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What are the steps you need to adapt Ubuntu on a fresh installed Laptop with a high resolution display?

I have a display with 3200x1600px on only 11'' which is all realy tiny.

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There are some steps to take:

1. System wide Menu and titlebar scaling

Starting with 14.04 we have an option that helps a bit:

Scaling Support

open the System Settings (here in english:)

LANG=c unity-control-center

Go to "Displays" and set the "Scale for menu and title bars":

system settings scale system wide

see also: How to find and change the screen DPI?

2. Universal Access

Go to "Universal Access" (unity-control-center universal-access) and select "Large Text"

3.increase unity dock size

In unity-control-center->Appearance->Look at the botom, you can adjust the size

4. adapt Firefox

see: Adjust Firefox and Thunderbird to a High DPI touchscreen display (retina)

(or use Chrome, which works fine since Version 41.0.2272.76 Ubuntu 14.10)

5. increase font in Pidgin

There is a plugin you can install

sudo apt-get install pidgin-extprefs

Then you can increase the font in Plugins->Extended Prefs

6. create starter for applications that still don't scale

Some applications still don't obey the global scaling (mainly java) for those few applications you can create a starter to only Fix scaling of java-based applications for a high DPI screen

in older Ubuntu versions, with unity-tweak-util in the section "Fonts" you can set the "Text Scaling Factor" to 2.0. This will scale the fonts in most applications to double size.

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Go to System Settings and then to displays. Look for "Scale for menu and title bars." then drag the slider to whatever size you want.

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Cool this works, for a screenshot see: How to find and change the screen DPI? – rubo77 Jun 19 '14 at 8:01

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