I am looking for an equivalent of the following gnome setup, in KDE:

Under gnome+X11, I can get instant scaling of gnome apps, KDE apps and chrome/chromium (>v49) when plugging my high-dpi monitor (27" 4K) by running:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface text-scaling-factor 1.4

Note that (in a neophyte's words) this is not doing framebuffer-level scaling (that would be gnome's scaling-factor), it' only telling the toolkits to use bigger fonts (images are not affected).

This gets picked-up instantly by gnome, qt, chrome. Other aps, like Intellij IDEs or Firefox need a restart (for Firefox I could script in a change of layout.css.devPixelsPerPx).

On the other hand, in KDE, both Plasma "Displays - Scale Display" and "Fonts - Force fonts DPI" settings require a restart of all apps including the same KDE apps which autodetected the gnome scaling change!!

This may be due to the KDE-GTK theme picking up the gnome setting, but still, it means Qt can redraw the interface in response to the change.

Am I overlooking something? Can I modify the same low-level setting underlying the gnome one, from KDE? Is there something that can be improved in KDE code to improve the situation?

I ran through Arch and Debian doc without success.

  • Are you using KDE with X11 or wayland?
    – 111---
    Mar 21, 2018 at 14:48
  • I tested under x11 since it's fedora's default (and kde-wayland is not recommended for everybody yet?) I use wmctrl, xclip etc but could switch if needed.
    – eddygeek
    Mar 22, 2018 at 16:35
  • I am not sure how you can get what you want from KDE + X11 but I believe that the scaling is immediate in KDE with Wayland.
    – 111---
    Mar 23, 2018 at 12:00

1 Answer 1


Running kwin --replace & in a terminal seems to help at least with newly started applications.

In addition one can throw in a:

kquitapp5 plasmashell
kstart5 plasmashell

Ideas from: https://askubuntu.com/questions/481329/can-i-restart-the-kde-plasma-desktop-without-logging-out

See also: https://askubuntu.com/questions/878023/how-do-i-change-display-scaling-dynamically

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