Tutorial: Set Font Smoothing in Snow Leopard

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  1. RHochstenbach

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    One of the changes in Snow Leopard is the removal of the Font Smoothing options. On some screens the text might be difficult to read. But with the terminal, you can still use Font Smoothing

    These options are available:

    • Light (1)
    • Medium - Best for Flat Panel (2)
    • Strong (3)

    Paste the command of your preferred Font Smoothing option in the Terminal (Applications > Utilities > Terminal):

    Light:
    Code:
    defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 1
    Medium:
    Code:
    defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2
    Strong:
    Code:
    defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 3
    To go back to the defaults, go to System Preferences > Apperance. Clear the checkbox "use LCD font smoothing when available" (which is displayed as a dash instead of a check mark) and put a check mark there.
     

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