NetBeans Quick Tip #3 - Increasing Font Size

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Most NetBeans users probably know how to change font size in editor. You can do it through Tools | Options | Editing | Editor Settings | Java Editor | Font Size. But:
  • Did you know you can change the font size in all types of editors using multiselection?
  • Did you know you can also change the font size of all menus, dialogs and other components?

If you know this, congratulations, you are a true mighty user. If not, take a look at the screenshot:

Those who still can't see the text in full detail should visit a doctor.

As shown on the screenshot, you can select more editors by holding the shift key and clicking on them. This way you can change all of the font sizes in various editors.

How to change the general IDE font size? There is a startup option for this: --fontsize <size> (default size is 11). You can put it into the command line when launching IDE. You can also put it into the netbeans.conf file, which is in the /etc subdirectory of NetBeans installation. Just place it as a last parameter into the netbeans_default_options parameter. And that's it for today's quick tip.

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Comments ( 3 )
  • Derek Chen-Becker Tuesday, June 7, 2005
    You can also try to force all text to be anti-aliased (works on every platform I've tried) by putting "-J-Dswing.aatext=true" into the netbeans.conf file under netbeans_default_options.
  • Roman Strobl Wednesday, June 8, 2005
    Antialiasing of menus, dialogs, etc. was activated recently experimentally according to OS settings. So you can also use this option to disable it in case you don't like antialiasing of menus. We'll see what will be the responses on this change.
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