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I've always thought my font looked too fat and blurry in Sublime Text 2, almost as if it's constantly bold, so I decided to open Gedit and Sublime Text side by side and compare. Indeed, all fonts look much sharper and clearer in Gedit. I confirmed that the system wide settings (Appearance->Fonts->Rendering) has no effect in Sublime Text 2 by changing them and watching Gedit following the changes, and Sublime Text 2 staying exactly the same.

Why isn't Sublime Text 2 affected by system wide font rendering settings?

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You should look in your Sublime Text user settings – the file Preferences.sublime-settings in \Sublime Text 2\Packages\User\ – if there's a font setting, especially a font_options.

If this is the case, this setting will override your system-wide settings.

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