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Thread: Desire to increase text size under desktop icons

  1. #1
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    Oct 2020

    Desire to increase text size under desktop icons

    I recently upgraded from Ubuntu 18.04 to 20.04. I use the Gnome desktop. I believe in 18.04, Gnome Tweaks tool would increase the font size of text under desktop icons. That does not appear to be the case for 20.04. I already have Large Text selected. I have eyesight issues.

    Is there a css file somewhere that I can edit to achieve this?

    There other issue is associated with the Tweaks tool. I have the scaling factor set to greater than 1. Every time I restart, the scaling factor is ignored and I have to nudge the value to get the system to recognize it. I researched this and it does appear to be a software bug.

    Will there be a fix? Is there a work around (other than switching to another desktop)?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Arizona U.S.A.

    Re: Desire to increase text size under desktop icons

    Using Ubuntu 20.04, with gnome-shell theme Flat-Remix-Dark.

    You can increase text under desktop icons, but not independently - text size on the top bar, top bar menus, and desktop notifications will also increase. Edit the file gnome-shell.css which will be inside your gnome-shell theme folder, which may be a sub-folder of your applications theme folder, and change font size in this section:

    /* Global Values */
    stage {
      font-size: 10pt;
      color: #eeeeec; }
    To prove it works, below are before and after screenshots when increasing font-size from 10pt to 13pt. Notice the panel width also increased to accommodate the larger font.
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