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I am using Ubuntu 12.04. Recently, the font size for all of my TTYs became much larger. How can I change the font size back to the default?

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You mean the gnome-terminal or the TTY accessed with Ctrl+Alt+F1, etc.? – izx Aug 8 '12 at 0:35
I mean the TTY. – Aaron Hill Aug 8 '12 at 0:44
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To adjust the font/font-size used for the TTY, run sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup, which will guide you through the steps to choose a font and font-size:

  1. Choose the default UTF-8, and press Tab to go highlight OK and then press Enter to go to the next step. (You can press it again and highlight Cancel to go back.)

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  2. Choose the default Combined - Latin, ... option ("Latin" includes the English alphabet) and proceed to step 3:

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  3. Select the font - be sure to read the notes above on the visual effect different fonts can have:

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  4. Select the font size:

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  5. Now you will exit console-setup; as the displayed message says, the new settings will be effective after reboot. To apply immediately, open a TTY and run setupcon.

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Running this command first prompts me to select an encoding, where I choose UTF-8. On the next screen, where I am prompted to select a character set, there is no option for any kind of English character set. – Aaron Hill Aug 8 '12 at 0:55
You should be fine with the Combined - Latin... default. "Latin" is the English character set. From wikipedia: The term Latin alphabet may refer to either the alphabet used to write Latin (as described in this article), or other alphabets based on the Latin script, which is the basic set of letters common to the various alphabets descended from the classical Latin one, such as the English alphabet. – izx Aug 8 '12 at 1:01
Thank you!! It used to be impossible to do this. Really useful answer. – isomorphismes Jun 21 '14 at 13:47

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