Adjusting Scaling Factor for GNOME/GDM

Theoretically, display server should be able to derive a proper DPI setting from EDID, but in reality this could fail at times. (eg. OS running in a VM.) In order to have things readable on HiDPI displays, we may have to adjust scaling factor manually.


In terminal, run

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface scaling-factor 2

To check your setting, dump dconf setting with

dconf dump /

or simply

dconf read /org/gnome/desktop/interface/scaling-factor

There should be something like

scaling-factor=uint32 2


For Debian-based distros:

  1. Edit /etc/gdm3/greeter.dconf-defaults as root
  2. Add
    scaling-factor=uint32 2
  3. Save and close the editor
  4. Finally, run as root:
    dpkg-reconfigure gdm3

For other distros, check links below. 😬


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