Category Archives: Troubleshooting

Optimal Window Sizing on Windows RDP

If you use Windows Remote Desktop (RDP) on multiple machines with different screen resolutions, you’ve probably had an RDP window that’s too small (hard to see details) or too large (requires you to use scroll bars) for your current display. Microsoft has long had an option for handling this – called smart sizing – but it’s not available in the RDP config GUI. You can turn it on or off by right-clicking the RDP window border and checking/unchecking the smart sizing option or you can set it as the default for an RDP config by opening the RDP config file in a text editor and adding the line “smart sizing:i:1” anywhere in the file.

Microsoft has the smart sizing option in its documentation but I didn’t see any official how-to docs on it. This 2012 blog entry covers smart sizing in a little more detail.

Hatred Should Be an Automatic Ban from Law Enforcement

Law enforcement is difficult work, even for those free of hatred and committed to treating people equally under the law. People afflicted with racism and other hatred cannot serve effectively in law enforcement and should be excluded from the field.

This expose of widespread racism and other hatred among law enforcement officers is worth a quick read. Our nation was founded on racism and has always been deeply afflicted with hatred. I’m not sure we’ll ever create a nation where hatred of others is a rare disorder, but we can at least keep those afflicted with it from having power over those they hate.



How to Fix Thin Scrollbars in Gnome 3

If your scrollbars are too thin in Gnome 3, this is worth a try.

1  Open a terminal.
2  Go to ~/.config/gtk-3.0/
3  Open the gtk.css file for editing. Create this file if it doesn’t exist.
4  Add the following text to the gtk.css file:

.scrollbar.vertical slider,
scrollbar.vertical slider {
min-width: 15px;

5  Save the  gtk.css file and log out and back in to Gnome.
6  When you log back in, you should see the scrollbars on apps like the Firefox browser and terminals changed to the value you entered in the gtk.css file.

You may have to tinker with the min-width to get the scrollbar thickness you want but hopefully this resolves your problem. Thanks to the folks on this ubuntuforums thread for the answer.

My environment is CentOS 7 and Gnome Shell 3.25.4, but this problem seems to be more generally related to Gnome 3.

If you want to know your Gnome Shell version, the easiest way to find it is to open a terminal and type gnome-shell –version.

If this doesn’t resolve your issue, I’d like to hear about your situation. I understand if registering to comment is too much work though … 🙂