I am running Ubuntu 19.10 on an old laptop with max resolution of 1366x768.

Is there a way to scale down gnome below 100%? I have already set text scaling to .90 and reduced the dock icon size to 36.

Is this feature available in other window managers?


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try with xrandr --output HDMI --scale 0.75x0.75 being HDMI your output from the list xrandr --listmonitors and 0.75 the wanted factor.

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    It makes everything blurry. However if I do the same on Unity Desktop (which supports doing this through a GUI), the scaling works perfectly. Apr 20, 2021 at 11:27
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    this is corecct: xrandr --output HDMI --scale 1.2x1.2
    – ArMo 372
    Jul 8, 2021 at 6:05

I'm running Debian 11. I tested this in RockyLinux - which is a CentOS splinter - and it worked.

At a terminal prompt enter:

xrandr --listmonitors

The output will look something like this:

Monitors: 1
 0: +*LVDS-1 3620/309x2036/174+0+0  LVDS-1

In the output the end bit is your video output. In my case it's "LVDS-1"

In a terminal enter:

sudo nano /etc/xdg/autostart/.desktop

Enter the below bit of info changing the LVDS-1 to what ever the output was from your system.

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=xrandr --output LVDS-1 --scale 2.65x2.65

Reboot your system and you should be set.

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