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All the Text is presented in bold

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  • Last reply by cor-el

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Suddenly, on every site I visit all the screen text is bold. I've done the three recommended troubleshooting steps to no avail.

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Did you check for problems with a missing or corrupted font?

Try to disable the website fonts as a test and try a few different default (serif/sans-serif) fonts.
Tools > Options > Content : Fonts & Colors: Advanced ([ ] Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above)

If that works then you need to reinstall the corrupted font.

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Does the screen seem bigger/smaller at all? if it does try pressing the ctrl key and scrolling the mouse wheel. Scrolling up will make the screen bigger, scrolling down will make the screen smaller. If you don't have a mouse and are using a mouse button, press view > zoom > zoom in/zoom out. If that doesn't work go to tools > options > content > fonts and colors > advanced, like cor-el said. The font settings I have on that right now are:

Fonts for Western

Proportional: Serif Size: 16

Serif: Arial

Sans-Serif: Arial

Monospace: Courier New Size: 13

Minimum Font Size: None

Those are my settings of course, you can adjust them however you'd like.

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Been there, twice, done it. No joy. Removed & re-downloaded & installed. Still no joy.

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Again, Been there, done that. Now joy. All still Bold.

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Did you try to disable website fonts and see if using a different default font works?

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Try going to Tools > Options > Content > Fonts and Colors > Colors. Then check "Allow pages to select their own colors, instead of my selections above".

If that doesn't work, it's possible that this is an Arial font problem. Try upgrading it by going to:

The download message can take a while to pop up, or at least it did for me.

Modified by midget2

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The point is to un-check that setting in Tools > Options > Content > Fonts and Colors and see if setting another font as the default works (e.g. Verdana). Then you know if there is a problem with the currently used font.

Also if you increase the font size too much then the font is displayed as bold, so try to set the minimum to None if you have changed that.

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Got it!! The XP Arial font file is corrupted. Affecting anything that uses it. Excel sees it as permanently Italicized.

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The fonts display normally in Chrome, but bold in FF12 and 64bit IE 9.0.6. Problem started after I upgraded from FF3.6.

I tried changing fonts and zoom - no effect. I installed FF3.6.28 and the problem was fixed for FF. I stayed with 3.6 for so long after reverting due to a buggy upgrade. 2-3 yrs later I venture to upgrade and it happens again! Think I will try Chrome now that I have it downloaded. :/

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Sometimes this issue can be caused by (anti-alias) settings in the display driver configuration, so you can look there as well.

You can do a font test to see if you can identify corrupted font(s).

You can try different default fonts.

  • Tools > Options > Content : Fonts & Colors > Advanced
  • [ ] "Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above"

You can use this extension to see which fonts are used for selected text.