OSX: Change Font Smoothing

 

This tweak can be used to change the intensity of the font smoothing (anti-aliasing), either making the font’s smoother or to disable altogether.


To implement this tweak:

  1. Start a new Terminal session (in Finder click Applications > Utilities > Terminal).
  2. To set this to Strong, type (or copy and paste) the following command:
    defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -integer 4

    To set this to Smoother, type (or copy and paste) the following command:

    defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -integer 3

    To set this to Medium, type (or copy and paste) the following command:

    defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -integer 2

    To set this to Minimal, type (or copy and paste) the following command:

    defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -integer 1

    To set this to Disabled, type (or copy and paste) the following command:

    defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -integer 0
  3. To reset this setting to the default value, type (or copy and paste) the following command:
    defaults delete NSGlobalDomain AppleFontSmoothing
  4. To activate this tweak please reboot the system.
  5. Close the Terminal session by typing exit at the prompt.

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