Chrome was updated to version 35 yesterday, and the Windows version has a new flag called Enable DirectWrite. This flag greatly improves Chrome’s horrible font rendering on Windows, and negates the need for programs like MacType to fix the fonts.
Here’s a before and after comparison on Google Fonts:
Looks nice, eh? Here’s how to enable DirectWrite in Chrome on Windows:
- Navigate to chrome://flags
- Find Enable DirectWrite, click Enable (or paste this into your address bar: chrome://flags/#enable-direct-write)
- Relaunch Chrome (there’s a button at the bottom of the page after you click Enable)
- Check out them sexy fonts!
You may see some bugs with this flag but it’s worth the bugs, in my opinion. I did notice a bug on WordPress.org:
And you may see a bug with unstyled selector menus when you scroll them, they might jumble up. So far I haven’t seen that bug since 35 was in beta, so we should be good.