Fonts and windows looked zoomed, don't know why

Recently installed Manjaro KDE, my first time using KDE. I seem to have messed something up but can’t seem to see it in any of the settings.

I recently followed some online instructions to Force Composition Pipeline in the Nvidia settings to help with screen tearing. This seemed to work, but after rebooting my desktop fonts, task panel and windows look too large, as if they’re zoomed in. Specifically, for all applications the window title bars have the large look/text (i.e. the windows themselves are zoomed). With some applications this extends to the menu bars as well (i.e. Libre Office apps) while others such as Firefox, Thunderbird, VS Code have normal-sized (i.e. smaller) menus. Windows such as sytem settings have everything zoomed in.

Thinking it was something to do with the Nvidia changes, I reset the Nvidia Configuration and rebooted but the large text and windows remain.

I’ve checked the Display Configuration and the resolution is set correctly (2560 x 1600) and global scale is set at 100% (the screen looks like 125-150%). I checked the fonts in system settings and they are still listed as defaults (Noto Sans 8 - 10pt). I’ve looked through Accessibility Settings but don’t see anything that would seem to cause this effect.

As I said, I’m new to KDE so maybe I’m missing something simple.

Hello Sleete and welcome on the forum.

When you post a message here, you placed in first time the result of the next command line: inxi --full --verbosity=7 --filter

I try to help. I think to fine the problem in panel on the fonts. Follow this links: System settings -> Fonts and verify the size

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Fonts seem ok, set to defaults: 8 - 10pt Noto Sans/Mono.

