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Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear

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Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear SharifA 11/24/08 5:08 PM
I just installed Google Chrome.  The typeface is relatively large and slightly blurry or fuzzy.  Browser doesn't do any good if it gives you a headache trying to read the typeface.  (I'm writing this using the Firefox browser because looking at this in Chrome is too painful.)

Yes, I went to "Tools/Options/Minor Tweaks/ Fonts and Languages".  Changing the fonts doesn't do anything.

Even the pictures look fairly blurry.

I am using two monitors: the one that comes on my Toshiba U-305 computer, and a ViewSonic 1440X900 monitor.  The viewsonic is my main monitor.

I'd like at least test-drive  Chrome, but can't do that with an eyestrain headache.

Peace,

Sharif
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear egeway 12/25/08 2:38 PM
I have exactly the same problem looking at Google Chrome: FUZZY TYPEFACE.  
No solution yet???
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear pmorlen 12/26/08 7:06 AM
I have the same issue.  I'm running a Dell T5400 with Windows XP Svc Pk 3 and dual Dell AS501 LCD monitors.  I hate to say it, but the typeface looks much better through Internet Explorer than Google Chrome.  It's smoother and easier on the eyes.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear pri40 12/26/08 6:09 PM
I view Chrome on several monitors - all LCD at 1024X768 (must be 60Hz) and they are all clear as crystal. I have tested my (own designed ) web sites on it and can't say this has ever been an issue. I just went and tried it on an older Dell 15" LCD monitor and frankly that monitor is less than perfect on everything. I use Firefox too and so far my impression is that Chrome displays better most of the time - so my answer is obviously not a solution but rather a comment. LCD monitors do prefer to run at their 'native' resolution - check the blurb that came with the screen for that and definitely at the recommended frequency (Hz).
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear Grasshopper 12/27/08 2:28 AM
I am having the same issue using an Acer laptop - 3 other browsers (Firefox, Opera and IE) are all crystal clear, only Chrome is the fuzzy one.  Has anyone worked this out yet?
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear SharifA 12/27/08 9:12 PM
No solutions yet.  Since my original posting, I've done a couple of things:

-- I've hooked my computer to a number monitors, from excellent to crappy.  The fuzzy typeface is consistent across all monitors.

-- I've done a side-by-side comparison of browsers: Chrome and Firefox, both running the exact same web page.  The difference is pronounced.

-- And, just in case someone might think it's a case of 57 year old eyeballs, I got a twentysomething (who is a big Chrome fan) to look at my side by side test.  His comment: "I can't believe it.  It looks like crap."

So, unless someone has an idea, I'm going to flush Chrome.  Too bad, since I am a big Google user/fan.  (Perhaps I'll keep it around for those times when I'm feeling masochistic and need to give myself a headache...)
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear rsides 1/7/09 8:50 AM
Not sure this is really a ''solution" but I've found if you increase the font size by one  unit (Ctrl+) it becomes much clearer. Still not as crisp as I'd like but definitely no longer headache inducing...
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear SharifA 1/7/09 10:46 AM
Thanks for the suggestion.  Yes, it makes it a little less blurry, and might actually move it out of headache-land.  (I notice I was able to read about half an article before I gave up again. I was squinting...)  While better, it's still not at the level where I'm willing to spend hours in front of this browser.

Incidentally, for all who are looking into this problem: I did indeed uninstall and reinstall Chrome.  No significant change.

Also: it seems to look just a tad better on the original monitor for my Toshiba laptop (U-305 series) than my Viewsonic monitor.  But, it could be that the Toshiba's a little further away from my face...

Do actual Google people ever respond on this forum?
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear Critesjm 1/7/09 4:15 PM
Uhm.. have any of you turned on Microsoft ClearType? It makes all the fonts on your machine clearer. Try that.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear CapitalQ 1/7/09 4:32 PM
How odd. Unlike Safari for Windows, Google Chrome does not use any alternate fonts or methods of font smoothing on my system (pages display 100% exactly the same as they do in Firefox, IE or any other browser). Perhaps Google Chrome has a ClearType override implemented? (I wouldn't notice as I always have Microsoft ClearType enabled).
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear sandyland 1/30/09 11:51 AM
I just installed Google Chrome today and have been able to use it for about an hour before my eyes felt strained.  I am having this same problem, and am using 2 monitors, HP L1906 and my HP Compaq nc8430 laptop.  I've tried the ctrl + to increase the font and it does not make much difference.  The font is not "smoothed" like it appears on my Internet Explorer browser.  I mean I was trying to compose an email in Yahoo and got through about a paragraph before I said forget this, saved as a draft and opened my Explorer to finish the rest.  I am even struggling trying to get through typing this on Chrome.  Oh well, I was looking forward to using this but will have to put it on the back burner unless the problem is resolved.  Doesn't sound like support has contacted anyone about it, but I will send in my complaint soon.  BTW I have perfect vision and do not typically have this problem before with looking at my screen.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear SharifA 2/17/09 1:03 PM
I SOLVED IT MYSELF!!

This is what I did...

Open Personalization
Click on Adjust Font Size DPI
Select 96 DPI, click Apply and OK
Restart you computer

This turns the typeface on ALL of your items much smaller.  But, the added benefit is that it makes Chrome READABLE WITHOUT EYESTRAIN! (At least on my monitors.)  Then, you can use "ctrl-+" to make it larger... still clear, without fuzzing up.  

I'm frankly disappointed that the Google tech folks never took this matter seriously and offered help/suggestions.  It took me stumbling across the answer accidentally.  Oh well...

Peace,

S.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear Simon D. Internets 2/17/09 5:04 PM
Hi all,

This is a new one -- let us know if any of the solutions posted here (like Sharif's or rsides') helps you with the fuzzy typeface.

Simon
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear egeway 2/27/09 6:06 AM
I tried all the answers posted here,  NONE of them helped me.  

Google tech please do something.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear tameware 3/2/09 1:48 PM
I had the same problem. Critesjm's suggestion of enabling ClearType did the trick for me:

Control Panel/Display/Appearance/Effects/Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts/ClearType
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear srmani 3/6/09 8:54 PM
Yes, changing to ClearType worked (and helped Firefox font too)!
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear Dejan1024 3/7/09 1:46 AM
I had no problems with typeface whatsoever, but I experimented a bit.
When I turn ClearType on, Chrome typeface becomes fuzzy. When I switch back to Standard, the typeface is clear.
(I am using Large fonts (120 DPI) font settings, by the way)

I guess you should experiment with font size and ClearType settings to see which one works best.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear wulfom 8/11/09 9:46 PM
Same problem here on Windows Vista Home 64. 1680x1050 res with 120 DPI. It doesn't seem like a web content problem either. The entire Chrome browser window: tab titles, toolbars, etc are all noticably fuzzy. It's not just text either, though text is most noticable - any edge be it an icon or the edge of a tab affected. The whole chrome window just isn't at the same level of clarity as IE, FF, and my OS's windows.

Hope they fix it because chrome is way faster than my IE.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear wulfom 8/11/09 9:50 PM
I also tried turning cleartype off, but I didn't notice any difference in Chrome. I did however notice a difference with everything else in Windows... so turning it off for my web browser isn't really acceptable for me.

As soon as this is fixed I'm back on Chrome...but until then it's FF.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear gxxxxn 8/17/09 6:10 PM
This is not the monitor - the cause is the video driver. In particular Nvidia drivers do this things. I change video cards a lot, so I am well acquainted with the problem. And it Only happens on some Nvidia cards.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear olhovsky 10/31/09 11:24 PM
Notably, many people in this thread (including myself) experience blurry type in Chrome when fonts are set to 120DPI in windows. (I'm using Vista.)
Setting fonts to the normal size fixes the problem in chrome, but now you are stuck with normal size fonts.

