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Firefox allows you to force webpages to use the fonts you specify by unchecking "Allow pages to choose their own fonts instead of my selection above" in the advanced fonts settings. I use this to force cleartype fonts in Firefox.

Is there a way to do this in Google Chrome?

Answers

There is an enhancement-request bug report open at Chromium's Google Code bug tracker to enable ClearType support. It's a priority 2 so it will hopefully be fixed a few releases from now (but maybe that's just wishful thinking).

Windows XP clear type is enough for Chrome. Just turn on Display->Appearance->Effects->"Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts"->"Clear Type" and you are done.

Bumped into this when I was also searching for how to force chrome to use my fonts. Found Ubuntu 10.10 (unified font style) v1.0 It forces chrome to use Ubuntu fonts. But can not select other than Ubuntu fonts.

You can specify which font you want Chrome to display, follow the steps below.

  1. Go to the directory: C:\Users\*username*\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\User StyleSheets
  2. Open "Custom.css" using Notepad (The file will be blank if you didn't add anything inside).
  3. Type this line of code in:

    -* {font-family: "font name";}

  4. Don't type the hyphen (-) in, this is added so as to make the asterisk (*) display, instead of bullet point.
  5. Replace the "font name" with your own font, this is just an example.
  6. Save the file, and launch Chrome.

This will make Chrome's default font become the font you want it to display, also applies to webpages, but some website developers would probably do something that it won't force ALL content to be displayed in your desired font. To fix this, follow the steps below.

  1. Once you added the code and saved the CSS files from the above steps, open the CSS file again.
  2. This time, add in any rubbish characters, for example, a hash (#) can do the trick. Example code:

    -* {font-family: "Segoe UI#";}

  3. Now launch Chrome. Go to Settings by typing "chrome://settings" without quotes to access Settings menu (or press the icon with 3 lines and click Settings)
  4. In the "Search settings" field, type "fonts" without quotes and click Customize fonts...
  5. Under "Standard Font", choose the fonts in the list and Chrome will display it.

Again, don't type the hyphen in Step 2.

Another solution is the Font Rendering Enhancer extension:

Font Rendering Enhancer comes from Opera Font Rendering by thunder13. Darker and clearer text on almost every page (http and https). Modified and ported Mac OSX Font Rendering by proxxy (from Opera on Presto engine).

The windows browsers render the fonts based on the normal sub-pixel rendering without implementing Font smoothing, anti-aliasing as noticeable as Mac OSX. This tweak applies text to be displayed more anti-aliased using CSS3 property. So modern browsers supporting CSS3 and userstyle support would be able to support it.

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