fonts

Why Is It Hard to Read Fonts on My iMac?

iMac 27"

Episode 1820

Chuck from Thousand Oaks, CA

Chuck has a 5-year-old iMac, and the hard drive has crashed. He replaced it, and now he's having issues with the second external monitor. Leo says that the cable adapter may have caused issues. So changing the cable may solve the issue. But it could also be a problem with your system preferences.  Look for "smooth LCD fonts where available." There was also a change in BigSur that may be impacting how your fonts are seen.

How Can I Read Websites That Use Hard to Read Font Colors?

Stylebot - Google Chrome Extension

Episode 1795

Andy from Ventura, CA

Andrew is tired of seeing unreadable, grayed-out text on websites. Leo blames Wired Magazine for the trend, which started around the early 2000s. And it's even worse on mobile devices. But there are a few tips to work around it. Almost all browsers will allow you to create a custom style sheet to override the settings of a website. It was created for this very reason. But it isn't easy to do. Check out the StyleBot extension in Google Chrome.

Can I change the font size in my DirecTV box?

TV Remote

Episode 1463

George from Santa Monica, CA

George is visually impaired and DirecTV has changed the font size of their menu interface to the point where he can't read it from his chair. Is there a way to change it back? Leo says that he can customize the program guide, and if he can't change the font size, he could change the screen size for the directory in the menu settings. There's a huge thread at the AT&T Forums that outline a lot of complaints like that.

What's wrong with my email?

Font

Episode 1410

Cheryl from Berlin, WI

Cheryl is having issues typing a comma in her web email. It changes to a symbol for some reason. Leo says it sounds like a typeface or font problem. It's probably damaged and can't find the comma, so it inserts something else. She should try changing the default fonts in her browser settings to another default font. Leo suspects that her ISP is sending a corrupted font. So she'll have to take it up with them.

How can I make websites easier to see?

Magnify text

Episode 1379

Richard from Los Angeles, CA

Leo says that most browsers can enlarge the screen text to make it easier to read. In most browsers, pressing "Ctrl" and "+" will make the text bigger, while pressing "Ctrl" and "-" will make the text smaller.

As we get bigger screens, text seems to get smaller because a higher resolution means smaller dots. Richard can go into the Windows' Control Panel and change the resolution settings to make his display show everything larger. Windows 10 also has a slider that will make the fonts larger.

Why does the font change in my browser while I'm typing?

Episode 1299

Richard from Burbank, CA

Richard has noticed the fonts change while he's using Yahoo Mail, and is wondering why that's happening. Leo says that there's something about his browser that is causing it. He may be accidentally hitting the keyboard combination while he's typing. It's usually "Control +" that he would hit. If he's using Chrome, then it sounds like a bug in Yahoo's javascript. Since it's being sold off by Yahoo, it's likely that they're not really addressing issues like this. The issue has been going on since 2012 and there's not much in the way of answers. He could try resetting his browser.

How can I find an old Windows XP font without having an XP computer anymore?

Episode 1200

Paul from Palmdale, CA

Paul used to write his daughter messages from the tooth fairy in a cryptic, fairy-looking font on Windows XP. Then she would change the font to read the messages. Now he has a CD with these notes on it, but none of the documents can be read because he doesn't have a Windows XP computer with that font installed anymore. How can he find that font?

How can I fix my font folder in Windows?

Episode 1163

Howard from Tarzana, CA

Howard creates fonts as a hobby and he's even sold some. But he's having issues being able to install fonts in Windows 7. He sees that it's there, but he can't see it in an application or in the font folder. Leo says that Howard may have routed the font in an improper fashion that caused it to go wrong. He should right click on the font and use install. Here's how - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Install-or-delete-fonts. That will make it work properly.