I previously tried to use KDE with Awesome WM, and currently try just to use Awesome WM. I use a Vicious battery widget and nm-applet for networking. It works pretty well.

However, all my fonts are way too big. I assume that the ThinkPad X220 screen sets a resolution around 120 DPI which then causes all fonts to become bigger:


With KDE, I had the font resolution forced to 96 DPI, which worked well. When I start the KDE systemsettings and go into the fonts menu, change something and back again, some programs, like Dolphin and Firefox, will pick up the right font sizes. However, Konsole does not, and it does not make sense to me. See Konsole and Dolphin next to each other:


Another thing that changed, even when I log in with KDE+Awesome again, is that all fonts appear to be a little thinner. I guess that some anti-alias changed, but I have no idea what that was.

How can I get my fonts to behave normally?

  • What is the correct DPI of your monitor? – jasonwryan Dec 10 '13 at 19:49
  • It probably is 120, but I want it to be 96. I now call xrandr --dpi 96 and everything is fine again. – Martin Ueding Dec 10 '13 at 19:53
  • If you visit the site I linked to, it will tell you what it actually is; and then you can configure your system to display at the intended DPI and not have to use the xrandr workaround... – jasonwryan Dec 10 '13 at 20:15
  • My desktop screen has 94 DPI. The laptop has 130 DPI. But I do want around 96 on both! – Martin Ueding Dec 11 '13 at 16:55

Best way to achieve this kind of tuning is using Xresouces configuration.

for instance ~/.Xresources could look as:

Xft.dpi: 96.0
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