Preferred way of sizing the screen fonts and borders

I have used 2 methods to get the proper sized icon, fonts, cursors etc for my laptop.
The default size of my screen is: 3840x2160

I have change the display size to 1920x1080 and that works pretty good.
I know am playing with just changing Global scale to 250%

It seems that changing the global scale isn’t the best way to do this.
I see issues with cursor sizes , window borders , latte size . menu bar size.

What is the preferred method to use is my question?

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Ok after using my system this way for a little while my biggest problem is a small mouse cursor .
Overall it is small and it seems to get smaller when using it with some features like grabbing window borders and resizing windows.

[demo@manjaro pacman.d]$ tr '\0' '\n' < /proc/`pidof kwin_x11`/environ | grep -i xcursor
XCURSOR_THEME=mac os animated cursor

Using the macOS Monterey cursor theme lets me get it to a workable size except for when I open the KDE system settings application. The cursors turns real small there.
This is the setting now:
Cursor size set at 64

I am still having this issue.
My research has turned up nothing to help.
Any ideas on where to look?

set your screen to max resolution, and in system settings/display configuration change the global scale… requires reboot;
or change the font dpi in system settings/fonts/force font dpi;
mouse cursor can be changed in system settgins/cursors/size

All that is set.
What happens and it seems to have to do with qt or gtk windows.
For example on firefox when I move the mouse pointer over the title bar it changes the mouse pointer to very small.
In the pamac package the mouse cursor is small in the whole application no matter where I move it to.
Does that make sense how I am describing it?

i think you are describing a kde cursor bug… do this:
Open this file: kate /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme and change:




You have to use the folder names of the cursor theme that you want to specify. (in your case it would be macOS Monterey cursor). The folders are located here:




I have this changed and rebooted.

[icon theme]

Did not work.
my theme is in .local/share/icons

Should I move the theme files to another location?

thats not where the cursor icons are located, post output from:
ls $HOME/.icons

type or paste code here
```[demo@manjaro ~]$ ls $HOME/.icons
'mac os animated cursor'
[demo@manjaro ~]$ ls $HOME/.local/share/icons
BigSur             BigSur-dark       macOSMonterey         McMojave-cursors   Tela            Tela-dark
BigSur-black       hicolor           McMojave-circle       Mojave-CT-Black    Tela-blue       Vimix-cursors
BigSur-black-dark  MacOs-Icon-Theme  McMojave-circle-dark  Mojave-CT-Classic  Tela-blue-dark

thats not where they should be loaded if you installed them from system settings/icon or cursors…
you have one folder in:

and you have following cursors themes here:

those are all your cursors themes in the home folder…

looking at this from above:

your theme cursor is:

mac os animated cursor

which is located in:
so add the folder name to the:

I see what you are saying but I am little confused by this in plasma settings:

I reran that command just now:

[demo@manjaro ~]$ tr '\0' '\n' < /proc/`pidof kwin_x11`/environ | grep -i xcursor

i just installed it from system settings/cursors and its called:
and not
and the cursor set is located in:
home/.icons under the folder:

so where did you installed it from?

It’s been awhile but I think I did it from kde settings and then searched for it and hit install.
Should I uninstall and reinstall or just move it?

go to system settings/cursors/get new cursors/select show only installed entries and check if its there… if yes uninstall it from there, search for monterey and install the cursor, and then open this:
kate /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme
and change it to:

We have success.
I don’t know how you know these things but you are amazing.
Thanks so much.

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