Issue 115327 - Menu bar and system fonts are too large
Summary: Menu bar and system fonts are too large
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Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: 4.1.0-dev
Hardware: PC Linux, all
: P3 Normal (vote)
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Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2010-10-31 17:36 UTC by sandreas41
Modified: 2013-11-17 17:33 UTC (History)
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Description sandreas41 2010-10-31 17:36:29 UTC
The menu bar and dialog boxes are 116 and 130% of the size in 3.1 with the same
zoom scaling. That is 30% larger covering windows below.

This changed in 3.2, and I was so disappointed in this problem, I kept using
3.1.  That _is_ a usability issue.

How can I reduce the font size for the "OO system font" without changing the
file content?
The only solution I see is to change scaling in
Tools-Options-View-User_Interface-Scaling to (at most) 92% and increase the
View-Zoom to 110%
But this is not a perfect solution, as I must change font sizes and column
widths to get the display back to the most efficient layout. I do not believe I
should be required to reformat my dozens of documents when a new version comes out.

The button bar seems to have grown in height too. I would like to request it be
possible to return to a "lean and efficient" style.

If I may comment, OO 3.3 looks like a return to the days of Windows 3.1 with big
buttons and lots of white space. No texture. Not everyone will like that.
Appearance is important, but performance is much more critical.
Comment 1 Marcus 2010-11-01 10:12:00 UTC
To influence the UI scaling please have a look for the option via "Tools -
Options - - View - Scaling".

You can get further help in the user forums:
Comment 2 Marcus 2010-11-01 10:12:17 UTC
Comment 3 sandreas41 2010-11-01 15:18:46 UTC
Yes, that is Exactly what I wrote in the 4th paragraph. 
Did you read I was not happy with that solution, because it affects the document
window/content too?

I am objecting to the change from 3.1 to 3.2

Where is the setting to change just the user interface fonts?
Comment 4 sandreas41 2010-11-01 20:23:00 UTC
Another consequence of relying on Scaling as a solution, is that it has
undesirable effects. Here is one: 

Exporting a chart from Draw, scales the graphic down to that % setting.
Thus for the exported graphic files to be the same and consistent across OO
versions, scaling needs to remain the same.
Comment 5 Edwin Sharp 2013-11-17 17:33:32 UTC
Tools - Options... - OpenOffice - View - User Interface - needs more control as given in description.