With one unauthorized update Google made Chrome unusable with the new hideous rendering of fonts, especially in Outlook and Goodreads – the sites I use the most. Firefox and IE both look weird as well so switching to the competition wasn’t an option.
For some strange reason Chrome updated to the 32-bit version. So I downloaded the 64-bit. Installing it was another matter. Anyway, this didn’t have any effect. So I tried the flag solution which didn’t do anything and finally this shortcut solution worked.
Here are some instructions:
- Open ‘Computer’ >> click C: >> Program Files OR Program Files (86x) >> Google >> Chrome
- Right-click on Chrome.exe application >> Properties >> copy the location address
- On Desktop right-click >> New >> Shortcut >> paste the location address
- Right-click new shortcut >> Properties >> add to end of Target field so it looks like
“XXXXXXXX\chrome.exe” /high-dpi-support=1 /force-device-scale-factor=1
- Close all Chrome windows and put an end to all Chrome tasks in Task Manager (right-click bar at the bottom of the screen >> Task Manager). Then I opened the new shortcut and BINGO! all better.
Note: You have to use this specific shortcut from now on to get the pre-update experience while benefiting from the new security features of the new update.