Linux OS is said to be super customisable. But, how do I change the default font in Ubuntu? I could not find any easy method to do this. Some people suggested using dconf tool or Gnome tweak or Unity tweak tool.

Point is I want to do it manually so that I know how things work behind the screen.

OS: Ubuntu 13.04

  • Please mention whether you are using Gnome or Unity. If you're using Gnome, go for gnome-tweak-tool. For Unity, there's unity-tweak-tool. – nsane Jan 16 '14 at 7:09
  • As others have suggested, there are apps for it. But, what do they do behind the screens? – nitishch Jan 16 '14 at 10:28
  • possible duplicate of How do I change fonts and adjust their size? – Jorge Castro Mar 24 '14 at 14:14

Alternative to Unity Tweak Tool, you can use Dconf Editor which is pre-installed in 13.04.

After you open Dconf Editor, go to org > gnome > desktop > interface. Here you can see font-name, monospace-font-name, document-font-name, text-scaling-factor, etc.

To change titlebar font, you should go to org > gnome > desktop > wm > preferences where you can find titlebar-font.

You can also search for font and see all settings about fonts.

Dconf Editor

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  • I edited the question. – nitishch Sep 30 '13 at 13:10

To change the fonts, you can use the Gnome tweak tool. To install it, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

Once installed, run it, and click on fonts to change the default font. See image below.

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  • I edited the question to make it more clear – nitishch Sep 30 '13 at 13:11

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