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The text that appears in empathy chat windows is quite small, even though I have set the font DPI to a large value in Preferences > Appearance. There does not appear to be any option to make this larger so that I can read what other people are sending me easily. I've been using pidgin in the meantime because it is a little better in this respect.

I would be grateful for any tips on how to increase the text size in empathy chat windows, even if this involves clever .gtkrc-2.0 hacks. Thanks!

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Empathy uses adium themes, so what you would need to do is install/edit an adium theme to make the text larger.


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The first link was the most useful for me. It provides a list of some empathy themes. The *.AdiumMessageStyle files are installed simply by copying them into ~/.local/share/adium/message-styles/. – user8979 Apr 13 '11 at 20:06

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