Changing the default font-size on Ubuntu 12.04

Are you like me and feel a bit overwhelmed by the default massive font-size in Ubuntu? Well, if you’re on Ubuntu 12.04 you’re in luck. Since there is a really easy way to change this setting.

Luckly and thanks to some helpful individual we have MyUnity. MyUnity is a simple little tool that let you tweek most of Unity in 12.04 without having to install gnome-tweak-tool. The usage is really straightforward and it’ll have you customizing Ubuntu in no time.

This is how my default Ubuntu 12.04 looked like:

Changing the font using MyUnity:

And the result:

It seems like this tool only work with 12.04 and older, so please read the appropriate documentation if you try and use it on a Ubuntu version below this. Also, i strongly recommend that you reboot your machine after doing the settings.

Good luck and happy Ubuntu-ing!

14 Replies to “Changing the default font-size on Ubuntu 12.04”

      1.  I’m with you here mate. I changed the distro altogether. Go for Mint Debian,I’ve got it onmy fairly old desktops and it’s flying. I think Canonical are going on the Microsoft path. Why should I buy a new laptop/desktop just to keep up with trends. I’m writing this from an old packard bell, p4 mobile 512 ram happily running Lubuntu 10.04, and yes, i still have available memory

  1. This was totally un-useful.  You didn’t make clear what to do, but I assumed that if I installed MyUnity it would show me what to do.  Worse than ever.  I have something that some people say mess up their computers that doesn’t give me anything obviously about ubuntu, but a screen shot.

    1.  You know,  sometimes it’s best to not have everything spelled out step by step for us.  We don’t really learn anything that way.  Trial and error can be frustrating when we’re figuring things out but we should never criticize others for trying to point us in the right direction.

  2. If you just want to broadly change the default font size in 12.04, surely System Settings -> System -> Universal Access -> Seeing -> Display -> Text Size is what you use? Note that System Settings -> Preferences -> Appearances doesn’t have a Font tab in 12.04, unlike the claim by an earlier poster.

    Funnily enough, on a 1920×1080 24″ display (quite a common setup nowadays), the text for menus, title bars etc. is actually too *small* at the Normal text size, so I’ve bumped mine up to Large. Annoyingly, it makes the clock font change to Large, but not my real name next to it (still at Normal size!) next to it on the task bar (this is a clear bug and I am fully up to date with 12.04 updates as well).

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