I've just installed OpenSuse 13.2 on my xps13. The resolution is a whopping 3200 x 1800. Which causes the text to come up tiny... Any way for me to scale this without having to lower the resolution (I'd like to keep that for watching movies etc.).

update: I've changed the dpi setting of fonts, which was in system settings as an option. It help a lot already, but some applications and menus just don't adjust... See below:

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  • Set the fonts bigger, maybe? 16 to 20 would be nice I think.
    – McSinyx
    Jul 29, 2015 at 14:21
  • I tried that, but the windows remain tiny and the fonts pop out of their bars
    – dorien
    Jul 29, 2015 at 14:30
  • 1
    maybe something about dpi setting?
    – dorien
    Jul 29, 2015 at 14:30
  • 1
    Check out official community wiki page community.kde.org/KDE/High-dpi_issues
    – catemperor
    Jul 29, 2015 at 20:33
  • Heh. I had a similar reaction when I first bought a 2k monitor. I traded it in for a bigger 2k monitor...32 inches I think it was. Text was nicely sized then. :)
    – B Layer
    Aug 4, 2017 at 16:47

4 Answers 4


For KDE 5.28 on (K)ubuntu 16.04 (screenshots from Kubuntun 18.04), I've needed to set both Display scaling under System Settings → Display and Monitor → Display Configuration → Scale Display: Scale Display

And I've needed to set the font dpi manually under System Settings → Fonts → Force fonts DPI: Force fonts DPI

That helped for KDE applications, but also e.g. for Firefox and Chrome.

  • The fonts DPI is not needed in Kubuntu 18.04 anymore. Apr 11, 2019 at 20:26
  • Maybe I misunderstand KDE Plasma versioning, but the latest release as of writing the comment is 5.24. How does an answer from 2017 mention KDE 5.28? Perhaps "Plasma" is a completely new versioning system? Or perhaps this answerer simply made an error.
    – WD40
    May 3, 2022 at 13:34

With KDE 4 atleast you can adjust the font sizes (and/or DPI settings) in 'Application' > 'Fonts' enter image description here

To scale some other parts of the display, you can also change the icon size at 'Application' > 'Icons' as well. This is the method suggested for doing this in the Arch Wiki

Note you will need to restart the desktop and applications for it to take effect.

Another method (from the KDE Wiki), is to configure the X DPI settings:

Ideally the screen size (width and height of the monitor screen) is automatically detected using the monitor's EDID information. This may not work correctly or not be to the user's preferences. KDE currently lacks a convenient way to scale everything uniformly. Such a feature would also help to test proper scaling behaviour.


Modify the X server's settings. In /etc/X11/xorg.conf add DisplaySize and Option "UseEdidDpi" to the monitor section so that it looks somewhat like this:

Section "Monitor"
  Identifier   "Monitor0"
  VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
  ModelName    "Monitor Model"
  Option       "UseEdidDpi"    "false"
  DisplaySize  464 292

where the display size (width and height) is in millimeters. The DPI value is then calculated from these numbers and the monitor image's resolution in pixels. Use smaller numbers than the real dimension to simulate high DPI (make everything appear larger) or bigger numbers for low DPI (make everything appear smaller). The X server needs to be restarted for the changes to take effect.

To make things more interesting, many distributions these days do not create a /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, used to configure the X server, by default. The X configuration is automatically determined each time X is started. In most cases, this works well and there is no need to manually specify X configuration information. To create it, run as root

Xorg :1 -configure

then copy xorg.conf.new to /etc/X11/xorg.conf and modify it as shown above.

A similar method is also demonstrated on AU here.

KDE is made up of large amount of old components, which probably restrict the support available for DPI screens until the components are updated (list of things that need doing here) - some bits may be better in the new KDE 5 though.
However other desktop environments I think have supported HiDPI for a while, such as Gnome (since 3.10), you could try other DEs to see if support is better there. Under Gnome (and probably Gnome Classic as well), you should be able to adjust the scaling setting via Gnome Tweak Tool.

See also: Can Linux deal with ultra high resolution displays?

  • In fact, I changed the dpi settings on this page. The result is that many window sizes and boxes do not scale along, which makes for odd line breaks and things popping out of their boxes. It would be good to have a general dpi setting (not just for fonts)
    – dorien
    Jul 30, 2015 at 11:19
  • Thanks for the addition. I've tried this and things popped up too big. Mmmm maybe some of my display size was incorrect.
    – dorien
    Jul 31, 2015 at 11:01
  • [Kubuntu 16.04] I've changed ten xorg.conf settings and unfortunately not every program scale good. KDE panel, and kde apps are ok. Skype is also ok. But Firefox, Eclipse have still very small fonts.
    – s.paszko
    Dec 23, 2016 at 8:51
  • @s.paszko - I haven't tried since KDE plasma, but I think in KDE you still need to make sure settings are also done for GTK apps (look for "GTK..." in KDE settings or login a GTK desktop and try there). KDE uses QT for the interfaces - I am used to doing the opposite for KDE apps such as K3B in Gnome/Xfce). Gnome can do DPI scaling using the tweak tool program but I am not sure if this works outside of Gnome.
    – Wilf
    Dec 23, 2016 at 19:43

The best solution of scaling I found so far - is just set resolution to lower (2k instead of original 4k of my laptop). I don't see any blurriness - it is exactly the same as with my 2k display laptop, maybe even better. So my first advice - just lower your resolution.

I'm using plasmashell 5.8.7

  • Not quite the same when watching blueray. Extreme sharpness is the point of this screen right :) hope they fix it soon.
    – dorien
    Aug 4, 2017 at 16:26
  • I have two dell XPS 9560 laptops in front of me, one with 2k and one with 4k. 2k is less precise than 4k, for sure. But downscaled not worse than original 2k, it's the same or even little bit better. And definitely much better for work, than all the scaling settings, because most applications doesn't support them well. Aug 4, 2017 at 23:34
  • I see. Interesting!
    – dorien
    Aug 5, 2017 at 4:59

In my case, I have a 4K primary display and I use Vivaldi as my primary browser. I had installed a new version of KDE-Neon and my scaling was really bad, most text was super tiny. I fixed it by unticking Force Font DPI in my system settings. It may only apply to newer versions though.

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