Dominic Williams

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Update: Google Chrome browser fonts problem on Mac OS X

with 8 comments

You may have seen my earlier post on this topic here and thought “Yippeee” problem solved!

Well that’s true, if you’re on Mac and your font manager serves one of the standard Web fonts like Arial, then by removing the font from the manager and allowing Chrome to fall through to the version in the system font library you fix the problem (remember that the Chrome security model currently only allows it to read fonts from the standard systems fonts folder).

Unfortunately this does not work for all cases!! For example, if a Web page uses a font like Calibri, such as then this font won’t be in your system fonts folder. On the other hand, as in my case, it may be in your font manager.

You can’t delete it from your font manager, because there is no system equivalent

Currently, no obvious fix! // except… I decided Calibri wasn’t that important and disabled it 🙂 anyway

Come on Google sort out the Mac!


Written by dominicwilliams

February 12, 2010 at 10:09 am

Posted in Chrome browser, Client tools

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8 Responses

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  1. Google Chrome the best browser
    Thank you

    صفر واحد

    March 15, 2010 at 11:20 pm

  2. Your blog posts were helpful but limited.
    I’ve emailed Insider Software (FontAgent Pro) and they are aware of the issue. It seems Chrome needs to fix its non-standard OS X font calls.
    Sticking with Firefox.

    Steve B.

    March 31, 2010 at 5:22 pm

  3. FYI- the latest Google Chrome beta seems to have solved some or most of the font display issue when using a third party font manager.

    Steve B.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:27 am

  4. You saved my day, thanks mate 🙂

    Lars T

    May 7, 2010 at 1:34 pm

  5. Still the same problems with 6.0.427.0 dev 😦

    Between this major issue and the lack of hierarchical History in Chrome, I am sticking with Firefox.

    The only thing Chrome does better is the integration with Google Voice.


    June 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm

  6. Sweet thanks, font fonts and more fonts one thing that has never changed on the mac OS….. Chrome keeps getting better and better

    Nicky Black

    July 25, 2010 at 2:37 am

  7. I switched to the Mac a few months ago and until now I have really liked the transition. I have also transitioned to Chrome over Firefox over the last six months or so because of usability and memory usage advantages of Chrome over Firefox. However, lately I’ve started using Safari because of the font issues I experience on major sites, especially in WordPress. I hope Google will address the issue soon or they’re going to lose a lot Mac users.


    April 3, 2012 at 2:56 am

  8. I was just trying to figure out this display issue and your post explained it perfectly. It was on a few sites using “google fonts” to add font families which are not standard web fonts. It’s particularly odd (lame) to me that the same company produced google fonts and chrome, yet they can’t work well together! As a designer, I can’t stop using a font manager, and I’d rather not continually disable fonts just so chrome will play nice. I hope they straighten this out.

    Bobby McAuliffe

    April 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm

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