My fonts are way to small in my linux terminal

Posted on 2006-06-02
Last Modified: 2013-12-03

I have a terminal (alt f6) and the font is too small.   I already know about export TERM=VT100 however how to I set it for a larger font ?  

I am going blind here :)
Question by:bitmechanic
    LVL 20

    Assisted Solution

    If you want to change the font size, hold down the Control key and the right hand mouse button within the xterm window.This will display the VT font menu ...
    Customising Xterms


    Author Comment


    This is not working for me.  I am running Suse.  

    I have a virtual Terminal and the font is painfully small
    LVL 34

    Expert Comment

    by:Duncan Roe
    nedvis's solution works for an xterm. You could start an xterm from your console. SUSE should have a configuration setting somewhere for its own VT - but I don't use SUSE myself so can only guess where - maybe right-button in the title bar?
    Xterm command line gives you option to set font at startup, e.g. "-font 7x14" or "-font 10x20".

    Author Comment


    That does work in a terminal and it is good.

    What I am trying to do is a "control Alt f6" to get to a full screen and then change the font in there.  

    I want the change the font in the "big screen".

    Author Comment


    Back in the day I think this was handled in lilo

    Today this distro and others run grub.   I  could be wrong about being handled by the boot stuff though.
    LVL 34

    Accepted Solution

    Oh I see! You are talking about the non-X terminals. Yes it's probably in your GRUB config - look for the string "vga". I still use lilo (Slackware), so can't be certain. You likely have a framebuffer console though. I think you can add "VGA=NORMAL" to your boot options and get the old 80x25 back. Otherwise VGA=? and pick from the list. Lower number is lower res (usually).

    Author Comment


    Sorry I did not explain it very well.

    I will try this.

    I did learn a lot about xterm though :)

    Thanks !

    Featured Post

    Free Trending Threat Insights Every Day

    Enhance your security with threat intelligence from the web. Get trending threat insights on hackers, exploits, and suspicious IP addresses delivered to your inbox with our free Cyber Daily.

    Join & Write a Comment

    Over the last ten+ years I have seen Linux configuration tools come and go. In the early days there was the tried-and-true, all-powerful linuxconf that many thought would remain the one and only Linux configuration tool until the end of times. Well,…
    Linux users are sometimes dumbfounded by the severe lack of documentation on a topic. Sometimes, the documentation is copious, but other times, you end up with some obscure "it varies depending on your distribution" over and over when searching for …
    Learn how to find files with the shell using the find and locate commands. Use locate to find a needle in a haystack.: With locate, check if the file still exists.: Use find to get the actual location of the file.:
    Excel styles will make formatting consistent and let you apply and change formatting faster. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use Excel's built-in styles, how to modify styles, and how to create your own. You'll also learn how to use your custo…

    745 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    14 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now