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Text is too light on web pages.

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I have Windows 7 and Firefox 32.0.3. I often come across web pages on which the text is such light gray that it's impossible to read. In a previous thread about this, the instructions were: "go into the windows control panel & reconfigure cleartype settings:"

It worked for someone, but it did nothing for me. How can I make the text on web pages dark enough to read?

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Hi shanter, Thank you for your question, I understand that there are still some pages that have grey text and hard to read even after trying cleartype.

The other option built into the browser that you can change the default text color is in this menu: Options > Content > Fonts and colors

Here you can choose for websites to choose the font or can choose the default font color.

However if this does not help, can you please provide an example website where this is happening for further investigation.


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ClearType only makes the font looking better. It doesn't affect the text color in case web pages specify such a faint color like this forum does.

You can use the NoSquint extension to set font size (text/page zoom) and text color on web pages.

It is also possible to do this with with code in Stylish or userContent.css for websites that you visit frequently. I usually try a bookmarklet in cases like this to improve the readability.

javascript:(function(){var SS=document.createElement('style');SS.setAttribute('type','text/css');'style_bbw';SS.innerHTML='*{color:#222!important;background-color:#f8f8f8} a{text-decoration:underline!important}a[href] *{color:#25f!important}a[href^="javascript:"],a[onclick]{cursor:move;color:green!important}';document.querySelector('head').appendChild(SS);})()
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I have some bookmarklets that can retheme a page if the text is hard to read. That is what I do to fix that problem. This is a page with such bookmarklets:

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Thank you! By going to Tools/Options/Content/Fonts & Colors/Colors and unchecking the box by "Allow pages to choose their own colors, instead of my selections above" (and My selections are white background, black text), IT WORKED!

My getting-older eyes thank you, too. :-)

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Note that you disable background images that way, so you may be getting problems with page elements (buttons) that solely consist of a background image.

A better option is usually to use the above mentioned NoSquint extension.