FireFox and Chrome Screen Font Rendering
If you’re anything like me, then you are a Windows XP user who has the occasional need to reinstall your operating system. If you have recently done this and also use either FireFox or the new-ish Google Chrome browsers, you may have noticed some slightly strange looking font rendering:
The font rendering in these browsers looks jagged, with no anti-aliasing font smoothing in place. And that is the simple problem. XP installs with “Font Smoothing” set to Standard as opposed to the more effective and eye-pleasing ClearType. Resetting this option to ClearType has an immediate, and noticeable impact on your font display.
The setting is easily changed: Right-click on a blank area of your Desktop and select Properties from the pop-out menu. In the Display Properties dialogue, switch to the Appearance tab, and click on the Effects button near the bottom left. Ensure the tick mark alongside Use the following method to smooth the edges of screen fonts: is on, and then select ClearType from the drop-down options. A quick OK and Apply to apply the changes, reload your browser page, and you’re all done.