How to change your fonts in Gnome 2.2

This page explains step-by-step how to change the system fonts used by Gnome 2.2 for menus, toolbars, titles and other text.

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Changing your fonts in Gnome 2.2

Change your fonts

Step 1: Open the 'Appearance Preferences' window

Click on 'System' in the menu bar, then 'Preferences' and then 'Appearance', as shown in Fig 1. Alternatively, press Alt + F1 and then use the arrow keys to move to 'System', then 'Preferences', then 'Appearance', and then press Enter.

Fig 1'System' drop-down menu

This will open the 'Appearance Preferences' window shown in Fig 2. Click on the 'Fonts' tab, or press the left or right arrow keys until the 'Fonts' tab is brought to the front.

Fig 2'Appearance Preferences' window showing the 'Fonts' tab

Step 2: Change your fonts

You can customise the fonts for use in applications, on the desktop, on window titles and for other uses.

For example, to change the font used for the desktop, click on the button next to 'Desktop font' or press Alt + K. This will open the 'Pick a Font' window shown in Fig 3.

Fig 3'Pick a Font' window

Select a font from the list below the 'Family' header by clicking on it, or press Alt + F to highlight your current font in the list and then use the up and down arrow keys to scroll through the fonts until the one you want is highlighted.

To change the size of the font you have chosen, click on the font size you want, or press Alt + Z to highlight your current font size in the list and then use the up and down arrow keys to scroll through until the size one you want is highlighted. Alternatively, type the font size you want in the box just below the 'Size' header.

When you are happy with your choices, click the 'OK' button or press Alt + O to return to the 'Appearance Preferences' window.

Repeat as necessary for the other font options. The keyboard shortcut for each font option is indicated by the underlined letter (for example, Alt + A will open the 'Pick a Font' window for 'Application font'). Alternatively, press Tab until the button for the font option you want is highlighted and then press Enter.

When you are finished, click 'Close' or press Alt + C to save your changes and return to the Gnome desktop.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

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