Howto: Fix Xfce fonts

August 9, 2006 at 6:04 pm | Posted in tips and tricks, xubuntu | 13 Comments

Xfce’s fonts can act weird sometimes. (I’ve noticed this when switching window managers.) Fonts can shrink in some places, and stay consistent in others. Here’s a screenshot:

The fix for this is easy:

1) Edit the file ~/.config/xfce4/Xft.xrdb:

mousepad ~/.config/xfce4/Xft.xrdb

And paste in:

Xft.dpi: 96

Save and exit.

2) Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

sudo mousepad /etc/X11/xorg.conf

And paste in under Section "Files" (if it’s not there alread):

FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/100dpi"

Save and exit.

3) Configure your DPI settings in /etc/X11/xorg.conf. You can follow this guide here: http://xubuntulinux.blogspot.com/2006/07/ubuntu-set-correct-dpi-for-x-server.html.

4) Log in and out. Your fonts should now be consistent.

(credit goes to evaldas at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=220502).

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  1. wonderful :)) thank you for appreciation. internet is small place :)

  2. here’s some more info how to set DPI in xorg.conf http://xubuntulinux.blogspot.com/2006/07/ubuntu-set-correct-dpi-for-x-server.html

  3. Thanks. I’ll admit I was a little lost when you mentioned configuring DPI in xorg.conf.

  4. I enabled xfce’s compositor for transparency effects (looks nice but slow)

    http://customisinglife.wordpress.com/2006/09/05/enabling-xfwms-compositor/

    and it messed up my font sizes. Luckily i remembered your howto and now all is good. Thanx!

  5. i’m a newbie of xubuntu.

    when i mousepad my ~/.config/xfce4/Xft.xrdb , it’s empty. i put line:
    Xft.dpi: 96
    and try to save and exit, it shows up:
    can’t open file to write

    any idea?

  6. 80: if you haven’t figured this out already (which you likely have …) – you’ll need to open Xft.xrdb as root or use sudo. Read up on the ‘sudo’ command and root privileges.

    Thanks for the tutorial – I’m working out some font challenges, and this was definitely helpful. Cheers from Austin, TX!

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  9. Thanks for your HowTo (with the link).
    Worked like a charm in my Xubunto Gusty Gibbon 7.10

    Once again, thanks!

  10. Acually on my 7.10 ubuntu with xfce installed, the fonts path looks like (X11 folder is inside fonts folder):

    FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/:unscaled”
    FontPath “/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi”

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  13. Thanks very much for this post. I had the very same problem in an Xubuntu 8.04 Guest VM after upgrading from VirtualBox 3.1.6 to 3.2.4. The only step I found necessary was to edit ~/.config/xfce4/Xft.xrdb


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