Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Crossover: commercial Wine

Crossover is a commercial version of Wine. It has some advantages: installing Office and so on goes much smoother.

What it lacks is the customization of Wine.

- To make some customizations in Crossover:

  Go to Menu - Crossover - Run a Windows command, and, after selecting the corresponding 'bottle', enter 'regedit' (this would have to be done for each specific 'bottle')

  Navigate to and click on the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG\Software\Fonts.

  Double-click on the "LogPixels" value.

  Change the base to "Decimal" and enter your desired font size.Note that the font size here isn't measured in standard "points"--the best way to get a size that's right for you is through cautious trial and error. Close the Registry Editor when you're done.

To enlarge the font of the menus, search for ' ~/.cxoffice/NAME_OF_BOTTLE/drive_c/windows/win.ini', open it in a text editor, add these two lines at the end, and save:
 
[Desktop]

MenuFontSize=18

Replace the "18" with whatever font size.

(This has to be done for each specific 'bottle' (which I guess is the equivalent of a wineprefix). Each program may have its own bottle which contains its own separate drive_c and windows folders. Customizations for a certain 'bottle' would have effect only for the programs installed in that bottle. 'Bottles' and the rest of CrossOver is installed in ~/.cxoffice.)

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If file association is not ok, search in smth like, e.g. for Office, in '/.cxoffice/Microsoft Office 2007/desktopdata/cxmenu/StartMenu.C^5E3A^5Fusers^5Fcrossover^5FStart^2BMenu/Programs/Microsoft+Office/'; eventually save that script in a more convenient place and add it under Open with' option, 'custom command'.
 



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