How to Change the Text / Font Size on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 Screen

If you have difficulty reading on your Ubuntu computer screen, you can easily change the text for font size so you can enjoy reading. In some cases, the font becomes too small to see clearly, and increasing it will allow you to read without straining your eyes.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to easily change Ubuntu text or font size on the screen for easy reading.

Ubuntu Universal Access is where these changes take place. For more advanced font changes, you will want to use Ubuntu Tweaks.

The universal access menu is where you can turn on some of the accessibility settings. You can find this menu by clicking the icon which looks like a person surrounded by a circle on the top bar.To change Ubuntu text or font size, follow the steps below:

  • Open the Activities overview and start typing Universal Access.
  • Click on Universal Access to open the panel.
  • Switch Large Text to ON in the Seeing section.

You can also navigate to the System settings menu and go to Universal Access as shown on the image below;

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Then select Universal Access, then switch the button to ON to enable larger text

Ubuntu Large font

Ubuntu fonts and text size should automatically increase after the actions above.  Large Text will scale the text by 1.2 times.

In many applications, you can increase the text size at any time by pressing Ctrl++ .. To reduce the text size, press Ctrl+-

Changing from Command-line

Then same actions above can be done via the command line. To change the text size by the scaling-factor of 1.5 times, you run the commands below.

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface text-scaling-factor 1.5

If you want to make the text smaller,  you can use Tweaks to make text size bigger or smaller.

Run the commands below to install Ubuntu Tweaks.

sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool

Then open Ubuntu Tweaks from the Activities Overview. then navigate to Fonts and change your settings there.

Ubuntu Tweaks

That’s it! This is one changes Ubuntu fonts size.

After this, you will have learned how to make changes to Ubuntu font and text size on the screen. More advanced methods may be possible, for the steps above are you need to accomplish this.

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