How to enable DirectWrite font rendering in Google Chrome

The latest versions of the Google Chrome browser (e.g. 34 stable, 35 beta) come with a new font rendering feature which uses the DirectWrite engine instead of the old GDI engine. This means that fonts in your Google Chrome will look smoother than before. DirectWrite takes advantage of advances in OpenType font technology and ClearType font subpixel rendering technology to enable high quality typography in Windows applications. At this moment, you can enable DirectWrite font rendering in Google Chrome using the experimental 'flags' because this feature is still in testing.

  1. Run the Google Chrome browser and type the following text in the address bar:

    It will lead you directly to the new Enable DirectWrite feature.
    Chrome DirectWrite

  2. Click the Enable link under the option.
  3. Restart Google Chrome. You can use the Relaunch button which appears at the bottom of the browser after you click Enable.Chrome relaunch

That's it. Now your fonts should be smoother. In the example below, it is most noticeable at the question mark:
Question mark
[via Long Zheng]

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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