This is a handy trick on how to reduce the DPI below 100% (below 96dpi). So all you’ll need is to adjust a registry value to match your needs.
Open regedit and browse to HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG\Software\Fonts\LogPixels
Now change the Decimal value with anything under 96 (i think it should be over 70 though… I use 82). Log off to apply the changes and you’re done.
Why would you need the DPI below 100%?
Well reasons could be many, mine are:
– to be able to see the date next to the time while having a small taskbar
– to avoid scrolling horizontally
– to have more place on the screen
Yes, I am on the verge to migrate from my XFCE to Enlightment as my desktop of choice. But I’m going to talk about the migration in another article.
As in XFCE, in Enlightment as the user doesn’t really have a GUI that allows you to manage multiple monitors so you could either install it yourself or apply to the CLI-wizard side of you.
To fix this shortage one could install ARandR and manage the monitors as one pleases but this has a little and quite important shortage, ARandR can’t let you change the primary monitor, and unless you are pleased with whatever it chooses for you, you have to go to the command line at least once.
If you were in linux world for some time, you probably already know that xrandr is the king of display configuration, so you’ll have to show it some respect.
First find out the names of your monitors by typing xrandr in a terminal emulator (Terminology is the default one in bodhi linux). Once you have the names think about which one you want to make the primary monitor and run
xrandr –output MONITOR-NAME — primary
Now you could close the terminal and use ARandR for positioning if you don’t want to get your hands dirty anymore, but you could position them as well with the command xrandr.
In my case I want to have my laptop screen (LVDS)as primary and should be on the left, that means that the external monitor (VGA-0) would be on the right of my laptop screen, so I used this command:
xrandr –output LVDS –primary –auto –output VGA-0 –auto –right-of LVDS
Have fun with the setup and Enlightment ;)
PS: it probably works in any environment as long as you have xrandr available