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio
vendor: Dell driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0
Device-2: AMD Redwood HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5000 Series] vendor: ASUSTeK
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.1
Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.15.0-65-generic
Network:
Device-1: Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network vendor: Dell driver: e1000e
v: 3.2.6-k port: 4040 bus ID: 00:19.0
IF: eno1 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-2: Broadcom and subsidiaries BCM4360 802.11ac Wireless Network
Adapter
driver: wl v: kernel port: 3000 bus ID: 04:00.0
IF: wlp4s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:
Local Storage: total: 111.79 GiB used: 15.43 GiB (13.8%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Kingston model: SA400S37120G size: 111.79 GiB
RAID:
Hardware-1: Intel SATA Controller [RAID mode] driver: ahci v: 3.0
bus ID: 00:1f.2
Partition:
ID-1: / size: 109.04 GiB used: 15.42 GiB (14.1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
Sensors:
System Temperatures: cpu: 34.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: radeon temp: 34 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info:
Processes: 164 Uptime: 4h 27m Memory: 3.81 GiB used: 457.2 MiB (11.7%)
Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.4.0 Shell: bash v: 4.4.20
inxi: 3.0.32

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Re: Make everything bigger

Post by helpmelearn » Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:30 pm

Curious why would you need to know all that just to make my screen getting bigger and everything else that is related to Mint Mate software? I would think it would be just a matter adjusting some setting, no?

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Re: Make everything bigger

Post by catweazel » Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:48 pm

helpmelearn wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:30 pm
it would be just a matter adjusting some setting, no?
No, not necessarily. Also, it's standard to post that output when needing assistance with the OS.
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Re: Make everything bigger

Post by helpmelearn » Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:51 pm

catweazel wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:48 pm
helpmelearn wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:30 pm
it would be just a matter adjusting some setting, no?
No, not necessarily. Also, it's standard to post that output when needing assistance with the OS.
Oh okay, thanks .... Where might this be at because when I view menu I don't see it anywhere
Under System Settings --> Font Selection, I ended up setting my fonts to 11, but then setting the "text scaling factor" to "2".

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Re: Make everything bigger

Post by smurphos » Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:37 pm

helpmelearn wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:51 pm
Oh okay, thanks .... Where might this be at because when I view menu I don't see it anywhere
Under System Settings --> Font Selection, I ended up setting my fonts to 11, but then setting the "text scaling factor" to "2".
That was how to do it for Cinnamon rather than MATE.

For MATE.

The font settings are accessed via the Menu > Preferences > Appearance > Fonts tab

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The equivalent to text scaling on Cinnamon is to adjust the default DPI accessed via the Details button.

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Another way is to change the default screen resolution via Menu > Preferences > Display

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You can also quicly access all the settings applications via the Control Centre button in the menu.

Panel height you can change via right click on panel > properties
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Re: Make everything bigger

Post by pbear » Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:39 am

helpmelearn wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:16 pm
Isn't there a guide strictly on how to use the software for dummies?
smurphos has since answered your question in this thread. For general reference, take a look at Easy Linux Tips Project, the website of forum member Pjotr. It's an excellent resource. Just understand it's unofficial and not gospel.
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Re: Make everything bigger

Post by helpmelearn » Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:51 am

Yeah, I take it back the user guide does have a lot to offer and I have been reading from 20 to 50 and on from it. I already make some good changes, which I'm starting to really like, it's pretty cool ... Can someone tell me if it is possible to change this from pic ... I would like it if possible to have a space between the Menu and those other icons at the bottom. BTW Thanks to all for your help, much appreciated

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Re: Make everything bigger

Post by smurphos » Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:12 am

On the panel right click any icon and uncheck lock to panel. Then right click and press move. You can then adjust the positioning. Once done recheck lock to panel for that icon.
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Re: Make everything bigger

Post by helpmelearn » Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:20 pm

smurphos wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:12 am
On the panel right click any icon and uncheck lock to panel. Then right click and press move. You can then adjust the positioning. Once done recheck lock to panel for that icon.
Thank you!

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Re: Make everything bigger

Post by helpmelearn » Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:22 pm

How about this any way of making it bigger, more so at the top right corner? Thanks
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Re: Make everything bigger

Post by smurphos » Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:14 am

Your screenshot shows the Titlebar and a Menu bar from an application. The look of the titlebar depends on your Theme (specifically the Window Border element of the theme).

It looks like the Mint X theme from your screenshot. The Mint X Window border buttons will resize in line with the Titlebar font size (this doesn't apply to all themes)

E.g.

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If you don't want a massive title to get bigger buttons you can explore alternative themes or just use the Customise option to change just the Window borders. Hint - run apt install mate-themes in a terminal first to get more choice.

E.g.

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