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I've recently switched from Windows to Linux (elementary OS), and installed Notepad++ with Wine.

It works fine, but looks like Windows 95.


I tried setting registry settings to make the fonts look better, and everything from this thread.

I also tried compiling Wine with this patch applied.

Nothing makes a difference to the font rendering.

How can I enable font hinting or anti-aliasing in Wine?

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What version of wine? – Michael Hampton Oct 23 '12 at 2:20
@MichaelHampton I'm using Wine version 1.5.15. – uınbɐɥs Oct 23 '12 at 2:23
Try using a stable (1.4.x) version instead? – Michael Hampton Oct 23 '12 at 2:24
@MichaelHampton From what I've heard, font smoothing stopped working in v1.1.x, but I will try 1.4. – uınbɐɥs Oct 23 '12 at 2:28
@MichaelHampton I looked at the screenshot in the Software Center (v1.4), and the font is aliased / not smoothed. – uınbɐɥs Oct 23 '12 at 2:37
up vote 4 down vote accepted

It turned out to be easier than I thought: font substitution.

Smooth fonts in Notepad++/Wine

Here's how to make the fonts look better:

  1. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\Fonts\Replacements in the Wine registry editor (wine regedit).
  2. Create a new string value called Segoe UI, and set its value to Droid Sans (or any other sans-serif font name).
  3. Naviagte to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes.
  4. Create a new string called MS Shell Dlg and set its value to a sans-serif font (I used Droid Sans again). Create another string called MS Shell Dlg 2 and do the same. [source]
  5. Close the registry editor and run wineboot to restart Wine.

Great! Smooth fonts!

But: the monospace font in Notepad++ is still jagged.

The fix for that is quite easy, too:

  1. Open the Style Configurator (Settings -> Style Configurator).
  2. Choose the font and font size that you want, then check 'Enable global font' and 'Enable global font size' to activate the settings. I chose Droid Sans Mono as the font.

I hope that this will help someone else too.

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