Reduce line spacing

WTSupported in traditional Synergy on Windows
WNSupported in Synergy .NET on Windows



The MINIMIZE_LEADING environment variable reduces the amount of space between lines of text in windows on the screen.


One of the following values:

0 = Normal leading (8 pixels) (default)

1 = Less leading (6 pixels)

2 = No leading (0 pixels)

3 = Minimal leading (2 pixels)


Setting MINIMIZE_LEADING to 1, 2, or 3 can enable you to fit more lines of text on your screen. It applies to all windows, including the application container window. (In contrast, the UI Toolkit’s %U_WNDSTYLE function only applies to one window.)

By default, the leading between rows is large enough to allow space for an edit control frame and its 3‑D effects and to avoid any clipping of text within that edit control. Edit controls are used to frame input fields.

MINIMIZE_LEADING=1 reduces the amount of leading to just the amount required to display the frame. Some clipping of text may occur, and 3‑D effects of adjacent fields may overlap.

MINIMIZE_LEADING=2 eliminates all leading between lines. This means that no extra space is allowed for an edit control frame. If edit controls are displayed, they overlap one another noticeably.

MINIMIZE_LEADING=3 may be useful when using applications that are purely ACCEPT/DISPLAY/READS programs or that use only the Synergy windowing API and no UI Toolkit calls.

Calling %U_WNDSTYLE for a window and specifying D_NO_LEADING is equivalent to setting MINIMIZE_LEADING=2 for a single window. Specifying D_NO_LEADING overrides any setting of MINIMIZE_LEADING for that window. However, if you call %U_WNDSTYLE and specify D_LEADING, the MINIMIZE_LEADING setting applies to that window.

If you use MINIMIZE_LEADING=2 to eliminate all inter‑row spacing and you are using a Synergy window as a “background” display window, you may want to use

xcall w_proc(WP_POSITION, wndid, 0, 0) 

to position that window at the exact upper‑left corner of the application window. Otherwise, on some platforms and with some font combinations, the window may be placed several pixels below the very top.

Setting location

The environment or the [synergy], [dbr], or [myprog] section of synergy.ini (where myprog is any .dbr file).

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