I am using Ubuntu 12.04. Recently, the font size for all of my TTYs became much larger. How can I change the font size back to the default?

  • You mean the gnome-terminal or the TTY accessed with Ctrl+Alt+F1, etc.? – ish Aug 8 '12 at 0:35
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    I mean the TTY. – Aaron Hill Aug 8 '12 at 0:44
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To adjust the font/font-size used for the TTY, run sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup, which will guide you through the steps to choose a font and font-size:

  1. Choose the default UTF-8, and press Tab to go highlight OK and then press Enter to go to the next step. (You can press it again and highlight Cancel to go back.)

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  2. Choose the default Combined - Latin, ... option ("Latin" includes the English alphabet) and proceed to step 3:

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  3. Select the font - be sure to read the notes above on the visual effect different fonts can have:

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  4. Select the font size:

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  5. Now you will exit console-setup; as the displayed message says, the new settings will be effective after reboot. To apply immediately, open a TTY and run setupcon.

  • Running this command first prompts me to select an encoding, where I choose UTF-8. On the next screen, where I am prompted to select a character set, there is no option for any kind of English character set. – Aaron Hill Aug 8 '12 at 0:55
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    You should be fine with the Combined - Latin... default. "Latin" is the English character set. From wikipedia: The term Latin alphabet may refer to either the alphabet used to write Latin (as described in this article), or other alphabets based on the Latin script, which is the basic set of letters common to the various alphabets descended from the classical Latin one, such as the English alphabet. – ish Aug 8 '12 at 1:01
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    @qed, in step #3, if you select Terminus instead of Fixed, there are larger font sizes to choose from. – Afilu Jul 18 '17 at 21:41
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    What if I want to use another font I downloaded instead of the ones listed? – tyjkenn Aug 30 '17 at 17:16
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    @tyjkenn You can only use bitmap fonts so if you want to use your own font then you have to find a bitmap version of it. For example the package fonts-ubuntu-font-family-console contains the bitmap versions of the ubuntu font-family. – hexman Dec 13 '17 at 14:48

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