How to change text size in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

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If you are having trouble reading the text on the screen while using an Ubuntu system, there are many ways to fix it according to your visual needs.

In this article, we are going to describe three ways that you can change the screen text size in Ubuntu.

We ran the commands and procedures mentioned in this article on an Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 20.04 LTS system.

Method 1: through the Ubuntu Settings Utility

You can either access the settings through the System Dash or open the utility by doing one of the following:

Click the down arrow in the top right corner of your Ubuntu desktop, then click the Settings icon in the following view:

By default, the Settings utility opens on the Wi-Fi tab. You need to click the Universal Access tab to configure the text size.

This is what the Universal Access view looks like:

Alternatively, you can enter “Text size” or “Universal Access” in the dash search to open the settings for Universal Access directly.

In the left pane of the Universal Access view, toggle the Large Text slider button on or off, depending on whether you want to display large text or the standard. Once you do this, your new font settings will take effect.

Method 2: Through the Gnome Tweaks tool

The Gnome Tweaks can be installed via the Ubuntu Software Manager and also the command line. Here we explain how to install it from the Ubuntu command line, the Terminal. You can access the terminal either through the System Dash or the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + T.advertising

Then enter the following command as sudo to install the very useful Gnome Tweak Tool:

$ sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool

Please remember that you must be an authorized user to add / remove and configure software on Ubuntu.

Install the GNOME Tweaks Tool

The system may prompt you with a Y / N option to continue the installation. Pressing y and pressing Enter will install the software on your system.

The Tweaks tool can be accessed by searching for it in System Dash or by accessing it from the applications list.

Gnome Tweaks Icon

With the tool open, click the Fonts tab. This tab allows you to configure font settings for window title, user interface, document, and monospace. To change the general font size for your Ubuntu desktop, you can increase or decrease the scaling factor according to your needs.

The Gnome Tweaks Tool is a very useful tool for installing and managing themes and extensions, as well as changing power settings and enabling / disabling desktop settings. However, you can remove it by entering the following command as sudo:

$ sudo apt remove gnome-tweak-tool

Or through the Ubuntu software by looking for Gnome Tweaks under the Installed tab.

Method 3: through the terminal

Open the Terminal application and use the following command syntax to change the text size:

$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface text-scaling-factor [scaling-factor-value]

For example,

$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface text-scaling-factor 1.6

Change text size with gsettings

To reset the scaling factor to the default value (1.00), you can use the following command:

$ gsettings reset org.gnome.desktop.interface text-scaling-factor

Reset scaling factor

We are now able to adjust the font / text size of your Ubuntu screen according to your needs!

How to change text size in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS