The following question answers how to Adjust fonts using tweak tool but the luddite in me would like to know how to do this without installing
How can I adjust the default system font from a terminal.
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gsettingsoffers a simple commandline interface to GSettings. It lets you get, set or monitor an individual key for changes.
You can set fonts by following commands in terminal :
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'
To Know current settings type following commands in terminal :
gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.interface document-font-name gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.interface font-name gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.interface monospace-font-name gsettings get org.gnome.nautilus.desktop font
To find all similar keys on schema type following command:
gsettings list-recursively org.gnome.desktop.interface
To reset all valuses of keys run following command in terminal:
gsettings reset-recursively org.gnome.desktop.interface
You can use
dconf to change the default system font:
dconf write /org/gnome/desktop/interface/font-name "'NanumGothic Italic 11'"
To restore the original value:
dconf write /org/gnome/desktop/interface/font-name "'Ubuntu 11'"
Note: to check the current value, use the following command:
dconf read /org/gnome/desktop/interface/font-name
you could also try this answer:
this is an example; you can see a list of available fonts like this:
and should you for some reason not have them, you can install them like this:
sudo apt-get install fonts-ubuntu-font-family-console
note that you may need to put the setfont command in your .profile or .bashrc as it may need to be run upon every login