How to get everything inside screen smaller?

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    I’m new to linux. Just installed antiX on a HP mini, 1024×600 tiny screen ~96 dpi. So, relative to the physical screen size, everything looks huge. Changed font dpi to 86, the lower it goes, already looks a little better, but doesn’t affect most apps. Any lights? My focus is on the Libre Office stuff, if theres no way to change it all. Thanks.


    1) Is it possible to change screen resolution?
    Control Centre -> Session -> Set Screen Resolution (double click, pop-up window opens)
    Pop-up window: Outputs (in main menu) -> <select the monitor, VGA-0 in my case> -> Resolution.
    The available values depend on your monitor.
    2) Please post the output of ‘inxi -Fzr’ in future (this will allow to asses capabilities of your HW).


    1. It is possible to change, but it’s already at the max resolution.

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    I think you can use xrandr with the –scale option for this.
    For simplicity, if you do not feel like constructing an xrandr script, you can use arandr from the control centre to set up the standard resolution. Save the settings to a file. Then open that file and copy the contents adding (or modifying) the –scale option. Maybe something similar to –scale 0.7×0.7 or maybe the inverse I cannot recall (–scale 1.3×1.3)

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    To expand on Dave’s idea:

    I open a terminal. I run arandr and save as my current settings overlaying ~/.screenlayout/ Then I go edit the file with geany and add the “–scale 1.5×1.5” at the end of the parameters for the output that you want to adust, in my case that is LVDS1. Then save the changes and close geany. Then run the script. Then restart the desktop-session. If 1.5 makes the characters too big or too small, a higher number will make the characters smaller, and a lower number will make them larger. I would do this before opening any programs.

    $ arandr
    $ cd .screenlayout
    $ geany ./
    $ cat ./
    xrandr --output HDMI1 --off --output LVDS1 --primary --mode 1366x768 --pos 0x0 --rotate normal --scale 1.5x1.5 --output DP1 --off --output VGA1 --off
    $ ./ 
    $ desktop-session -r
    • This reply was modified 3 days, 23 hours ago by BobC.

    Thank you Dave and thank you Bob, for this simple and effective sollution 🙂 looks great now


    Wow, I did not know about the scale; still learning new things.

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