I just upgraded to Ubuntu 16.04 from 14.04, and I use Unity.

The gnome-terminal seem to have lost options to control its appearance and it's very disappointing... :(

For example, I checked with screenshots from the previous version, the font appears wider: indeed for fontsize 11, I could fit 93 characters on a row using a half screen, whereas only 80 now...). I am pretty sure there was an option before to control the aspect ratio of the font, and personally I prefer to have more characters on a line...

Has it disappeared forever? Is there a workaround?

Also, now, there is the scrollbar on the right that does not disappear. How to get rid of it?

  • Edit > Profile Preferences, change as desired – doug Dec 12 '16 at 23:59
  • @doug There is not the setting I describe. – PlasmaBinturong Dec 13 '16 at 1:04
  • In 14.04 I see nothing about "aspect ratio of the font", just an option for using the system font or not. So in 16.04 which doesn't have this option set a custom font to suit (if possible). As far as removing scroll bar it's under the Scrolling tab. – doug Dec 13 '16 at 1:33
  • Ok thank you! I'll try to set a custom font. I found the scroll bar setting, didn't search enough... – PlasmaBinturong Dec 13 '16 at 9:57
  • Fontconfig has an aspect property ("Stretches glyphs horizontally before hinting") you can use in fonts.config, implying you can specify a value like 0.8 to increase the height:width ratio, but I can't get it to work. – Adam Katz Oct 26 '17 at 19:42

Oh, now I remember how I changed the font aspect ratio in previous Ubuntu versions. I used unity-tweak-tool, exactly as described in this answer (Under Appearance, Fonts, Text scaling factor). Then later I decided unity-tweak-tool was kind of a bad dangerous program and I uninstalled it, that's why I forgot I guess.

I'll try to find if there is a way to do the same without unity-tweak-tool and edit later this answer if so.

For the scrollbar, as @doug said in its comment, it's in Edit > Preferences under the "Scrolling" tab.

[EDIT: How to change the default font with dconf-editor]

Without unity-tweak-tools, dconf-editor does the job, you just need to know where to find the parameter:

  1. Run dconf-editor in a terminal.
  2. navigate to : org > gnome > desktop > interface
  3. Edit the fields monospace-font-name and text-scaling-factor. In my case, I set to 'Ubuntu Mono 12' and 0.9 respectively.
  4. close dconf-editor
  5. in gnome-terminal, open the preferences of your profile, and choose to use the default font.
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    Adjusting the text-scaling-factor can also be performed in a single command on the command line as follows: gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface text-scaling-factor 0.9 – Adam Katz Oct 25 '17 at 21:29
  • text-scaling-factor does not alter the height:width ratio for me. It merely magnifies or shrinks the font proportionally. – Adam Katz Oct 26 '17 at 19:43

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