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Make the GNOME panel font bold, italic, bigger, smaller etc

Get your GNOME panel font to match the style of your window borders with this quick tip.

A reader* submitted this ‘minor tweak’ but it’s one that affects part of the desktop that is visible at all time: the GNOME Panel.

The panel font itself is not independently configurable via the font config tab in Appearance Preferences; by default it inherits the font face and style selected as ‘Application font’.

With some copy paste magic we can theme it to match the window border font (or anything else, really.)

Change the gnome panel font

Make the Panel font bold/italic/different size

Add the following text to, or create, .gtkrc-2.0 in your home folder. Tweak the font_name = “x” variable to your tastes, save and then restart the GNOME panel by issuing ‘killall gnome-panel’.

style “modpanel”
{
font_name = “Bold 9″
}
widget “*PanelWidget*” style “modpanel”
widget “*PanelApplet*” style “modpanel”
widget “*fast-user-switch-applet*” style “modpanel”

*Thanks to the person who sent this in