OpenWindows User's Guide

Customizing Fonts

OpenWindows DeskSet applications are set up with default fonts that appear on all items, such as icons, menus, and windows. Normally, you do not need to customize the style or point size of these fonts. However, if you would like to increase or decrease the size of the default, or if you are partial to a particular font, it is possible to change the default font style and size for the system font from the Fonts category.

The following sections on fonts describe two methods of customizing fonts: a basic method of changing the scale of the font (which also affects the window scale), and a method of changing the font style, The first method simply increases or decreases the font size (to small, large, or extra large) and its window size, while the second provides greater flexibility in defining the style.

Choosing a Font Scale

The scale allows you to choose from four font sizes for windows. You can change the default so that all applications subsequently open in the size you specify. Note that when you scale the font, the window scales with it.

You can choose from these four sizes:

Note -

Not all fonts styles and sizes appear on the screen satisfactorily. If the size is too large, some items, such as menu buttons, may be obscured.

Specifying the Font Style

Default fonts include:

If you prefer, you can specify another font style and size.

To select a different typeface:

  1. Select a typeface from the scrolling list.

    A sample of the typeface is displayed in the preview area. If you are not satisfied, select another typeface.

  2. Click SELECT on Apply.

Listing the Available Fonts

When the Standard selection is chosen, you can scroll through all of the typefaces installed with OPEN LOOK style, the Custom Selection refers to all fonts available on your system.

Note -

The list generated from xlsfonts is very long; there are over 400 fonts available. If the listing on your screen does not contain the expected number of fonts, check with your system administrator. It is possible that a subset of the available fonts was installed.

Previewing Selected Font Settings

You can look at the selected typeface and scale settings in the Preview box. This shows you how text appears in:

Keyboard Menu Equivalents

You can turn on or turn off the keyboard accelerator keys. This means that the keyboard character of the acceleration shows up in the following:

This is a standard set of tasks (within a DeskSet application) that can be "accelerated" from the keyboard by using keyboard shortcuts. These will be visible from the pull-down menus, and can be configured on or off from the Workspace Properties menu. Keyboard accelerators are active for only the windows that are active. If you need to turn these off, you can select None from Keyboard Menu Equivalents from the Keyboard Properties. The following table outlines the keyboard shortcuts and their functions.

Note -

The Meta key is the <> key on SPARC keyboards; on IA keyboards Meta is obtained by pressing Ctrl-Alt.

Table Legend

The following table uses these abbreviations:

Table 17-1 Keyboard Equivalent Menu Items













Meta - c 


Meta - x 


Meta - f 


Meta - n 


Meta - o 



Meta - v 


Meta - p 


Meta - i 


Shift- Meta - p 


Meta - s 




Meta - a 


Meta - u 


Meta - t  


Shift- Meta - n 


Shift- Meta - b 


Shift- Meta - i 

Other Keyboard Options

Other keyboard options you can control are: