WinXP font size/style error

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Hi, I have an WinXP PC with a font problem. When the font is size 12 or below, everything is OK. If I choose size 14, the font is displayed (and printed) as bold. In Word I can still choose to make the 14 font bold, then it's even more bold. It's like XP believes, all characters over size 12 needs a little extra bold. I think it's an XP error, as the behaviour is exactly the same in Word and wordpad.

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You seem to believe that it’s an XP problem. Have you verified whether or not the behavior is the same on other versions of the Operating System, but same version of word?

Windows 2000, Windows 98/Me, Windows Server 2003, etc.?

Have you tried other word processors such as Corel Word Perfect?

I’m running Word 2003 on Win2K Pro, and it looks that way to me also – but I believe that’s just normal. When I print it out, everything looks normal.

Sorry to say so, but I would guess you’re barking up the wrong tree.

Bob

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  • Dary08817
    My fonts on WIN XP Pro behave the same way as 'benbje' reported. Fonts just become heavier when they grow larger. However, be careful to select only the standard version of any font, not the 'bold' or 'narrow' version. For example, I use the standard ARIAL font in many of my documents. This standard version can be bolded, italisized, etc. as needed in my document. But I also have access to other related fonts called ARIAL NARROW and ARIAL BOLD. These start off as especially narrow or especially bold but can also be further bolded or italisized as needed. DARY
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  • Swiftd
    I've also noticed the "problem" before, but as Bob said, everything prints fine and is spaced the same way as on the screen. I'm not seeing this as an issue. It's only aestetically challenging. :)
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  • Mistoffeles
    Try clicking the B (bold) icon, and see if the text gets "even more bold". If so, this is how the font is supposed to behave. If you want it narrower, choose a narrow version of the font, for example "Arial Narrow", or use a narrow property in your software (if it has one). A vast number of fonts have several variants that are designed with narrow, bold, italic, bold+italic in the font family/set, so it is best to use the actual font family member rather than a property setting in a word processing or desktop/web publishing program (unless they understand how to switch between installed members automatically), as they are cleaner when printed then fonts which are bolded, narrowed or italicised in the software program.
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  • Peraltar
    I've seen this as a difference between the Standard and ClearType settings (Display Properties -> Appearance -> Effects -> 'Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts:'). When at the Standard setting, it behaved as described, but with ClearType enabled, the size 14 word no longer looked bold.
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  • Peraltar
    I've seen this as a difference between the Standard and ClearType settings (Display Properties -> Appearance -> Effects -> 'Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts:'). When at the Standard setting, it behaved as described, but with ClearType enabled, the size 14 word no longer looked bold.
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  • Benbje
    Thanks for the replies I think, the reply from peraltar looks as a solution to the problem. I've tested on another PC, and it behaves OK. I'll test at the customer PC and expect the problem to be solved. Thanks to all for contributing
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  • Robert2
    Please replace the display and check.
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