If you like the Cleartype fonts that Microsoft shipped with Windows Vista, you may be inclined to use them not only in the operating system itself, but also in the web browser. Many users think that the high quality Vista fonts provide a better reading experience than the default fonts that most websites use.
We mentioned in the past that it is possible to use those new fonts under Windows XP as well by installing Microsoft's PowerPoint Viewer 2007 which includes the new Vista fonts Cambria, Corbel and Consolas (read: Windows Vista Fonts In Windows XP).
Lifehacker (Update: article no longer available) have an article up on the website detailing the process of switching from the default fonts used by most websites and the computer system to the Vista fonts. This is easier done than one would think.
A user who wants to enable those fonts in the Firefox web browser needs to have a working installation of Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, Microsoft Office 2007 or the free Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 2007. This ensures that the Vista fonts are installed on the computer system. Vista users do not need to perform this operation since their operating system ships with those fonts.
The next step involves switching to ClearType if the computer is connected to an LCD monitor. This can be done with a powertoy from Microsoft.
It is then time to configure Firefox to use the Vista fonts instead of the default fonts after installation of the fonts and enabling ClearType. This is done in the Tools > Options > Content menu. Firefox users may load about:preferences directly instead as well to open the preferences of the web browser.
A click on the advanced button under Fonts & Colors displays the configuration menu that you see on the screenshot above. Just switch to the fonts that support ClearType (mentioned above).
It is important to uncheck the checkbox at the bottom to prevent pages from selecting the fonts (Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of your selections above). The result can be a better readability and is something worth to try. Note that this may cause issues on some sites however if a particular font is enforced.
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