GNOME Bugzilla – Bug 318493
Fonts size on toolbars should be smaller
Last modified: 2013-08-14 01:04:37 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
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.
*** Bug 320679 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
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! :)
Created attachment 84679 [details]
with and without small toolbar/statusbar fonts
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.
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...
Created attachment 84692 [details]
the right default font sizes
this can be fixed in the theme.