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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.

Xfce 4.14

Xfce 4.14, introduced with MX-19, supports HiDPI scaling:

  1. Go to Settings Manager > Appearance > Settings > Window Scaling and select 2 as the scaling factor.
  2. Go to Settings Manager > Window Manager > Style and select Default-xhdpi in the theme box on the left.

These steps set 2x scaled resolution for Xfce and other GTK 3 apps. For different resolution options , check the Xfce Forum

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.

Applications sometimes have their own settings, so check if you are having problems.

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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6 thoughts on “High Resolution Displays”

  1. On Ubuntu I can use my high resolution laptop display. But Linux MX doesn’t support this still. I tried to change my OS to Linux Mint but i couldn’t because of this.

    There is a tweak that I can multiply everything (nornally 1.00) but when changed to 2.00 nothing is really sharp.

    Is there going to be a cure for this?

  2. why do you need to put a million options to change display/window settings and scatter them all in different sections ? You have Display menu, MX tweaks, Appearance, lightdm gtk, dconf editor, Nvidia display settings, … I bet there are more. All of those don’t even work, instead, these options are fighting each others.. makes no sense and is wasting my time. I do not care about most of these options anyways. All I need is a fresh install that will let me start working on my stuff. I have no idea why no one, and I mean, not a single distro dev out there gets it. Right now I am wasting my time trying to figure out xfce’s insanity but, I tried them all and it’s the same crap. KDE being the worst (I am never ever touching this insane DE again). There are all so bad… I install distro, install the right display drivers and BOOM, I have a nice broken distro to troubleshoot. Thank you so much again. Is “two monitors setup” so much to ask? Right off the bat, I got a screen with tiny tiny fonts and huge apps window, then my second monitor have huge fonts and tiny app window.. Ok fine, I can change a setting or two …. but nope, instead I have to do so much research about a bunch of crap that don’t even work. And to top it all off, once I settle for the the best config I could figure out (which is not good at all but couldn’t find how to do any better)… Next reboot, it’s all gone…. And now starts the madness again. You know, I understand donations is the least one can do to support a free distro / app. But with the amount of time I wasted running around in circles trying to figure out stuff I DO NOT CARE about …. is payment enough. Way more than enough. No I will not post logs, no I will not go on forum and ask. This is not some obscure edge case that should be troubleshooted at all, it’s basic functionality that doesn’t work. Try releasing something else that’s more than an alpha build for a change. So sick of broken garbage, I feel you should pay ME for using this crap. Of course this is never advertised, one always have to fall into the trap. Like a carrot at the end of the stick which never ends. Courtesy of Linux since 1991


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