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I was trying to find the perfect font size and shrank the font to zero. now all the fonts in apps and menus are so tiny the dont even show with zoom. How can I fix this? Ubuntu 12.04 Gnome. I tried tabbing through advanced settings hitting ctrl&+ and managed to change window fonts. Too bad they are exactly where I want them.

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Open a terminal with Ctrl-Alt-T keyboard shortcut and copy paste this command below and hit enter to execute it:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface font-name 'Ubuntu 11'
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Terminal responds with gsetting: command not found – user94527 Oct 4 '12 at 14:24
It is gsettings not gsetting – Anwar Shah Oct 4 '12 at 14:25
i copied directly from your post and drug it to terminal. – user94527 Oct 4 '12 at 14:26
What version of Ubuntu are you using? – Anwar Shah Oct 4 '12 at 14:27
for whatever reason i had to use manual input. that got it. much thanks. – user94527 Oct 4 '12 at 14:29

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