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Today Google Chrome 37 got final and well... the fonts looking ugly. It looks unsharp like on most .NET programs. Is there a way to disable DirectWrite and get back to Chrome <= 36 font rendering?

EDIT: To show you what I mean, I took two screenshots of this website:

DirectWrite On:

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DirectWrite Off:

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As you can see, with DirectWrite activated the vertical lines are sometimes unsharp. Without DirectWrite the vertical lines are mostly sharp and exact on the pixels of the screen.

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Although, if this is in fact a HiDPI issue as alluded to in the comments, it might be worth mentioning in the question itself. On normal text scaling, everything does look much better where previously, Web fonts especially were practically unreadable. –  BoltClock Aug 27 '14 at 14:04
@BoltClock: No, This problem occurs on normal DPI. On another PC I use display scaling. Didn't try Chrome 37 on this PC yet. –  Michael Aug 27 '14 at 14:06
Noticed the change this morning and thought something was wrong with my eyes (thanks Google). The letter spacing is definitely different and I'm not liking it. –  j08691 Aug 27 '14 at 15:08
You could always try calibrating cleartype to what suits you best instead of disabling directwrite. Search for cleartype in the control panel. –  Eejin Aug 27 '14 at 15:13
See superuser.com/questions/803710/… –  DavidPostill Aug 28 '14 at 7:36

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In order to disable DirectWrite.

Go to address bar and type chrome://flags/#disable-direct-write. There you will see the option to disable DirectWrite.

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I disabled DirectWrite, but the fonts are still unsharp and now the letters even have an uneven distance between them. By the way, I am using 125% DPI in Windows. –  Anderson Aug 27 '14 at 12:31
On Chrome 37 x64, the compatibility option for disabling display scaling on high-DPI displays doesn't work anymore. I must have a larger DPI on my computer because my eyes are not so good :) –  Anderson Aug 27 '14 at 12:50
This is interesting, because 37 fixed the weird font issues most of us have had for YEARS. –  patricksweeney Aug 27 '14 at 13:22
Right click the shortcut icon, and add the following to the Target field under the Shortcut tab: /high-dpi-support=1 /force-device-scale-factor=1 see superuser.com/questions/803710/… –  DavidPostill Aug 28 '14 at 7:37
Thanks for that! With DirectWrite on it suddently looked like my eyes were extremely tired. VERY unpleasant. –  Marco Aug 28 '14 at 16:27

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