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Bug 318493 - Fonts size on toolbars should be smaller
Fonts size on toolbars should be smaller
Product: gtk+
Classification: Platform
Component: Widget: GtkToolbar
Other All
: Normal minor
: Medium feature
Assigned To: gtk-bugs
: 320679 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2005-10-10 17:41 UTC by Evandro Giovanini
Modified: 2013-08-14 01:04 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: 2.11/2.12

with and without small toolbar/statusbar fonts (62.48 KB, image/png)
2007-03-15 21:48 UTC, Eugenia Loli-Queru
the right default font sizes (34.15 KB, image/png)
2007-03-16 00:10 UTC, Eugenia Loli-Queru

Description Evandro Giovanini 2005-10-10 17:41:07 UTC
I would like to suggest making the font size on toolbars smaller than the
default font for applications (example: if Sans 10 is the default, set Sans 8
for toolbars).

Other information:
In a default GNOME installation the toolbar for some applications is not
entirely visible (gedit, epiphany, evolution). Users *often* change the default
setting to "icons only" possibly to fix this, but not having text can be a
problem in some applications.

I think using smaller fonts on the toolbars would make the UI seem less
cluttered, more friendly and overall make the toolbars more useful.

From looking at screenshots of other GUI's I think some already do this:
GNUstep and OS X:

I don't have a lot of experience with them but it seems they do this already.
Comment 1 Matthias Clasen 2005-11-04 15:52:29 UTC
*** Bug 320679 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 2 Eugenia Loli-Queru 2007-03-15 21:47:25 UTC
ok, this would be really nice if it was added to GTK by default. Here is a screenshot showing how it would look like. I think it would benefit A LOT the overall LOOK of Gnome! This is a trick that OSX does to look less busy and more inviting and it also makes the window to require less screen space. Come on, you know you want it! :)
Comment 3 Eugenia Loli-Queru 2007-03-15 21:48:04 UTC
Created attachment 84679 [details]
with and without small toolbar/statusbar fonts
Comment 4 Eugenia Loli-Queru 2007-03-15 21:57:06 UTC
The "Disk Analyzer Baobab" application that currently ships with Gnome would greatly benefit from such a change btw. Many other apps with lots of text under toolbar icons too.
Comment 5 Eugenia Loli-Queru 2007-03-16 00:09:34 UTC
BTW, please check below a more "proper" screenshot, because the screenshots above were just from my tweaked desktop. This new screenshot uses the right font sizes:
Gnome uses font size San 10, which is the current default
Toolbar/Statusbar use size Sans 8, which is the proposed font size.

If a user does not have good eyesight and changes the default font size to 12 let's say, then make the toolbar/statusbar font size 10, which is a +2.

Never go below font size 8. I think that's the right recipe...
Comment 6 Eugenia Loli-Queru 2007-03-16 00:10:04 UTC
Created attachment 84692 [details]
the right default font sizes
Comment 7 Matthias Clasen 2013-08-14 01:04:37 UTC
this can be fixed in the theme.