5.6:     Display

Much of the adjustment of the typical display is carried out through the MEPIS X-Windows Assistant, see Section 5.4. This section covers other configuration steps.

Adjusting fonts

Basic adjustment

  1. Click KMenu --> Control Center --> Appearance & Themes --> Fonts
  2. Adjust font size as needed.
  3. For help, press F1 to access the KDE Control Center Manual, then click in left panel Settings-Modules --> Appearance & Themes --> Fonts.
  4. If your monitor's size or resolution causes text to be too large or too small, you can uniformly increase or decrease the size of all text, using the X-Windows Assistant's General tab: KMenu --> System --> MEPIS --> MEPIS X-Windows Assistant.

Advanced adjustments


Certain boldface fonts can show up pixelated/chunk-style in Opera. Follow these steps to correct this:

  1. Close Opera
  2. Click KMenu --> System --> File System --> File Manager - Super User Mode, and provide the root password.
  3. Open the file /usr/bin/opera in an editor, and add the following line immediately below the #!/bin/bash line at the start of the file:
    export QT_XFT=true
  4. open the file /etc/opera6rc, and add the following line at the bottom of the file:
    Enable Core X Fonts=0
  5. After saving both of those changes and restarting Opera, you should have nice smooth fonts.


  1. Click on the menu bar Edit --> Preferences -->Content
  2. Make any desired changes.

GTK fonts

GTK+ is a multi-platform toolkit for creating graphical user interfaces. It is used in a variety of applications such as Synaptic. You can easily add a page for adjusting GTK Fonts to the Control Center:

  1. Click KMenu --> System --> Synaptic Package Manager.
  2. Locate and install these two packages:
  3. In the Control Center you will now find a GTK Styles and Fonts entry where you can control the style and fonts used by GTK applications.

Adding fonts

  1. Click KMenu --> System --> Synaptic Package Manager
  2. Use the search function for “fonts.”
  3. Select and download the ones you want.
  4. Click KMenu --> Utilities --> More Utilities --> KFontView
  5. From the KFontView window, open the font you have downloaded.
  6. Click on the Install button.
    NOTE: You may need to resize the window to see the Install button in the lower right hand corner.
  7. Your new fonts should be available in the pull-down menus of KMenu --> Control Center --> Appearance & Themes -->Fonts

Laptop display

The action initiated by closing the lid of a laptop is controlled by KPowersave, whose icon is on the right side of kicker (the panel). By default, closing the lid locks the screen. When the lid is raised again and any key is hit, a dialogue box pops up indicating the user's name who locked the screen and asking for that user's password to unlock it.

To stop the screen from being locked:

There is a small tool for changing the display on the fly that is handy when using a laptop. Located by clicking KMenu --> System --> More Applications --> Screen Resize & Rotate (KRandRTray). It sits in the system tray, and allows you to conveniently alter screen size, orientation or refresh rate.