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The font/text in the menu bar and tab titles look like crap.

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The font/text in the menu bar and tab titles look like crap.

Because my question involves the appearance of firefox, I have taken screenshots and posted them on a free image hosting service. After clicking the link, click the image to view it in full-size.

Figures 1-3 Figures 4-5

I am running Windows 7, and Firefox 4.0 Beta 6.

I recently turned off cleartype, but because Segoe UI is designed for it, I switched my default system font to Tahoma. Now all my fonts in all my programs are much clearer. There is only one program that didn't follow-suit, and that is firefox.

Figure 1 is an example of the font issues with firefox, figures 2 and 3 are examples of the same font displaying without any issues in Windows Explorer and IE. In figure 1, note how the vertical line letters such as 'i', 'k', and 'l' look terrible next to other letters, as in Edit and Tools.

Figures 4 and 5 are enlarged examples. The letters in the exact same word, 'Tools', using the same font, Tahoma, are all squished together in Firefox. It also appears the word is 3 or 4 pixels shorter in width, while being the same height. It is as if Firefox is trying to force a font size of 9, while the rest of my system uses 10.

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Re: The font/text in the menu bar and tab titles look like crap.

Such issues can be caused by Direct2D.

Direct2D & DirectWrite HW Acceleration For Minefield - Info: http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=1775755

You can try to disable D2D:
Tools > Options > Advanced : General: Browsing: "Use hardware acceleration when available"

You can also set the pref mozilla.widget.render-mode to 0 (default is -1) on the about:config page.

To open the about:config page, type about:config in the location (address) bar and press the "Enter" key, just like you type the url of a website to open a website.
If you see a warning then you can confirm that you want to access that page.

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Site Moderator

Re: The font/text in the menu bar and tab titles look like crap.

Such issues can be caused by Direct2D.

Direct2D & DirectWrite HW Acceleration For Minefield - Info: http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=1775755

You can try to disable D2D:
Tools > Options > Advanced : General: Browsing: "Use hardware acceleration when available"

You can also set the pref mozilla.widget.render-mode to 0 (default is -1) on the about:config page.

To open the about:config page, type about:config in the location (address) bar and press the "Enter" key, just like you type the url of a website to open a website.
If you see a warning then you can confirm that you want to access that page.

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Re: The font/text in the menu bar and tab titles look like crap.

The mozilla.widget.render-mode preference works in beta 6, but this preference has now been removed from the latest development builds and will not work in beta 7 or later.

Removed by the part 2 patch for Bug 596494 – Update render mode on device removal

New User

Re: The font/text in the menu bar and tab titles look like crap.

cor-el,

Well I tried both at once, so I'm not sure which one it was, but it worked! My tabs and menu bar look just like everything else now! Hooray!

Thank you so much for your detailed, concise, effective, and hasty reply. I am impressed.

New User

Re: The font/text in the menu bar and tab titles look like crap.

Yes - Switching off the H A fixed it. I wonder though n what ways my browsing experience will be affected elsewhere? iPlayer etc.