Help me diagnose this font issue



  • Hi folks,

    I'm having repeated font problems on Chrome. When I first open Chrome everything is fine, but after a while (a day, or few days perhaps) some of the tabs start to look like this:

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    WTDWTF is consistently one set of tabs that does this, but it's not the only one; I also get it in Asana, which we use for our task lists:

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    But not all sites seem to be affected (probably because of their font choices, I suppose.)

    Opening a new tab doesn't help, even if I close all tabs from the site. I have to close Chrome altogether and open it again.

    What should I be looking at/for to work out why this is happening? I'm a data guy, presentation is not my strong suit, so I'm going to need some hand-holding here. (I can manage to open the inspector and poke around. But I don't know what to poke at.)

    ETA: Chrome 57.0.2987.133 on Windows 7 Pro SP1.



  • @Scarlet_Manuka Wow, I haven't seen fonts that ugly since the "Linux goes desktop, 2000 edition"



  • It may be similar to this issue: https://coderwall.com/p/9tecwq/fix-poor-font-rendering-in-chrome-on-windows

    tldr: Turn on cleartype in your system settings, and "Disable accelerated 2D Canvas" in Chrome settings (I think it's under chrome://flags)



  • @wft said in Help me diagnose this font issue:

    @Scarlet_Manuka Wow, I haven't seen fonts that ugly since the "Linux goes desktop, 2000 edition"

    Yeah, as you can imagine it's pretty painful to read when it goes like that.

    @hungrier said in Help me diagnose this font issue:

    Turn on cleartype in your system settings, and "Disable accelerated 2D Canvas" in Chrome settings (I think it's under chrome://flags)

    Thanks for that. I already had cleartype on, but I've disabled the accelerated 2D canvas and we'll see if that makes a difference.


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