Recently, I got a new wide screen monitor and had to change my desktop size. Now when I log in, the font size for window titles, buttons, task bar items, etc. is too big. In fact, sometimes it is larger than the container holding the text. Problem is, this is a work computer and I do not have writable access to /etc. Can I change the font settings for my own user account? If so, how? Thanks!


Fonts are configured in system settings, not in /etc.

Btw. your problem might actually be a miss-configured DPI. Just force the DPI to 96.

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    "are configured in systems settings, not in /etc"… you got me lost. So KDE developers did dare call their users settings "system settings"?! – Stéphane Gimenez Aug 16 '11 at 13:41
  • @Stéphane Yes, both Gnome and KDE settings are called system settings. This is actually causing file name collisions regularly :-) – Šimon Tóth Aug 16 '11 at 13:45
  • Thanks. Everywhere I found when searching Google talked about modifying some file in /etc. – steveo225 Aug 16 '11 at 14:13
  • If you continue with problems with the size of the fonts, change the value in "Force fonts DPI". – Rufo El Magufo Aug 16 '11 at 17:54
  • the system defaults can be changed globally in /etc too. – xenoterracide Aug 17 '11 at 17:46

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