How to adjust the fonts for wine in ubuntu

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How to adjust the fonts for wine in ubuntu
Wine allows you to run Windows applications under Linux. (white wine and red wine image by jimcox40 from

The Linux utility Wine (Wine Is Not an Emulator) allows a Linux user to run many Windows applications without having to install Windows on a separate partition or use any Microsoft products illegally. It allows for a level of system customisation not all that different from that of a genuine Windows installation, and so it isn't hard to modify the system fonts or install new Windows fonts.

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  1. 1

    Change Wine's system font size by opening a terminal ("Applications" -> "Accessories" -> "Terminal") and typing:

    wine regedit

    This will bring up the Windows Registry Editor, just as running the "regedit" program would in Windows. The left pane displays registry "keys" in a hierarchy just like a directory tree; the right pane displays the values assigned to those keys.

  2. 2

    Navigate to and click on the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG\Software\Fonts.

  3. 3

    Double-click on the "LogPixels" value.

  4. 4

    Change the base to "Decimal" and enter your desired font size. Note that the font size here isn't measured in standard "points"--the best way to get a size that's right for you is through cautious trial and error. Close the Registry Editor when you're done.

  5. 5

    Change the size of fonts in menus by opening a terminal and typing:

    gedit ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/win.ini

    (If Wine is installed under a different path than /home/[yourname]/.wine, use it.)

  6. 6

    Add the following two lines to the win.ini file:



    Replace the "18" with whatever font size (this time in points) you desire.

  7. 7

    Install new Windows fonts by downloading (or copying over from a Windows machine) a TrueType executable. (One example, downloadable from Microsoft's site, is available in "Resources.") Open a terminal and run the executable under Wine, for instance by typing:

    wine tahoma32.exe

    This will install the font and make it usable in Wine applications.

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