To keep the story short: Out of curiosity I wanted to know how the scale option would look like with value 5.something. Now I'm stuck with a highly oversized system where I can't change anything (because the window, which seems to be fixed in size) is too large so that I could change the scale value.
I get to the window where I can change the screen options, but that window is too large so that I can see the or reach the scale function or even save it.

I have already tried to reset the value using ubuntu on my laptop and counting how many times I have to press the Tab-button and where to change things etc. Since the terminal works, I need a way to reset the scale value to 1 using the terminal. Any other idea that works is fine for me as well.

I'm using the 14.04.1 version.


In a terminal, run:

dconf reset /com/ubuntu/user-interface/scale-factor
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    +1 This also works with 16.04 – Elder Geek Apr 30 '18 at 20:21

It took me some time but it is working again. The solution:

  • Ctrl + Alt + T (open terminal)
  • sudo apt-get install dconf-editor (install dconf editor)
  • dconf-editor (open dconf-editor)
  • open path com -> ubuntu -> user-interface
  • change or reset the scale-factor to eg. 10 or 20 (depends on your system)

I know that the last step can be hard since you may don't see that much if you have a septup like mine (a small slit where you could only see like a few pixel of the text). On my system it's the only value in there though.

Sometimes the desktop can be a little bit wonky and flicker around so you better restart your system.

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  • There's like 6 different values in there. Setting them all to 10 seems to have worked; I think one for each monitor (probably includes my old monitors too). – mpen Jun 12 '15 at 16:17

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