Although the design of websites has come a long way since the birth of the Internet, it’s just not enough sometimes. You get bored of seeing the same fonts, day after day, week after week. That’s not true with Google Chrome, as the hugely popular browser has the option of changing the website font to one that you like. How? Well, read on to find out.  

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 Google Chrome Settings

Step 1:  Click the Chrome Menu in the top right hand corner of the Google Chrome browser and select “Settings”.

 Web Content Menu

Step 2: Scroll down and click “Show Advanced Settings”. Then scroll down until you see the “Web Content” heading, as shown above. Once you’ve found the Web Content menu, click “Customize fonts…”

Fonts and encoding menu 

Step 3: Change your font! The preview on the right hand side of each font selection will update to reflect your newly chosen font. Take note: if your default encoding doesn’t match the one needed by a website, the text may not display properly – so don’t go too overboard with “exotic” fonts.

Step 4: Click done and your settings will be saved.

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The font I’ve chosen isn’t displaying properly. What can I do?

If you do notice squares appearing in web pages where there should be text, one option is to substitute the web pages encoding – it’s a lot easier than it sounds, don’t worry!

Step 1: Click the Google Chrome options menu in the top right hand corner of the browser.

 Fix encoding issues

Step 2: Select “More Tools” then select “Encoding”. From here you can do one of two things, with the first being to manually select a different encoding, which can be confusing if you don’t understand encoding in general. The second option, which most people should do, is select “Auto-detect”.

If you select Auto-detect, Google Chrome will analyse the content on the page and recommend the best encoding choice. Once selected, your web page should reload with text instead of squares. Make sure that once you’re done viewing that web page, you change your encoding back to Unicode as Auto-detect can slow down your browsing experience.

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