I have just installed XFCE4 as a replacement for KDE4, and I find that the default font is too small in Gtk apps, including the XFCE menu and panel. When I used KDE, I configured Gtk apps default font using .gtkrc-2.0 in my home directory, e.g. gtk-font-name = "Sans 12". This does not work in XFCE.
Is it possible that I am missing some XFCE configuration component? I am running Arch linux, and their general policy is to install the basics, and avoid messing with default source code compilation settings.
My monitor is a 19" CRT, with a resolution of 1600x1200. Xdpyinfo correctly reports the resolution as "resolution: 109x112 dots per inch".
Settings Manager / User interface. See the font settings on top right position.
There you can also override the DPI settings to your liking which is sometimes the better option.
Both will take care of the font legibility, but the widget sizes (e.g. scroll bar sizes) will not
necessarily benefit from the latter; if they are still too small, try a wider theme.
This is going to look better with GTK 3.0, I heard.
Thanks, that works.
What I was doing wrong was to use "System -> System Settings", which only affects KDE apps (duh!).