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I'd like to know how to increase the font size for Eclipse so it adjusts the whole GUI to not look so darn small on my screen.

For NetBeans there is the --font-size switch which can be set in netbeans.conf, is there something similar for Eclipse?

(In case it's useful, I'm on Snow Leopard.)

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AFAIK, there's no way to increase the font globally. In Eclipse's Preferences, navigate to General > Appearance > Colors and Fonts.

Dialog font is the font used in the dialogs, and Text Font used in text editors, etc.

I don't know how to increase the font for the rest of the GUI, thou.

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thank you, well it seems i still have to use netbeans –  Michael Lange Sep 10 '11 at 9:42
@MichaelLange see my reply. –  akuhn May 19 '12 at 8:14
This is a reasonable compromise for me. Eclipse uses so much screen estate on GUI-fluff that this is the only reasonable way to get a lot of information on there too. –  Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Dec 17 '12 at 12:13

Inside the Eclipse.app is a setting for the font size. To make the fonts globally larger edit Eclipse.app » Contents » MacOS » eclipse.ini and remove the line


from the file. Save the file and restart Eclipse.

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This actually helps, nice one! –  Henrique Ordine Sep 20 '14 at 10:58
Great. This solves also the small size of the interface elements, like the Package Explorer. I was turning blind before... BTW, you know what's fine? I have such line in my eclipse.ini twice, one was commented out and the other not. I wonder why the did that... –  Fran Nov 11 '14 at 17:09

Go to Preferences > General > Appearance > Colors and Fonts, expand the "Basic" folder and select "Text Font" and change that to whatever size you like.

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Does not work at all. I am using Kelper on yosemite. –  Alex Mar 18 at 16:19

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