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10.6: Re-enable LCD font smoothing for some monitors
Authored by: Patrixes on Mar 08, '10 03:36:14AM


I tried to change font smoothing according to your instruction. After I typed in the command, I could not go into 'Appearance' menu under 'System Preferences.' I tried to repair disk with OS X installer DVD without success. Do you have an idea to reactivate the 'Appearance' menu? I am using OS 10.6.2.

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Undo AppleFontSmoothing LCD font smoothing
Authored by: blinkintosser on May 26, '10 09:16:10PM

I just upgraded from three CRTs to three Dell U2410 LCDs and could not believe how poor the text looked on the LCDs in comparison to my old CRTs. Though I can not understand why Apple would take away the old light-medium-strong prefpane menu, I am very grateful that this hint restores that functionality to activate proper sub-pixel rendering on the LCDs. Five stars for this one.

Should anyone need to remove the preference, restoring the default, use:

defaults -currentHost delete -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing

And to read the current value (a “…does not exist” error indicates the setting has been properly removed from the global domain):

defaults -currentHost read -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing

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