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Why are small fonts harder to read in Fedora 25 than they were in Fedora 24?

asked 2017-01-16 08:14:32 -0500

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updated 2017-01-16 09:20:32 -0500

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In Fedora 25, small fonts are difficult to read. Specifically, I use Sans Serif size 7 for everything except Terminal. When I do this, the letters seem to blend together at different times. In Fedora 24, I can do the same thing and have no issues as the text is always clear and legible. Has anyone else experienced this? I have tested on different model laptops with the same results. I run Plasma 5 as my UI.

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answered 2017-01-16 08:48:34 -0500

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updated 2017-01-16 08:52:45 -0500

Seems the issue is related to Font Hinting and how the default value was changed in Fedora 25 fontconfig. In System Settings, go to Fonts and set "Use-Antialiasing" to Enabled, then click Configure. Change Hinting to Medium and save. Restart applications and "poof"! Fixed.

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Striker gravatar imageStriker ( 2017-01-16 09:23:18 -0500 )edit

Or simply, install Gnome Tweak Tool, and at Fonts tab, you can configure all the above with a click from your mouse, for convenience.

MaoTao gravatar imageMaoTao ( 2017-01-17 06:29:28 -0500 )edit

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