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How to scale apps in Fedora 21?

asked 2015-01-28 07:27:25 -0500

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updated 2015-01-29 21:49:49 -0500

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Hi, I've installed Fedora 21 and I'm a bit lost in how to scale the apps (or fonts) to be bigger. This is my first time with a laptop that has hi DPI so the resolution is crazy big and the fonts are terribly small. When I tried Ubuntu I was able to simply change the scale option to 2 in the "Displays" setting. In Fedora I have no idea how to scale the screen.

It seems that gsettings is the answer, but I'm not familiar with the schemas. Thanks for any guidance.

  • 3200 x 1800 (16:9)
  • 13.3" screen
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answered 2015-01-28 09:40:09 -0500

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You can install gnome-tweak-tool

Yum install gnome-tweak-tool

There you can change fonts or you can go to the control panel look for universal access and set the big font On

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I've installed gnome-tweak-tool and I see that the gnome interface adjusts when I make changes. What I don't see changing is Chromium. Is it GTK or is that something else?

fergatron gravatar imagefergatron ( 2015-01-28 16:48:49 -0500 )edit

For what I read Chromium is not GTK dependant any more so that maybe the reason

aeperezt gravatar imageaeperezt ( 2015-01-29 15:08:02 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-01-28 09:40:37 -0500

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Have you tried gnome-tweak-tool ?

It allows you to change the font settings through simple GUI.

To install it, use the command:

sudo yum install gnome-tweak-tool
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answered 2015-01-28 12:24:00 -0500

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According to the HiDPI page on the ArchWiki:

For scaling most GNOME apps, you'd just enter the following command:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface scaling-factor 2

Swap the 2 for a 1 to switch back.

It's not a perfect solution as it doesn't cover everything but it should get most of what you want working. There are some additional options for different applications (such as web browsers) on that page as well. Worth trying out and seeing if it works for you.

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