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Old 05-09-2003, 09:00 AM   #1
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openoffice menu font size in Redhat 8.0


using redhat 8.0, most applications run well and appear normal.

openoffice (and star office) opens with the font-size in menus
>10x too big, document fonts are also very large. Nearly
impossible to use OO menus since each expanded menu item
fills the screen (a 292x229mm CRT).

based on earlier searches I modified font path and Monitor
DisplaySize in /etc/X11/XF86Config; but after reboot this seems
to have no effect on any application (e.g. tried doubling DisplaySize, no change).

Tried changing the default FontPath from "unix/:7100" to a
list of fonts available in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/, that also
seemed to have no impact on anything!

The Redhat XF86Config file contains this comment:

# By default, Red Hat 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.

Haven't found any further clues to this in Redhat documention. Is it relevent here? If so, where should I look?

Many thanks in advance!
 
Old 05-09-2003, 11:17 AM   #2
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I think OpenOffice has its own scheme for font size and menus and stuff. Run OpenOffice, and look in Tools->Options->OpenOffice->View for an option called "Scale" - see if changing that makes a difference.
 
Old 05-09-2003, 11:42 AM   #3
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I can't get to the Tools menu, it's probably 3-5 feet to the right
of my screen. :^) I also tried to run OO spadmin, same problem there. I can't navigate or control any OO windows.

There's some font control in openoffice/program/setup (a shell script). It appears to be setting sd_fonts and SAL_FONTPATH_PRIVATE both to /usr/lib/openoffice/share/fonts/truetype

Should I point somewhere else? Or somehow modify this font?
 
Old 10-14-2003, 02:37 PM   #4
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I'm getting this problem too. I know where I need to get to to fix the scaling problem and can navigate to the tools menu by slowly enlarging the width of the window then shifting it left off the screen. However, I cant make the screen taller in the same way so I can't get to the option!!!!!

Does anyone know of a way to navigate "Blind" to the option using a key sequence?
 
Old 10-14-2003, 03:18 PM   #5
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Actually... Just found the FIX on a group...

Go to /etc/x11/xf86config open it with a text editing tool and # out the DisplaySize line. Restart.

It worked for me, I'm using RedHat 9. I new to Linux so please don't shout if my terminology is too windowsey!
 
Old 10-15-2003, 08:40 AM   #6
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Glad it worked for you. I've tried this before, and tried putting different
values for DisplaySize in the Monitor section; but it has no apparent
effect on my system. I don't know where RH is really getting the display
info from.
 
Old 10-15-2003, 12:02 PM   #7
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Sad news. I'm sorry that I can't be of assistance to you. I've only been using Linux for about 2 days!

Perhaps this may help to problem find though...

This is the third time I installed Linux. The first time, the display was massive (low res) and I couldn't work out how to get it bigger. (like I said, new to Linux)

The second time (only hours later) I specified my compaq monitor during setup and the desired resolution. On startup however, the screen just didn't initialise.

Third time, I took all defaults with the monitor (as the first time) then manually measured my monitor and input the details. It was after this that OpenOffice font size went massive.

The DisplaySize line that I #'d out contained the measurements I manually entered. I ended up using a generic 1600x1200 monitor setting to get the desired resolution.

If I come across any more clues, I'll let you know. Best of luck.
 
  


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