Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I want to resize my web browser to be a higher resolution than my screen.

I remember being able to do this in Windows 95 by setting the desktop resolution higher than the monitor resolution. How can I do it in Ubuntu?

share|improve this question
up vote 3 down vote accepted

This answer describes actually how to increase the whole desktop resolution beyond physical resolution and not only a specific window:

Panning viewport

If you want to have a panning viewport, i.e., a virtual screen that's bigger than your physical screen that moves when you move the mouse to the edge ("zoomed in" view) specify the desired physical resolution with --mode and the virtual screen size with --fb and panning area (typically same as virtual screen size) with --panning. For example,

xrandr --output VGA1 --rate 60 --mode 800x600 --fb 1280x1024 --panning 1280x1024*



share|improve this answer

Try "sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager" ...that should get you compiz

Watch Out the highlighted area in the image

After you installed it open the compiz and you will be shown up with this window Go to the Accessibility->Magnifier and you can set your shortcut to make it work

Compiz window manager

share|improve this answer
Are there any side effects to doing this that I should know about? Also, the Ubuntu instructions on the page you linked to are for Ubuntu 7.10. Do you think I should follow those? – ændrük May 4 '12 at 14:03

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.