If you suddenly find that your Google Chrome font is now displaying in italics, did you panic like I did? I must admit that I freaked out, thinking that I had a virus or have been hacked. My worry was even heightened when I tried Internet Explorer and webpages were displaying fine. But Chrome was my favorite browser – I use it every day, and rarely browse the web with Internet Explorer.
I tried the first steps in resolving most computer issues – reboot and cleared my temporary files , but the problem persisted.
After extensive research and trying many suggested solutions that did not work, I finally found one that worked like a charm, and that is why I am sharing the fix with you – so you do not waste your time like I did.
Cause of Problem
My Chrome browser worked perfectly well earlier in the day without any error, so it really did not give me any indication as why it started displaying in italics. I did not recall installing any software or Windows update that may have caused the display problem either.
My research however revealed that this is a known font display problem in Google Chrome, and Google is working on a solution as I write, but this temporary fix that worked for me and many others.
Update >>> The fix described below is no longer available in later versions of Chrome. You may use Chrome extensions such as Font Rendering Enhancer to resolve the problem of Chrome displaying in Italics. The Font Rendering Enhancer has worked for many, but not for everyone.
The Fix for Google Chrome Font Displaying in Italics
The solution provided in the following steps is what worked for me, and I hope it will also resolve your problem:
1) Open Google Chrome
2) In the address bar, copy and past chrome://flags#disable-direct-write
3) Hit Enter
4) Click Enable shown in red above. This disables DirectWrite, the background changes to white, and indicates DirectWrite is disabled, as shown below.
5) Click Relaunch Now at the bottom of your screen
6) Google Chrome will restart, and your font should now display normally
Hope this fix works for you, as it worked for me like a charm!