I have installed Lubuntu on a very old laptop, and it performs great! I know there is an option in Ubuntu unity desktop which allows changing the scale of what you see on screen. Since my old laptop is 1280×1024, I would like to scale things a bit down to get more real estate...but I could not find this option in LXDE.

I already tried smaller font size, but it is just not the right answer!

  • Is 1280x1024 your physical monitor size (in pixels) or just the resolution you are using? Check the output of xrandr to see if more dense pixelations are available.
    – user001
    Oct 31, 2017 at 8:18
  • Its the LCD's native resolution Oct 31, 2017 at 12:01
  • For me .Xdefaults worked in 21.04: stackoverflow.com/a/49875344 Jul 15, 2021 at 8:31

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There is an option to set global scale in LXDE.

Edit (or create) .Xresources in your home folder and set the dpi

Xft.dpi: 150

For my Dell XPS I have set it to 200 and works reasonably well


1280x1024 and you need to scale down? My desktop screen is that resolution and I still use Dejavu Sans size 11/12! But I have bad sight.

There's no global "scaling" in LXDE; you change font size (in lxappearance), or icon size in the panel's size parameters (right click the panel and choose the panel parameter entry).

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