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14th March 2011, 01:37 PM
Hi, how can I change the dpi in Gnome 3? I can't find a Option in dconf- or gconf-editor......?
14th March 2011, 05:27 PM
would love to have answer to that as well.
15th March 2011, 05:34 PM
Not sure what the 'official' way to do in is, but if you put a line:
(adjusting the 120 to your taste) and restarting X (log out and back in for example) you can change the settings (NB this will affect everyone and every desktop environment).
I'm sure there is a more user-friendly way of doing it as well!
15th March 2011, 05:55 PM
I tried some values and it never changed anything... Maybe /etc/Xresources is overwritten by another config file?
16th March 2011, 09:31 AM
same problem, /etc/X11/Xresources doesn't work
16th March 2011, 03:41 PM
Gnome doesn't like to honour those values, hasn't for sometime.
Only a small handful of programs still do, like xterm and maybe emacs.
16th March 2011, 09:40 PM
Interesting. Works for me for Firefox, Skype, emacs and kde apps (under fluxbox at the moment).
You can check whether it is being set somewhere else by commenting out the line you just added and then doing:
xrdb -query | grep dpi
If there is a value then it is being set elsewhere.
You can always do "startx -dpi 120" or so. Or find the proper way to do it, whatever that is!
17th March 2011, 07:07 PM
GNOME does use the X server DPI value. It does not override it.
18th March 2011, 09:41 AM
18th March 2011, 10:06 PM
@ganlu I have written in my first post, that I can't find this option in the dconf-editor.....
20th March 2011, 10:34 PM
As far as I can tell, GNOME3 does not have a DPI setting anymore. Instead, you must use dconf-editor to change the following key (I found it by looking/searching through dconf-editor):
I hope there's going to be some sort of user interface to replace the missing "Appearance" panel for gnome-control-center and provide an easier/more discoverable way to set this property...
21st March 2011, 08:15 PM
I know. You can also change the text-scaling-factor in gnome menü to 1,25. But this is not the same like a dpi change.....
5th May 2011, 08:32 AM
Here is a solution for nvidia users: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Xorg#Setting_DPI_manually
If you use Nvidia card, you can manually set the DPI adding the options bellow on /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf (inside Device section):
Option "DPI" "96 x 96"
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