Is there a way to change the size of the font in the chat/messaging used in Skype on Ubuntu? I'm using Skype Beta, and Ubuntu 11.10.

Currently the font is too small for me, and there doesn't seem to be any obvious was to change this in the Skype options.

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    A common complaint. If you have Compiz, you could make use of the magnifier plugin. I think it's enabled by default, and mapped to super key + scroll wheel. Don't remember keyboard keys. Otherwise, you can try complaining on Skype's message board, like many others have done. Don't know if that will help, though. Apr 24, 2012 at 23:26

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The below link helped me increase my font size for Skype 4.0 on Ubuntu ==> How to change font size in Skype 4.x?

Summarized content of the linked question

Install qt4-qtconfig:

sudo apt-get install qt4-qtconfig

run qtconfig, choose Gui Style to be Cleanlooks (for example), then save. Restart skype, and the new fonts will be applied. This does not work if the style is Desktop Settings.

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    – Oyibo
    Nov 16, 2012 at 13:11

Great solution if you use skypeforlinux - you can simply add --force-device-scale-factor attribute in the skypeforlinux startup command:

Open skypeforlinux in your favorite editor:

sudo nano /usr/bin/skypeforlinux


nohup "$SKYPE_PATH" --executed-from="$(pwd)" --pid=$$ "$@" > "$SKYPE_LOGS/skype-startup.log" 2>&1 &


nohup "$SKYPE_PATH" --force-device-scale-factor=1.3 --executed-from="$(pwd)" --pid=$$ "$@" > "$SKYPE_LOGS/skype-startup.log" 2>&1 &

That's it.

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