Re-enable font smoothing on macOS

If you’re on a Mac and haven’t spent $50,000 on a 5K display, you might have noticed that you no longer have the option to enable font smoothing.

Suddenly, you have a disgusting font rendering. Anti-aliasing of the fonts is therefore performed by macOS to give them a slightly bolder appearance. This can have the “side effect” of making the fonts look a little fuzzier on screen.

However, if you still want to try this feature, you can enable it with the tool Font Smoothing Adjuster.

And if you’re too lazy to install this thing and you’re more of a command line fan, here’s what you need to type in the terminal to get the same rendering:

Disable anti-aliasing

defaults -currentHost write -g AppleFontSmoothing -int 0

Light anti-aliasing

defaults -currentHost write -g AppleFontSmoothing -int 1

Medium anti-aliasing ( by default)

defaults -currentHost write -g AppleFontSmoothing -int 2

Strong anti-aliasing

defaults -currentHost write -g AppleFontSmoothing -int 3

Reset level to medium (default)

defaults -currentHost delete -g AppleFontSmoothing

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