I've been finding fonts on the internet and installing them on my system.
What's the easiest way to change my fonts? I would prefer an easy to use graphical way, but answers with command line recommendations are also welcome.
13.04 and later
For Unity interface users, customisation of fonts can be done using unity-tweak-tool
For Unity interface users, they have their own tweak-tool. Customisation of Fonts in 12.04 can be done through myunity
For gnome-shell/combined gnome-shell & unity users, this font customisation can be done through gnome-tweak-tool as described below.
For 11.10 and above (and GNOME users):
The move to gnome3 has streamlined many of the customisation features that were available in gnome2.
(Click here to install it)
For example - the picture below shows theme options as well as fonts customisation.
Unfortunately there is a special workaround for Firefox fonts if you wish to disable antialiasing. For that, you will need to run this command in a terminal:
Then replace "true" with "false", save the file, and restart Firefox.
For 11.04 and earlier:
Right click on the desktop and select "Change Desktop Background" and then click the Fonts tab. Couldn't be easier!
(NB: After playing with these setting you may wish to reset your font configuration.)
Aleksandar is correct. You can change the system font settings by installing gnome-tweak-tool (
It's far from the end of the world, but it seems excessive just to change system fonts. (Confession: I did it anyway :).
I doubt it actually needs these things since the tool itself runs fine under Unity, however that's the way the package dependencies are currently set up.
Also note: The fact that you can't change the system fonts from "Appearance" any longer is not a design decision made by Ubuntu developers. These settings were removed from GNOME 3 by upstream GNOME. That this change appears in 11.10 is a result of the migration from GNOME 2.x to GNOME 3 libraries and tools.
In Oneiric (11.10), I wasn't interested in installing GNOME Shell just to change font sizes. This will do it via command-line:
The fontfaces are the same as in default Oneiric, but sized down to what looked like much more manageable sizes.
If you install Ubuntu-Tweak, you can change the font settings from their own tab. It is not yet at a stable version however, so the general "use at your own risk" warning applies.
The benefit is: you don't need to install GNOME-Shell.
To install it, first add this PPA:
and then install ubuntu-tweak in the software center.
There is also another option, which is less "official", but works well. It is a font settings dialogue for the GNOME Control Center.
You can get it here: http://gnomefiles.org/content/show.php/GNOME+Font+Settings?content=146126
For Ubuntu 11.10 and newer
You can also install DConf Editor ("dconf-tools" package [only a few KB]) from Ubuntu Software Center.
To change fonts and/or their size
To change fonts hinting and/or antialiasing
DConf Editor gives useful information for the selected parameter thanks to the fields "Summary" and "Description".
The old gnome-appearance-properties is not available under Ubuntu 11.10 and newer.
Use Gnome Tweak tool
Install it using the below commands in the terminal.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak
Once installed goto Tweaks>>fonts
I couldn't find it either.
I came to the conclusion that installing an app called MyUnity was the most reasonable solution for now. In the Ubuntu Software Centre search for: MyUnity, or:
Once installed and launched, try tweaking the settings under "font."
Hope this helps.
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