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I use XFCE 4.8. I'd like new terminal windows to be wider by default (when I start a new terminal instance), but can't find where to configure this. Do you happen to know?

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open ~/.config/Terminal/terminalrc change the line with MiscDefaultGeometry, to (for example): MiscDefaultGeometry=X*Y*Z to your default size

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This is not working at xfce 4.10. New terminals totally ignores this setting – palmic May 17 '13 at 9:26

@palmic is correct, in xfce 4.10 the ~/.config/Terminal/terminalrc is ignored. Instead, configure .config/xfce4/terminal/terminalrc. It has the same syntax.

More information in docs for xfce4-terminal(1) in ENVIRONMENT section.

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great, thank you – Alp Sep 4 '13 at 8:09

The default geometry can be set in the menu: Preferences > Appearance : Opening New Window : Default Geometry columns/ rows

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Right click the terminal Icon on the panel and choose Properties. In dialog windows that opens choose the edit icon (bottom icon which looks like a pencil with three dots). Another dialog box will open choose Command box and change from lxterminal to

lxterminal --geometry=95x20

or what ever size columns and rows you like

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On Ubuntu 14.04 setting the options via "preferences" window didn't work for me.

Window height is not honored.

Editing the config file did work.

Config file location. ~/.config/xfce4/terminal/terminalrc

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