inxi output:
System:
Kernel: 5.7.14-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.1.0
Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.19.4 tk: Qt 5.15.0 wm: kwin_x11 dm: SDDM
Distro: Manjaro Linux
Machine:
Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: SABERTOOTH Z77 v: Rev 1.xx serial:
UEFI: American Megatrends v: 2104 date: 08/13/2013
Memory:
RAM: total: 31.31 GiB used: 6.61 GiB (21.1%)
RAM Report: permissions: Unable to run dmidecode. Root privileges required.
CPU:
Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7-3770K bits: 64 type: MT MCP
arch: Ivy Bridge rev: 9 L2 cache: 8192 KiB bogomips: 56188
Speed: 3869 MHz min/max: 1600/3900 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 3787 2: 3773 3: 3851
4: 3809 5: 3795 6: 3773 7: 3856 8: 3821
Flags: acpi aes aperfmperf apic arat arch_perfmon avx bts clflush cmov
constant_tsc cpuid cpuid_fault cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl dtes64 dtherm dts epb ept erms
est f16c flexpriority flush_l1d fpu fsgsbase fxsr ht ibpb ibrs ida lahf_lm lm mca
mce md_clear mmx monitor msr mtrr nonstop_tsc nopl nx pae pat pbe pcid pclmulqdq
pdcm pebs pge pln pni popcnt pse pse36 pti pts rdrand rdtscp rep_good sep smep ss
ssbd sse sse2 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 stibp syscall tm tm2 tpr_shadow tsc
tsc_deadline_timer vme vmx vnmi vpid xsave xsaveopt xtopology xtpr
Graphics:
Device-1: NVIDIA GP104 [GeForce GTX 1070] vendor: Gigabyte driver: nvidia
v: 440.100 bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 10de:1b81
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.8 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: nvidia resolution:
1: 1200x1920~60Hz 2: 2560x1600~60Hz s-dpi: 58
OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 1070/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 440.100
direct render: Yes
Audio:
Device-1: Intel 7 Series/C216 Family High Definition Audio vendor: ASUSTeK
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 chip ID: 8086:1e20
Device-2: NVIDIA GP104 High Definition Audio vendor: Gigabyte
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.1 chip ID: 10de:10f0
Device-3: AVerMedia Live Streamer CAM 313 type: USB
driver: snd-usb-audio,uvcvideo bus ID: 5-2:2 chip ID: 07ca:313a serial:
Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.7.14-1-MANJARO
Network:
Device-1: Intel 82579V Gigabit Network vendor: ASUSTeK P8P67 Deluxe
driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: f040 bus ID: 00:19.0 chip ID: 8086:1503
IF: eno1 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac:
IP v4: type: dynamic noprefixroute scope: global broadcast:
IP v6: type: noprefixroute scope: link
WAN IP:
Drives:
Local Storage: total: 1.82 TiB used: 283.08 GiB (15.2%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Crucial model: CT1000MX500SSD1 size: 931.51 GiB
speed: 6.0 Gb/s serial: rev: 023 scheme: GPT
ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Crucial model: CT1000MX500SSD1 size: 931.51 GiB
speed: 6.0 Gb/s serial: rev: 023 scheme: GPT
Optical-1: /dev/sr0 vendor: HL-DT-ST model: BDDVDRW CH12LS28 rev: 1.00
dev-links: cdrom
Features: speed: 40 multisession: yes audio: yes dvd: yes
rw: cd-r,cd-rw,dvd-r,dvd-ram state: running
RAID:
Message: No RAID data was found.
Partition:
ID-1: / size: 915.60 GiB used: 210.86 GiB (23.0%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb2
label: N/A uuid: 01d0817d-b6a7-4012-8886-c7c13cbefe73
ID-2: /boot/efi size: 299.4 MiB used: 284 KiB (0.1%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sdb1
label: N/A uuid: EA0F-3BD0
ID-3: /home//OneDrive - IP size: 1024.00 GiB used: 30.05 GiB (2.9%)
fs: fuse.rclone source: ERR-102 label: N/A uuid: N/A
ID-4: /home//OneDrive - Personal size: 115.00 GiB used: 72.22 GiB (62.8%)
fs: fuse.rclone source: ERR-102 label: N/A uuid: N/A
Swap:
Alert: No Swap data was found.
Unmounted:
ID-1: /dev/sda1 size: 100.0 MiB fs: vfat label: N/A uuid: 22F7-6517
ID-2: /dev/sda2 size: 16.0 MiB fs: <superuser/root required> label: N/A uuid: N/A
ID-3: /dev/sda3 size: 930.90 GiB fs: ntfs label: N/A uuid: 1C8800F18800CAEA
ID-4: /dev/sda4 size: 505.0 MiB fs: ntfs label: N/A uuid: 6A3426B334268265
USB:
Hub: 1-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s
chip ID: 1d6b:0002
Hub: 1-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 6 rev: 2.0
speed: 480 Mb/s chip ID: 8087:0024
Hub: 2-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 4 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s
chip ID: 1d6b:0002
Hub: 3-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s
chip ID: 1d6b:0002
Hub: 3-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 8 rev: 2.0
speed: 480 Mb/s chip ID: 8087:0024
Device-1: 3-1.6:3 info: Logitech type: Keyboard,HID driver: hid-generic,usbhid
interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s chip ID: 046d:c337 serial:
Device-2: 3-1.7:4 info: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Optical Mouse
type: Mouse,HID driver: hid-generic,usbhid interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s
chip ID: 046d:c332 serial:
Hub: 4-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 4 rev: 3.0 speed: 5 Gb/s
chip ID: 1d6b:0003
Hub: 5-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s
chip ID: 1d6b:0002
Device-1: 5-2:2 info: AVerMedia Live Streamer CAM 313 type: Video,Audio
driver: snd-usb-audio,uvcvideo interfaces: 4 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s
chip ID: 07ca:313a serial:
Hub: 6-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 3.0 speed: 5 Gb/s
chip ID: 1d6b:0003
Sensors:
System Temperatures: cpu: 29.8 C mobo: 27.8 C gpu: nvidia temp: 51 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 0%
Info:
Processes: 254 Uptime: 17h 56m Init: systemd v: 245 Compilers: gcc: 10.1.0
Packages: pacman: 1305 Shell: Bash v: 5.0.18 running in: konsole inxi: 3.1.05

DPI most likely … you probably want 1.5x or 1.75x
(144 DPI or 168 DPI)

Supposedly KDE/Plasma is better at this these days … but I still think its unfinished, etc.
So I wrote this:


(feel free to take a look at it, or get ideas … but if you find plasma settings arent quite doing it for you … just make sure to set everything back to defaults before using the script)
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I tried forcing DPI (to 96) and that seemed to work. Previously, the checkbox to force DPI wasn’t checked and things were fine but something I did must have changed things. Seems good now, thanks for the help.

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