Font Rendering On Laptop Is Best In IE

How to fix the font rendering of Chrome and Firefox browsers on laptops using ClearType text.

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It’s been bothering me for awhile, font rendering in the latest version of Google Chrome and FireFox have been awful.  On popular sites like Google Plus or almost any other website that uses a Google font, ends up rendering poorly.  Oddly enough, Internet Explorer was doing a great job of rendering the fonts and looked best out of the big 3 browsers.

To fix the poor rendering of fonts in Chrome and Firefox on my laptop I had to enable a setting in the control menu.  ClearType Text was the setting that needed enabling to allow proper font rendering within Chrome and FireFox browsers.  Below are the steps to enable in Windows 7.

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Click on Appearance Personalization
  3. Click on Display
  4. Select Adjust ClearType Text, which can be found in the left hand bar.
  5. Tick the Enable box.

After you enable ClearType Text you will be guided through the font tuning process.  This requires you to select the best looking rendering of a font on 4 different occasions.  The process took less than 30 seconds and immediately fixed the font rendering in the browsers I prefer to use most.

According to Microsoft, ClearType Text should have been enabled by default on my version of Win 7.  It was not, but if you are looking for more information, follow this official Microsoft link.

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