Change screen size
knaak at iqo.uni-hannover.de
Tue Jul 12 23:52:12 CEST 2016
On 12. Juli 2016 John Culleton <John at wexfordpress.com> wrote:
> The default screen size on my 22 inch monitor
> renders text too small for my 83 year old eyes.
> so on my Slackware machine I use a script to
> change the size:
> xrandr --output VGA1 --mode 1024x768
> I have just installed SUSE 42.1 on my other
> computer and specified xfce of course.
> Is there a way on that other computer to just
> make the change in screen size automatic using
> XFCE itself to make the change?
To do exactly the same as the xrandr command, you may adjust the
settings --> display --> resolution
However, this has some side effects. Among others, it messes with the
aspect ratio of the content.
I would recommend a different approach: Dupe xfce into thinking that
the monitor has a very high pixel density (DPI). It will scale fonts to
more pixels to compensate. DPI can be set in
settings --> appearance --> fonts --> custom DPI setting
Since the DPI setting affects only text, you might also want to
increase the size of the mouse pointer. This can be set in
settings --> mouse and touchpad --> theme --> size
You may have to log out and back in to see the effect.
Icons in the panel scale automatically with panel size.
The size of icons on the desktop can be increased in
settings --> desktop --> icons --> icon size
This is also the place where to change the font size of the text below
The size of icons in the file manager can be set in thunar itself:
* type [ctrl-+] to increase icon size in the main section
* go to edit --> preferences --> side_pane to change the size of icons
in the side panel
For the size of icons in applications go to
settings --> settings-editor(*) --> xsettings(*)
(*)= at the very bottom
and change the variable "ToolbarIconSize" to something larger. E.g. 5
These settings seem quite a hassle when compared with a simple setting
of the display resolution. But I'd say, the result is worth the
effort. Your XFCE desktop will look as intended, just with increased
text and icons.
Kai-Martin Knaak knaak at iqo.uni-hannover.de
Universität Hannover, Inst. f. Quantenoptik tel: +49-511-762-2895
Welfengarten 1, 30167 Hannover fax: +49-511-762-2211
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