Change Font Size Ubuntu Terminal

Most Linux users spend a good chunk of time using the Terminal for various purposes, whether it is installing new software, maintaining their system, checking hardware details, and many other activities. So, it makes sense to want to customize the Terminal to give it a more personal feel.

In this article, we will be looking at how you can change the font and font size of the Terminal, in addition to some more cool customizations.

Step 1: Open a New Terminal Window

The first step of the process is to open a new Terminal window, from where you can make the necessary changes. So, open it from the Ubuntu sidebar or press Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard.

Step 2: Go to Preferences

The next step is to access the Preferences option in the Terminal.

Here, you can set up your personal configuration for the Terminal. It is important to keep in mind that these preferences are mostly limited to the appearance of the Terminal, not the functionality. So, you should not be worried about mistakenly changing some functional settings of the command line as that is not the case here. Through Preferences, you can create a new profile, which will contain and remember all your preferences and load them up every time you use it.

Go ahead and right-click anywhere on the Terminal and a drop-down menu should appear. Select the Preferences option from the menu. This can also be done through the three-parallel-lines button on the top-right of the screen.

Step 3: Create a Profile

Before we set up our preferences and change the font settings, first, we need to create a new profile. Click the + button right next to the Profiles tab to get started.

Next, you will be prompted to enter a name for the profile. Every new profile that is created is first given the default settings, as you can see in the dialog box. However, once we have the profile ready, we will change these settings to our own liking.

Step 4: Change Font Settings

With our new profile up and running, it is time we set up our preferences regarding the Terminal font. The first step is to check the box right next to the Custom Font option. This will allow us to select any font of our choice and set its size.

As you can see, the default font is Monospace Regular with size 12. However, we can change that easily. Click on the font name and you will see a list of fonts pop up. There are many options to choose from, and you can try out whichever one you like the most. If you are looking for something specific, then feel free to type it in and search for it in the Search box. There is also a font size setting down at the bottom that you can play around with. Once you have made up your mind, click the Select button in the top-right corner and go check how your font looks in the Terminal.

Step 5: Select Your Profile

Now that you are all done with your font configuration, the final step is to select the profile you created. You can do this by clicking the small arrow button next to the profile name, and selecting Set as Default. With that done, you are good to go. Restart your Terminal and your font preferences should be applied.

Additional Modifications

Now that we have dealt with the “meat” of the matter, let’s take a look at some more possible modifications we can make to the Terminal to our personal needs.

Navigate back to the preferences menu, and you will see more customization options right next to the Text tab. These options are Colors, Scrolling, Command, and Compatibility. In this section, we will discuss some of these options briefly.

Let’s start with Colors. There is a checkbox right under the Text and Background Color heading. To enable user configuration, you have to deselect the “Use colors from system theme” option. Next, we have a load of options to explore. You can try out built-in schemes, fiddle with the background and text colors, select a palette of your choice, and more. Feel free to play around with these options as there certainly is a lot to explore here.

Now that we are done setting our preferences, let’s take a look at what the results look like.

Finally, we will explore the Scrolling tab. Here you can select whether you want to show the scrollbar next to the text, or scroll when output is displayed. Furthermore, you can also change whether you want to turn off scrolling on keystroke and set a numerical limit to scroll back.


In this tutorial, we learned how you can change your font and the font size of the text in your Terminal. It can be a great relief to someone who is an avid and regular Terminal user since personal customization makes everything feel more homey and convenient.

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