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High Resolution Displays

On higher resolution displays the default font settings are usually too small for comfortable reading. In addition some application specific elements are also small. This article details steps that can be taken to enlarge fonts and some application elements to accommodate higher resolution displays.

Fonts General

  1. In Settings Manager under Appearance and the Fonts tab, increase the DPI. You may also adjust font sizes to complement this setting.
  2. Left click on the clock in the panel and click Properties. Under Clock Options adjust the font size. After this adjustment a panel adjustment is required. See the next section Panel Adjustments.

Panel Adjustments

  1. To accommodate the increased clock font size, right click on the panel then Panel Preferences. Increase the row size so the clock can be seen fully.
  2. You may also want to increase the Notification icon size. Click on the arrow to the right of the Notification area, then Properties. Increase the Maximum icon size.

The XFCE desktop environment does not at present adapt automatically OOTB to HiDPI displays, so you’ll have to make some simple tweaks.

Open XFCE Terminal. Right click on the terminal and choose Preferences. On the Appearance tab adjust the font size.

To enlarge the size of the toolbar icons and bookmarks bar open a new empty page and type about:config in the address bar. Click on “I accept the risk”. Search for .layout.css.devPixelsPerPx. Double click on that entry and change the number to a value between 1.0 and 1.5. Start with 1.3 and adjust from there.

Google Chrome
To enlarge the size of the toolbar icons and bookmarks bar, right click on Google Chrome in the menu, then click on Edit Application. In the command block, edit the entry to look like this,

/usr/bin/google-chrome-stable –force-device-scale-factor=1 %U

The value shown, 1 in this case, can be adjusted.. The higher the number the larger the icons. A value of 1.5 gives a very large icon. So it is best to increment the value by tenths.

To adjust the icon size in the main window. from the menu click on View > Zoom. You can also adjust the shortcut and tree pane icons by clicking Edit > Preferences > Side Pane Tab.

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