Huge icons a bit smaller please

squareyes squareyes at
Thu May 1 23:26:24 UTC 2008

Riemer Thalen wrote:
> Hi there,
> I've got a problem that I can't solve googling.
> My screen resolution is 1024 x 768. The icons on my desktop are HUGE. 
> The icons in applications are also HUGE. De font sizes are too big, 
> the panel bands are too wide... In short, all interface components are 
> too big compared to the content that is displayed.
> On the laptop of a friend (1400-something wide, 900-something high) 
> everything looks OK. Much smaller icons, decent font sizes and so on.
> We both did a clean install of  8.04 Hardy from the same DVD. The 
> installer detects the screen resolution and obviously sets the icon 
> sizes, fonts and so on.
> How do I change the settings? Ubuntu looks like a kid's toy with those 
> big pictures in the toolbar.
> Thanks in advance.
> Riemer

Hi Riemer,
try "System" menu > "Preferences"  >  "Screen Resolution"
and change to 1280 X 1024


You may need to do  sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg   in a terminal, 
and add the above resolution to the list there.

Hope this helps
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