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I have a 3200x1800 ultrabook and I would like to decrease the resolution of the screen 2x. The problem is that once I do it all the GUI elements increase in size too much

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Is there a way how to scale down the size of everything that Gnome Shell shows ?

  • What do you mean by decrease resolution ? You used a 1080p resolution ? – hg8 Sep 3 '15 at 8:34
  • sorry for not being precise ... by the decrease I mean from 3200x1800 to 1920x1080 – dawe134 Sep 3 '15 at 9:34
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Your best bet is to keep the 3200x1800 resolution and just change the interface scaling factor of GNOME.

Command line method:

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and execute :

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface scaling-factor 2

You can reset this setting later by running :

gsettings reset org.gnome.desktop.interface scaling-factor

Graphical method:

You can use the gnome-tweak-tool:

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool 

Go to "Windows" and set "Window Scaling" to 2:

gnome-tweak-tool screenshot
Credit to PCWorld for the screenshot

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    Thanks, it seems that this fixes the issue to some extent on my primary builtin 3200x1800 display. However, once I connect a secondary one which has a native resolution of 1920x1080 the secondary display shows the same issue. Setting the scaling factor to a lower value doesnt really improve the situation. – dawe134 Sep 3 '15 at 9:46
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    Screenshot of the current situation. The right part is the external display, the left is the builtin ultrabook display. – dawe134 Sep 3 '15 at 9:53
  • I tried to decrease the resolution of the primary display to the same resolution of the secondary and then setting the scaling-factor to a lower value but it seems that the scaling factor does not allow fractional values. – dawe134 Sep 3 '15 at 9:55
  • Please refer here – hg8 Sep 3 '15 at 9:59
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    THANKS! Although I have the gnome screen scaling bug the thread seems like a great resource. – dawe134 Sep 7 '15 at 15:31

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