I love GTK2. It’s *uber* pretty and smooth. However, before such nice pretties came to be, there was a dark age where fonts were not so smooth and freakishly big. Unfortunately, despite modern advances, necessary applications (like the VMWare Toolbox for Linux) are still built with GTK1. …And they look like crap. Here’s a quick fix, to make the fonts look not so ugly.

  1. Edit /etc/gtk/gtkrc.utf-8 and replace the 120 with 100 in the following lines:
    style “default-text” {
    fontset = “-*-arial-medium-r-normal–*-120-*-*-*-*-iso10646-1,\
  2. Copy /etc/gtk/gtkrc.utf-8 to ~/.gtkrc.mine
  3. Restart X.org/XFree86 (Use Ctrl+Alt+Backspace, but be careful, it will dump you out of X without warning).

There ya go!

Here’s an external forum clip for you as well if you want a more involved solution: