CTRL+ALT+T and then
Menu: Edit > Profile Preferences > gives you this dialog:
Terminal settings; 160 columns

NOTE: This defines the INITIAL size of the Terminal window.

With this settings (which is similar to what I used in 14.04) doesn't make the terminal be 160 columns, but in Terminal 3.18.3 I see:

Linux wkbx 4.4.0-34-generic #53-Ubuntu SMP Wed Jul 27 16:06:39 UTC 2016 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux           
.bash_aliases executed in 0 seconds. tty has 113/64 columns/lines.

Note the last sentence, as output from.

echo "tty has $(tput cols)/$(tput lines) columns/lines."

NOTE: I have no trouble resizing but wish to have it way larger without the "mouse fiddling".
No setting above 113 is obeyed - I wish for a remedy.
Is there REALLY a legitimate REASON for the limit?

Whatever I google turns up non-relevant info, I'm out of ideas.

Dragging out for a larger window,

$ echo "tty has $(tput cols)/$(tput lines) columns/lines."
tty has 213/64 columns/lines.

maximizing window

$ echo "tty has $(tput cols)/$(tput lines) columns/lines."
tty has 283/83 columns/lines.

and smaller again

$ echo "tty has $(tput cols)/$(tput lines) columns/lines."
tty has 96/34 columns/lines.
  • Is your terminal window itself more than 113 columns? – Kaz Wolfe Nov 14 '16 at 21:00
  • Nope, it comes up sized as indicated by the text above. 113 columns max, regardless of what I change "160" to (larger than 112). – Hannu Nov 14 '16 at 21:01
  • Correction. I mean the window of the emulator itself, not the size defined in settings. – Kaz Wolfe Nov 14 '16 at 21:02
  • The window is 113 columns max. – Hannu Nov 14 '16 at 21:04
  • Not to invalidate your question, just an observation: on my 16.10 I get the results you expected. – guntbert Nov 14 '16 at 21:05

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