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  1. #1

    Big icons on desktop

    Using GNOME and SuSE 11 and would like to know how to reduce the icon sizes on desktop.


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    SuperMod (Back again) devils casper's Avatar
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    Is this problem with Desktop Icons only? Which Graphic Card and Driver are you using?

    Execute this
    su -
    lspci | grep -i vga
    grep -i driver /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Post output here.
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    There might be a couple of answers possible to this question. The simplest and most direct, I think, would be to "File Management Preference".

    Click on the "Computer" on the bottom left of your screen, look in the list of "System" shortcuts upper right area of that small menu and click on "Control Center". "File Management" will be in the "Look and Feel" section. Click on that and find "Icon View Defaults" and click on "Default zoom level".

    I think that another way to do this is part of the Font rendering system. If you change the resolution (dots per inch), it changes the size of the fonts, but I think it also adjusts the size of the icons. I am not sure about that one.

    And then again, there is your hardware display resolution too. . . .

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    If you are setting up a Netbook (or other small display), then the fastest way to get a good display is changing the "DPI" setting. This is "dots per inch", which is the resolution of the display.

    The presumption of modern Linux systems (and all the current graphics OSes) is that you want your display to be "real scale". and that makes everything the same size on your screen as the original design. The result is that if you put a printout of a letter up against your monitor, you will see every word exactly where it is on the monitor. On Macs especially (and on other computers, if you go to some trouble) it can be so accurate that you can see the edges of the pixels of the screen right at the edges of the the images on the paper.

    But that is not what most people using ULPCs and Netbooks and such want. We generally want as much "info" on the screen that we can squeeze on, without the images getting too small to view comfortably. And in particular, we generally want things to look similar to what we see on a bigger computer, except shrunk down a bit.

    To adjust the DPI, use the above instructions, but when you are in the "Control Center" window, click on the "Appearance" icon. The click on the "Fonts" tab and then the "Details" button. You will see the Resolution setting at the top of the "Font Rendering Details" window.

    I suggest something like 120 - 124 dpi for a 1024 resolution "10-inch" Netbook screen. You can try other resolutions to suit your taste.

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    I had big icons on my suse 10 gnome desktop once. I found out that I was using the wrong screen resolution. My proper resolution is 1280 x 1024 but i was using 1024 x 768 by mistake whoch made my screen icons large.
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