22.6 Display Issues

The following sections include display issues users may encounter when using Designer.

22.6.1 No F1 Help in Maximized Editors

Context-sensitive help is available when you press F1. However, if you maximize an editor (for example, the Modeler), help topics do not display when you press F1. To view the help, minimize the editor.

22.6.2 Running Designer with 120 DPI Fonts in Windows

120 DPI is too large for text in standard Windows XP decorations. Adjust the display settings:

  1. In the Control Panel, select Display > Appearance > Effects.

  2. In Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts, toggle Standard to ClearType.

    If you have a display that needs 120+ DPI fonts, you need ClearType. In addition to the obvious anti-aliasing aspects, ClearType provides better weight to the fonts. Without ClearType, the fonts are too thin and light, decreasing readability.

  3. Click OK, then click Advanced.

  4. In the Item field, reduce the Icon, Menu, Message Box, Selected Items, and ToolTip sizes.

  5. Reduce the title bars and related controls to a preferred size.

  6. Fix the icon spacing and scroll bar width.

  7. Make sure that the display is set at a high resolution.

    This helps eliminate most of the display related issues on an HD monitor.

22.6.3 Display Issues on Linux


If you encounter display issues in GNOME:

  1. Select the Applications menu.

  2. Click Preferences > Font, then decrease the size of the application font.

  3. You can also adjust the thematic elements to your liking.

    Keep in mind that GTK thematic elements can cause performance issues with Designer. If Designer is running slowly, especially when you use pull-down menus and other widgets, you might try changing to a simplified GTK theme.

    Normally, this process fixes display issues.


Because Eclipse (Designer) is a GTK application, you should use GTK themes instead of qt-based themes.

First, you need to prepare to use the themes.

You must remove the gtk-qt-engine package. This can be done through YaST or by using the instructions given in “Running Designer on Linux with gtk-qt-engine,” in the Novell Identity Manager Designer 4.0.2 Readme.

You need to have the following packages installed on your Linux system. If you installed the GNOME subsystem, you already have these packages installed:

  • gtk-engines

  • gtk2-engines

  • control-center2 > Gnome Control Center

  • gtk2-themes > or the themes you downloaded, and all the related dependencies

  • gnome-themes is only needed if you are going to use Gnome Control Center to set your theme

After you have completed the prerequisites, do one of the following:

  • Set your GTK theme and font settings from the KDE SUSE menu. Select Utilities > Desktop > Gnome Control Center. You can set this control center application to automatically run each time KDE is started. The following command accomplishes this:

    ln -s /opt/gnome/lib/control-center-2.0/gnome-settings-daemon /home/user/.kde/Autostart

    For user, use your username.

  • Create a GTK control file (usually named .gtkrc-2.0) in your user home directory or the directory where your system is configured to look for GTK2_RC_FILES. Entering set |grep gtk shows how this environment variable is configured and the files it requires. You can use any font and GTK theme that you prefer.

    For example: include "/opt/gnome/share/themes/Xfce-stellar/gtk-2.0/gtkrc" style "user-font"

    /gtkrc" style "user-font"


    font_name="Sans Serif 6"


    widget_class "*" style "user-font" gtk-theme-name="Xfce-stellar"

    gtk-font-name="Sans Serif 6"

22.6.4 Copying, Pasting, and Dragging in the Navigator View Don't Update Version Control

Copying and pasting or dragging and dropping operations in the Navigator View are not handling files properly if the files are under version control. The workaround is to perform these operations from the Project view.