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Chapter 8. Configuring Your GNOME Desktop
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8.5. Font Preferences

Use the Font preference tool to select the fonts to use in your applications, windows, terminals, and desktop.

Table 8.4, Font Preferences lists the font preferences that you can modify.

Table 8.4. Font Preferences

Dialog Element


Application font

Click on the font selector button to select a font to use in your applications.

Desktop font

Click on the font selector button to select a font to use on your desktop only.

Window title font

Click on the font selector button to select a font to use in the titlebars of your windows.

Terminal font

Click on the font selector button to select a font to use in the Terminal application

Font Rendering

To specify how to render fonts on your screen, select one of the following options:

  • Monochrome: Renders fonts in black and white only. The edges of characters might appear jagged in some cases because the characters are not antialiased. Antialiasing is an effect that is applied to the edges of characters to make the characters look smoother.

  • Best shapes: Antialiases fonts where possible. Use this option for standard Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors.

  • Best contrast: Adjusts fonts to give the sharpest possible contrast, and also antialiases fonts, so that characters have smooth edges. This option might enhance the accessibility of the GNOME Desktop to users with visual impairments.

  • Subpixel smoothing (LCDs): Uses techniques that exploit the shape of individual Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) pixels to render fonts smoothly. Use this option for LCD or flat-screen displays.


Click on this button to specify further details of how to render fonts on your screen.

  • Resolution (dots per inch): Use the spin box to specify the resolution to use when your screen renders fonts.

  • Smoothing: Select one of the options to specify how to antialias fonts.

  • Hinting: Hinting is a font-rendering technique that improves the quality of fonts at small sizes and an at low screen resolutions. Select one of the options to specify how to apply hinting your fonts.

  • Subpixel order: Select one of the options to specify the subpixel color order for your fonts. Use this option for LCD or flat-screen displays.

Go to font folder

Click on this button to open the Fonts folder.

(Next: Previewing a Font)

Chapter 8. Configuring Your Desktop
Table of Contents

8.1. Assistive Technology Preferences

8.2. CD Database Preferences

8.3. Desktop Background Preferences

8.4. File Management Preferences

8.5. Font Preferences (you are here)
      8.5.a. Previewing a Font
      8.5.b. Adding a TrueType Font

8.6. Login Photo Preferences

8.7. Keyboard Accessibility Preferences
      8.7.a. Basic Preferences
      8.7.b. Filter Preferences
      8.7.c. Mouse Preferences

8.8. Keyboard Preferences
      8.8.a. Keyboard Preferences
      8.8.b. Keyboard Layouts Preferences
      8.8.c. Keyboard Layout Options
      8.8.d. Typing Break Preferences

8.9. Keyboard Shortcuts Preferences

8.10. Menus & Toolbars Preferences

8.11. Mouse Preferences
      8.11.a. Buttons Preferences
      8.11.b. Pointer Preferences
      8.11.c. Motion Preferences

8.12. Multimedia Systems Selector

8.13. Network Proxy Preferences

8.14. Preferred Applications
      8.14.a. Web Browser Preferences
      8.14.b. Email Client Preferences
      8.14.c. Text Editor Preferences
      8.14.d. Terminal Preferences

8.15. Remote Desktop Preferences

8.16. Screen Resolution Preferences

8.17. Screensaver Preferences

8.18. Sessions Preferences
      8.18.a. Setting Session Preferences
      8.18.b. Setting Session Properties
      8.18.c. Configuring Startup Applications

8.19. Sound Preferences
      8.19.a. General Sound Preferences
      8.19.b. Sound Event Preferences
      8.19.c. System Bell Settings

8.20. Theme Preferences
      8.20.a. To Create a Custom Theme
      8.20.b. To Install a New Theme
      8.20.c. To Install a New Theme Option
      8.20.d. To Delete a Theme Option
      8.20.e. Previewing Themes

8.21. Windows Preferences

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