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Old 07-17-2006, 09:20 PM   #1
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I need a way to change the font size in Thunderbird


I downloaded Thunderbird for Linux today. It works alright but the fonts are way too small. Does anybody know how I could change the font size?

In my Windows version the letters are nowhere near as small and I've used other distributions of Linux where Thunderbird came bundled with it and the fonts weren't anywhere near as small.

I'm using Suse 10.1, x86_64.

Thanks,

royeo
 
Old 07-17-2006, 09:33 PM   #2
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1) edit preferences display fonts
2) view text size increase

you really didn't look at all did you ?
 
Old 07-17-2006, 10:12 PM   #3
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I downloaded Thunderbird for Linux today. It works alright but the fonts are way too small. Does anybody know how I could change the font size?
If you meant Webpages then the response above should fix your problem. If though it is toolbars and menus and you aren't using Gnome post back. It is probably a GTK problem.
 
Old 07-17-2006, 11:15 PM   #4
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Thunderbird has too small fonts

I did edit Preferences. I looked through there very carefully. I didn't see any way to adjust the size of fonts. Though I could have missed it.

For the second person, Thunderbird is an email client.

Thanks,

Roy O'Neill
 
Old 07-18-2006, 04:46 PM   #5
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In preferences there is a "Display" button when clicked it gives display properties and then you choose the "Font" tab.

Are you using the latest version of Thunderbird ?
 
Old 07-18-2006, 06:59 PM   #6
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IFor the second person, Thunderbird is an email client.
I know. Just so use to using Seamonkey and Mozilla I mistyped. <<G>>
 
Old 08-09-2006, 03:18 AM   #7
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If you need to change the user interface font, you can't do it in the Preferences, you should read this:

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Pane_and_menu_fonts

Basically you have to edit your userChrome.css file.
 
Old 08-10-2006, 02:06 AM   #8
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If you need to change the user interface font, you can't do it in the Preferences, you should read this:

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Pane_and_menu_fonts

Basically you have to edit your userChrome.css file.

They tell you "what" to do but not where to do it. Where do you enter that code? Is there a file? If so what is its name.

Thank you,

Roy O'Neill
 
Old 08-10-2006, 02:13 AM   #9
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They tell you "what" to do but not where to do it.
Yes they do. If you read craigwolf's post (and the top of the page he linked to), you'll see that the file you need to edit is userChrome.css.
 
Old 08-11-2006, 12:50 AM   #10
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They tell you "what" to do but not where to do it. Where do you enter that code? Is there a file? If so what is its name.
They tell you sufficient information, but no more than that. What you need to work out is that if the userChrome.css file doesn't exist then you have to create it, and if the directory in which it is supposed to reside (i.e. "chrome", a subdirectory of your local profile folder) doesn't exist then you have to create that, too.
 
Old 08-11-2006, 02:29 PM   #11
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They tell you sufficient information, but no more than that. What you need to work out is that if the userChrome.css file doesn't exist then you have to create it, and if the directory in which it is supposed to reside (i.e. "chrome", a subdirectory of your local profile folder) doesn't exist then you have to create that, too.

I created the usrChrome.css file and I put in /usr/lib64/thunderbird-1.5.0.5/chrome/. I guess that's the wrong place, from what you wrote. Also it has no effect right now. In the article they tell you where to put it if your in Windows. Do you know specifically where I should create that new directory? What is its name, etc.

Thank you,

Roy O'Neill

Last edited by royeo; 08-11-2006 at 02:39 PM.
 
Old 08-12-2006, 04:11 PM   #12
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Information about the location of your user profile folder can be found here:

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_folder
 
Old 08-12-2006, 08:00 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by royeo
I downloaded Thunderbird for Linux today. It works alright but the fonts are way too small. Does anybody know how I could change the font size?

In my Windows version the letters are nowhere near as small and I've used other distributions of Linux where Thunderbird came bundled with it and the fonts weren't anywhere near as small.

I'm using Suse 10.1, x86_64.

Thanks,

royeo
I had the same problem.
I changed the default font size for web pages like this...

at you Firefox browser bar select Edit > preferences > Content > Font & Colours > select advanced . then select the minimum font size and change that to the font size you want. Ie. I set mine to 16, so all web pages will display with a min of 16 pix font size and all other font will be automatically compensated to correct proportions over the 16 pix.

Last edited by rovernaut; 08-12-2006 at 08:01 PM.
 
Old 08-13-2006, 02:02 AM   #14
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For Thunderbird:
Code:
Edit > Preferences > Display > Fonts (tab) > Fonts (button) > Display Resolution
For Firefox:
Code:
Edit > Preferences > Content > Fonts & Colors > Advanced (button) > Display Resolution
When you get to the Display Resolution drop-down list, you'll want to first try "System Setting." For me that gave me a decent size to work with. If you want it to be exactly as you set up in your global desktop settings, you'll want to pick "Other..." and then do what the dialog asks you.

Hope that helps.
 
Old 06-06-2009, 04:32 AM   #15
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the final answer

Since after countless messages no one actually posted a decent answer, here it is.

Browse to the path that resembles this:

/home/some_user/.mozilla-thunderbird/some_profile.default/chrome

Create a text file called userChrome.css and add something resembling the following to it:

/* Global UI font */
* { font-size: 10pt !important;
font-family: Sans !important;
}

You can change "Sans" to something else if you like, and of course you can change "10pt" to "14pt" or whatever.

Save the text file and [re]start Thunderbird.
 
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