So I surfed the web and first found out one solution (forgot the source, of course), and then another one, which is easier (with attribution to the initial suggestion).
R., 05.10.2012. update:Right, well, this has been brewing for a longer time, but I've now gotten up to describing a more elegant solution that has been available for well more than a year or so. If not more even...
So, anyways, I got the solution for Windows from the help page of the Pidgin instant messenger, and the page is on its own quite straight-forward:
- Download the GTK2 preferences program, also known as the GTK+ Theme Switcher package (version 0.4.1 and
Win32) from Sourceforge;
- out of which compressed package you should extract
gtk2_prefs.exeinto the GIMP program folder, such as this —
- Then create a shortcut to the program, and then move the shortcut to the desktop or copy it into the GIMP folder in the Start Menu;
- Then make sure GIMP is not running when you change settings with the below program, because upon quitting it might overwrite the settings you've changed.
- Launch the program, which is officially named The Gtk2 Theme Selector. There you should be able to change the look of GIMP, including themes. Of the two default themes I chose Raleigh, because it's nicer-looking, but you can download your own via instructions at the Pidgin help page.
But the above is a much simpler solution than advice below, which has worked for me, too.
And if that doesn't work, then the following should definitely help.
First of all, GIMP uses themes and keeps its configuration data in configuration files of those themes; the files are easily editable. Before you do any changes, make a copy of the original first, just in case.
- Locations for themes can be found at
Preferences> in the left-side section, click on
Themes[since I use the Estonian-language UI, the word is
Kujundus; located between
- In the right-side main section, you will then see the list of themes and their locations. Theme names correspond to their relevant folder names. By default, there are two:
- Go to the
themesfolder, and make a copy of the
Defaultfolder, rename it. I've renamed it to Default-bigger. Making a copy of the theme folder will keep the original theme.
- Go into the copied theme folder,
Default-biggerin my case, and open the
gtkrcfile. This is the gtk configuration file for GIMP and contains settings directly affecting font size in the user interface. Make a copy of the file first, then open it with a text editor (if you use Windows, I suggest WordPad, because it supports UNIX-style carriage returns, or Notepad2; if resources permit, a local office productivity word processor is good, so long you save the file in the original format).
- The file's settings are similar to formatting rules in a CSS file. Scroll down in the file and look for
label-scaleitems. The default size for these are given as
0.8333. Change them to
1.0, as in
Save the file, (re)start GIMP. If something goes wrong, you can overwrite the modified file either from its own original copy or the original in the original
GimpRuler::font-scale = 1.0