Having a large desktop. (Font, icon and application sizes)

Marko Vojinovic vvmarko at gmail.com
Tue Nov 22 08:33:25 UTC 2011

On Tuesday 22 November 2011 14:57:19 Ed Greshko wrote:
> On 11/22/2011 01:00 PM, Marko Vojinovic wrote:
> > On Monday 21 November 2011 20:43:07 linux guy wrote:
> >> No replies to this ?   Am I asking the question wrong ?  All I want is
> >> everything on the desktop to be larger.
> > 
> > Decrease monitor resolution?
> In my limited experience, decreasing monitor resolution isn't a very
> pleasing solution with LCD panels.  I'll admit, all of my LCD panels are
> over 2 years old....but when I drive them at anything lower than their
> "native" resolution the results were decidedly sub-optimal.

Sorry, I failed to quote the OP's original question --- he wants to use his 
laptop as a car PC, and needs to have everything on the screen large since he 
is looking at the monitor from a distance.

I agree that in general LCD's are best used in their native resolution. But it 
the car environment the results could be good enough. The OP should probably 
evaluate that on the spot.

I do not know of any other (reasonably easy) way to scale *everything* on the 
screen. Tweaking font&icon sizes in KDE works for KDE apps, but in general 
doesn't work for non-KDE stuff. It would probably take a fair amount of time to 
reconfigure all possible apps to be proportionally larger. Even then, one 
cannot be sure about the toolbar buttons, sliders and similar stuff. IMHO, it's 
not worth the effort for the OP's usecase, but it's his call in the end.

Best, :-)

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