How to change font smoothing on Mac OS X (like Windows)

If you used to work with Windows for a long time before changing to use Mac OS, in the beginning, you may feel uneasy to get used to the font displayed in Mac OS. The words look fatter and rounder and there is not much different between the bold and normal words. It’s blurring, lack of neatness and straight and harder to see than in Windows.

It’s caused by Mac OS settings which set a higher level of font smoothing (for anti aliasing), however, some people do not like this kind of font.

This is how the words are displayed in Windows:

Words displayed in Mac OS X:

And words displayed in Mac OS X after adjusting to value 2 (there are some options named 1, 2, 3 to adjust the font smoothing):

The, what is the way to adjust the font smoothing for the font in Mac OS?

Ok, at first, you must open Terminal apps, and use the following commands:

defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2

Inserting number 2 at the end, you will have a medium smoothing font.

Inserting number 1 at the end, you will have a softer smoothing font.

Inserting number 3 at the end, you will have a bolder smoothing font.

You can adjust the level of font smoothing to serve your needs.

Then, after adjusting, type the following command:

killall Finder

and then close and restart the browser and enjoy the results, you will immediately see the change of font smoothing level.

That’s it, hope you will succeed with that ^^!


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