[svlug] Font Sizes in Gnome

Bill Kendrick nbs at sonic.net
Thu Jul 28 23:06:13 PDT 2005

On Thu, Jul 28, 2005 at 03:58:35PM -0700, Margaret Wendall wrote:
> Hi!
> As some of you know, I've been having cataract surgery this summer, and I 
> have a hopefully temporaty problem with the screen font size in Ubuntu 
> (Gnome desktop)

I don't have much Gnome stuff installed, and therefore don't have any
real Gnome configuration interface, but a quick Google found a few
interesting hints:


  "The Configuration Editor, technically known as GConf-editor is a
  special tool to change hidden settings within GNOME. They are usually
  hidden because they are not missed by non-power users but power users
  may appreciate them."

It includes a screenshot which happens to have a boolean (checkbox) item
called "accessibility."  No idea what it does, but it might be of use.

The Gnome developer site has an Accessibility site
("Disability access to GNOME"), here:


It has links to some themes.  No idea what they are, it just seems
to point to an FTP site.  It really looks developer-centric, so I'm
having a hard time finding any information useful to YOUR exact needs
within the 5 secs I give myself to look up and down the page. ;^)

... more googling ...

Okay, I think the tool you want to run is called "gnome-font-properties" :^)

Seen here (one of the first images.google.com links was, ironically, a KDE
website ;^) )



Also... setting the DPI you want in X (and/or gnome-font-properties) should
change the font appearance, too, I think...  I don't know much about that.

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