Is it possible to change the font or at least the font size of text in Unity's indicator panel (for things like the clock and system indicator monitor) without changing Application Font size from the Appearance Preferences > Fonts settings? I'm using a small monitor and I'd like just a wee bit more space for the global applications menu.


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This not the best way as it involves changing the size for all applications, but it's the only way I know.

  • Press Alt + F2 and type gnome-appearance-properties.
  • Start the Appearance Preferences application from the search result.
  • Go to the Fonts tab.
  • Change the Application Fonts font settings.
  • I had already made the application fonts size as small as I was comfortable with, and was hoping for a panel-specific option to make that font one size smaller. I'll edit my question to reflect this. Thanks for trying though. May 27, 2011 at 23:49
  • Why on earth would you suggest alt+F2 and a long command? There's such a thing as the global menu.
    – user6658
    Jul 23, 2011 at 2:21
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    @Chauncellor Feel free to post a better answer.
    – htorque
    Jul 23, 2011 at 6:05


Install via the software center

In the Fonts section of MyUnity, you can set the System, Desktop, and Window Title fonts to configure this.

picture of the font section

  • I'm getting no sources available on this?
    – dmp
    May 17, 2012 at 23:46

MyUnity isn't yet available for 12.10, so you might want to try gnome-tweak-tool if you're using that. gnome-tweak-tool of course will only work for changing system-wide default fonts.

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