Google, please fix :)
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear garretwhitney 11/11/09 2:51 PM
Google, where are you?  This is a consistent problem that drives people away.  
I'm pleased with Chrome's speed, but can't use it till you fix this.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear slimkris 12/1/09 10:02 PM
Thank you CRITESJM.  Running the Microsoft ClearType, did the trick in three easy steps.  If anyone needs the URL its at:  http://www.microsoft.com/typography/cleartype/tuner/Step1.aspx
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear BuckFloot 12/2/09 3:02 PM
I had the same problem, and solved it for my computer. It wasn't the ctrl+ or turn on Cleartype.
I recently installed the Catalyst driver and I think this one changed "the display size of fonts and other objects" to 106% instead of 100%.
When I changed it back to 100 everything was clear as hell.
In Windows 7 (and probably Vista too) it's under display settings, and then "change text size..." or something.
I don't know the exact title in English because I run a Dutch version.
Hopefully this helps you all.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear Nero-53 12/13/09 4:57 AM
I have the opposite problem. My fonts are all blocky and pixelated, but I want them smooth and blurry like in Safari. Any suggestions?
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear satyajeet.s.d 12/13/09 7:28 AM
Go To Desktop > Right click > Properties > Appearance > Effects >
Check the box :Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts >
Under it is a selection box - select 'ClearType'
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear MusicalSpirit 12/15/09 9:20 PM
I would like to use Chrome, but have gone back to IE and Firefox on each of my four computers (including laptop) because Chrome, in all cases, has crappy fonts, and is too hard to read. I have tried various "fixes" posted, but always either lost something else I wanted in other apps and still saw no improvement in crappy Chrome fonts, or just simply saw no other changes, and no improvements in Chrome fonts. Too bad. 'seems like Google would want to consider something like readability more important that all the other 'extra' features they have focused on.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear victorcharles 1/12/10 4:19 AM
I have the same problem- always have ever since I first started using Chrome. I just installed the stable version of 4.0.249.64 - fonts still look crappy- really crappy. Jaggies rule in Chrome. I'm gonna say it- cuz no one else will- this post thread first started over a YEAR ago- c'mon people, isn't it obvious- for whatever reasons, Google is unable to get this problem fixed- maybe they're busy seeking a coder who is an expert in font programming- maybe they're just taking their time in the scheduled rollouts of Chrome's new versions- I realize that Chrome is still in its infancy- but what kills me is the post back in Feb. 2009 by Simon D. Internets, the Google Employee: "This is a new one"- OH please- you're killin me!
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear R.M.B. 1/16/10 6:43 PM
Having this exact same problem on a new laptop running Windows 7 64 bit with Clear Type fonts turned on.  Resolution set at 1920x1080.  Fuzziness only appears in Chrome and nothing else.  Haven't been able to figure out a way to fix it.  

On my primary computer, a Win XP 32 bit box with resolution set at 1920x1080, everything is crystal clear.  This issue really confuses me.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear trey99 2/28/10 7:31 AM
Same problem on Win XP.  Everything else on my computer is clear and great, except for Chrome.  www.cnn.com is a page that really seems to consistently highlight the problem for me.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear biggles NZ 3/1/10 7:27 PM
IE by default uses ClearType, while Chrome looks at your OS settings - see http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=20619.

You can turn on ClearType via here: http://www.microsoft.com/typography/cleartype/tuner/Step1.aspx

Of course the big disadvantage with this is that it affects every other app you run, which sucks. I'm still deciding if I'm going to stick with chrome or go back to IE because of this.

I'm using XP
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear Gawaher 3/7/10 8:56 AM
I stopped using chrome long ago, because of the blur issue. Eveything is blurred, not just text.
I only drop by occasionally to see if google guys did anything about it. I'm not surprised they did nothing. It will be probably 2-3 years before they stop by and read what the rest of us say..
So, until then, Firefox rules!
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear Phil2010 3/30/10 2:24 PM
I was a loyal fan of Firefox, but their fonts are way too small on my new laptop (no way to zoom other than Cntl + on every single page).  I love Chrome, but way too blurry.  I hate the fact that I have to switch back to IE, but their fonts (at 150%) are clear and easy to read.  I hope that Chrome figures out what to do on very high resolution laptops (which need their dpi set to 150+% and need their browser zoom set to 125+%).  I'm sure I could set my resolution way down from its current 1920 x 1200 to something low like 1280 x 800, but I don't want to sacrifice quality just because my browser can't handle high resolutions.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear tosun 4/5/10 9:35 PM
thanks guys.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear NickFromAnnArbor 4/21/10 9:52 AM
I decided to try Chrome. Everything came up fuzzy. I do not have the time to cope with this. If they want their browser to succeed they are the ones with the expertise to fix it and must do so. IE, Firefox, Opera, Amaya, and Safari have never done this. Google needs to ask themselves what they are doing wrong and fix it. The postings here must represent a tiny fraction of those with the problem.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear vkventures 6/3/10 12:04 PM
I have Chrome Ver 5.0.375.55 on my laptop.  My OS is XP.  When I use chrome under one user its perfect.  I just created another user account  on XP downloaded chrome for the user and its all fuzzy????   I've changed font size played with settings and nothing works?  Any idea's?
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear gflynn3 7/13/10 11:52 AM
I found Sharif's solution worked for me.  See above.   Thanks

