My google chrome browser started behaving strangely concerning fonts rendering under Ubuntu 16.04:

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It started happening today only in chrome. Firefox is all good. It appears that anti-aliasing settings in unity-tweak-tool doesn't have any effect in the referred problem. Just tried all of them with no avail.

Is anyone having the same issue?

I will appreciate any help.

  • Have you checked your font settings within Chrome? Settings > Advanced Settings > Web Content > Customize fonts. I would recommend trying to set them back to defaults first. Let me know if that does anything. Aug 2, 2017 at 13:18
  • Type chrome://settings/fonts in chrome address bar to open fonts settings. See if any font was configured in bold type.
    – Biswapriyo
    Aug 2, 2017 at 13:28
  • I'm having the same issue since a couple days ago. Running Linux Mint (the one based on Ubuntu 16.04). I just reset all my fonts and nothing.
    – Budius
    Aug 2, 2017 at 18:42
  • @Budius Another thing to look for would be updates for Chrome itself. I have seen a number of questions today regarding Linux and Chrome that seem to have been fixed by updates. Aug 2, 2017 at 19:27
  • @CheesusCrust, i coudn't find this path of settings in chrome. It appears that all chrome settings are accessible only through chrome://settings. Aug 2, 2017 at 20:42

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Problem solved by "Resetting all to default" in chrome://flags and restarting the browser. Thanks for the help...


I found the culprit. I had the "GPU Rasterization" Chrome Flag (chrome://flags/#enable-gpu-rasterization) set to "Force-enabled for all layers". Changing that back to "Default" and restarting Chrome fixed the issue.


I my case reset all flags was not enough. '#enable-gpu-rasterization' has to be set to Disabled to fix Fonts rendering issue. The default option is not always is 'Disabled'.

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