I've been finding fonts on the internet and installing them on my system.
What's the easiest way to change my fonts? I would prefer an easy to use graphical way, but answers with command line recommendations are also welcome.
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The latest Ubuntu uses GNOME Shell. You can change the fonts using the "GNOME Tweaks" (
Install the program using Ubuntu Software:
And change the font and font size.
For Unity interface users, customisation of fonts can be done using unity-tweak-tool
For Unity interface users, they have their own tweak-tool. Customisation of Fonts in 12.04 can be done through myunity
In Oneiric (11.10), I wasn't interested in installing GNOME Shell just to change font sizes. This will do it via command-line:
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface document-font-name 'Sans 10' gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface font-name 'Ubuntu 10' gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface monospace-font-name 'Ubuntu Mono 11' gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop font 'Ubuntu 10' gconftool --set /apps/metacity/general/titlebar_font 'Ubuntu Bold 10' --type STRING
The fontfaces are the same as in default Oneiric, but sized down to what looked like much more manageable sizes.
Right click on the desktop and select "Change Desktop Background" and then click the Fonts tab. Couldn't be easier!
(NB: After playing with these setting you may wish to reset your font configuration.)
You can also install DConf Editor ("dconf-tools" package [only a few KB]) from Ubuntu Software Center.
DConf Editor gives useful information for the selected parameter thanks to the fields "Summary" and "Description".
The old gnome-appearance-properties is not available under Ubuntu 11.10 and newer.
Aleksandar is correct. You can change the system font settings by installing gnome-tweak-tool (
sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool). However, it should be also noted that at this time, doing so also forces you to install all of GNOME-Shell, mutter, clutter, and about 20 other packages.
It's far from the end of the world, but it seems excessive just to change system fonts. (Confession: I did it anyway :).
I doubt it actually needs these things since the tool itself runs fine under Unity, however that's the way the package dependencies are currently set up.
Also note: The fact that you can't change the system fonts from "Appearance" any longer is not a design decision made by Ubuntu developers. These settings were removed from GNOME 3 by upstream GNOME. That this change appears in 11.10 is a result of the migration from GNOME 2.x to GNOME 3 libraries and tools.
If you install Ubuntu-Tweak, you can change the font settings from their own tab. It is not yet at a stable version however, so the general "use at your own risk" warning applies.
The benefit is: you don't need to install GNOME-Shell.
To install it, first add this PPA:
and then install ubuntu-tweak in the software center.
There is also another option, which is less "official", but works well. It is a font settings dialogue for the GNOME Control Center.
You can get it here: http://gnomefiles.org/content/show.php/GNOME+Font+Settings?content=146126
Per user in GTK3 3.17+ ...
This has worked for me, but I'm actually on GTK3 version 3.24.10. My research though indicates this has been a problem since 3.17.
gtk-font-name setting in
~/.config/gtk-3.0. The value should include the font name and size such as...
I couldn't find it either.
I came to the conclusion that installing an app called MyUnity was the most reasonable solution for now. In the Ubuntu Software Centre search for: MyUnity, or:
sudo apt-get install myunity
Once installed and launched, try tweaking the settings under "font."
Hope this helps.