Open Personalization
Click on Adjust Font Size DPI
Select 96 DPI, click Apply and OK
Restart you computer
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear RabbitRobot 8/19/10 10:34 PM
Gflynn, Sharif (or anyone else)

Having the same problem (Chrome only, not IE, and yes, on an LCD not operating at native resolution, b/c I don't see that well, so I'm not sure if this method will work if it makes the fonts really small) but, still:
but where is "Personalization", please? as in

   "Open Personalization
     Click on Adjust Font Size DPI
     Select 96 DPI, click Apply and OK"

I did also take the ClearType advice, which helped but not entirely. I think I had not used it before b/c I thought it used more video resources, which are already not up to snuff.)

Thanks!
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear 7-Up 8/25/10 3:02 PM
Right-click on the Google Chrome icon on the desktop and choose "Properties".
Select the "Compatibility" tab and check the "Disable display scaling on high DPI settings" checkbox.
Apply the changes and click OK to close the properties dialog.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear pclissa 8/27/10 7:22 AM
Right on this solved the problem.  Thanks 7-Up
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear erica1064 8/27/10 5:39 PM
7-Up - that was perfect.  Thanks so much!
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear satyajeet.s.d 9/14/10 9:51 PM
Go To Desktop > Right click > Properties > Appearance > Effects >
Check the box :Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts >
Under it is a selection box - select 'ClearType'

Even this works
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear xmw 9/20/10 3:41 PM
7-up's method works if you have a high resolution screen and use font up-scaling . chrome just doesn't know how to do the job.  IE/FF don't have the problem.  disabling scaling under compatibility works, but then you may have to read super small text or manually zoom in on every webpage.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear syco_blowfish 10/29/10 7:20 PM
SOLUTION FOUND!!!


7-ups method did not work for me. and changing the cleartype setting in win vista only affected the win interface fonts and had no effect on certain chrome pages that were appearing blurry (eg hotmail)

i have my win vista font setting to standard (instead of cleartype)


but the easiest solution i have found for this fuzzy text problem is in chrome

options>under the hood> change font and language options> change the font size (i changed times new roman and arial (locked together for some reason) to 17 and courier to size 15 and left the encoding alone)

this has worked very well for me.

i use a msi x320 laptop with a 1366 x 768 (13.4") LED screen.

and windows font size has always been 96 dpi (120 dpi in inherently blurry for all text display and i truly dislike it)
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear jmcqueen 5/5/11 2:16 PM
Thank you 7-Up.That worked.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear ternarybits 9/24/11 7:00 PM
The best solution I found was to go to Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Display and change the size from "Larger" to "Medium".  I don't know why it worked, but it did.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear FiveF 10/8/11 12:42 AM
Thank you 7-UP, simply fix, greatly appreciated!
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear FiveF 10/8/11 12:44 AM
I just wish more people would take the time to read what you posted rather than post the same problem. Thanks again.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear citadelcatholicmedia 10/14/11 9:36 AM
Same issue--thanks 7-up-great solution--problem solved.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear david649 4/13/12 5:14 PM
Try to check for GPU Acceleration on Chrome. Type on the URL bar "about:flags" without the " and look where it says GPU ... Try to disable or enable it.. and fonts in chrome is much better now.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear david649 4/13/12 5:17 PM
cleartype setting, font size etc did not work for me.
Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear Umm...I'll Have That 4/20/12 7:16 PM
I found the best solution for this problem in Windows 7:

(1) go to C:\Users\[insert login]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application

(2) right click chrome.exe ->Properties -> Compatibility

(3) check box for "Disable display scaling on high DPI settings"

(4) restart chrome

(5) Open chrome Options -> Under The Hood -> Change Font and Language Settings

(6) Change the size of either the Serif or Sans Serif to 22 point font and Change the fixed width font size to 22
 
Everything is crisp and readable for me now

Re: Google Typeface "Fuzzy" -- needs to be clear Fish44 10/22/12 3:14 PM
Did if for me. Cheers for the fix.
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