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Mint/Ubuntu: Change the default font sizes

You may find that the default fonts that are used on the desktop and in windows are quite large and you might prefer smaller ones.

A lot depends on the size and resolution of the monitor you use though and you might even have the opposite problem where the fonts are too small and you are straining your eyes trying to read the text. Of course, if your fonts are just right then you can skip this tip.

Changing the default font sizes is easy and you just need to go to Menu, Preferences, Appearance (Mint) or System, Preferences, Appearance (Ubuntu). Select the Fonts tab in the Appearance Preferences dialog and click each of the font buttons in turn.

You can change the font in the Pick a Font dialog that appears or leave it as it is and just select a new font size. Make it smaller or bigger as required and then click the Close button.

Mint/Ubuntu: Improve font rendering

Does text look good on the screen display or is it a bit fuzzy? Perhaps you need glasses! Seriously though, it may not be your eyesight that is poor, but the font rendering that is being used. There are several different options available and you can customise the rendering to produce the best and sharpest display possible with your monitor.

Font rendering options in Linux Mint

Go to Menu, Preferences, Appearance (Mint) or System, Preferences, Appearance (Ubuntu). Select the Fonts tab in the Appearance Preferences dialog and then select one of the rendering options. Choose the one that looks the best on your monitor. Then click the Details button and choose the best smoothing, hinting, and subpixel order options. Just click each option in turn, wait a second and then look at some text on the screen. The new setting is applied immediately so you can click the various options and easily see the best ones.

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