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Problem: Bold font in application user interface [closed]

asked 2013-03-29 12:35:05 +0100

ramcrys gravatar image

updated 2015-10-27 20:25:13 +0100

Alex Kemp gravatar image

Hi all, I just had a new installation of LibreOffice from apt-get and it seems that all the fonts in the user interface (text in menus, text in dialogs etc...) appears to be bold. image description

It creates an uncomfortable feeling (at least to me), therefore I want to ask is there any way to make the font to become normal (not bold) ?

Also, as you can see, the checkbox of "Use system font.." is checked, but the fonts actually look weird to me. Other applications, e.g. Firefox, gedit ... do not have fonts look like that. Is there a problem somewhere else in options ?

My system is Ubuntu 10.04. I just recently removed OOo to install LO.

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I have to add that this is my work machine, which means I'm actually doing a lot of work here :( Therefore I may update to 12.04 LTS, but it will be a later time. Just wonder what happened here.

ramcrys gravatar imageramcrys ( 2013-03-29 13:11:38 +0100 )edit

Thanks for the advices, I'm going to post the question to askubuntu. p/s: Why after logging in, I can only post comments to the question, not the answer ? Seems to miss a "post comment" button in that section.

ramcrys gravatar imageramcrys ( 2013-03-30 05:34:59 +0100 )edit

The OOO and LibO have serious problems with UI font since OOO v1.1.5+ from 2003. Unlike any other app for Ubuntu, it uses own code for rendering/substituting of fonts, not conforms with system-wide policy. This part of OOO/LibO code should be rewritten by old skool programmers to get rid of bugs, as it was before 2003. Furthermore, these bugs are hard to reproduce, except bug with bitmap X11 font. Thanks.

jpka gravatar imagejpka ( 2014-01-26 08:01:14 +0100 )edit

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answered 2013-03-29 13:00:04 +0100

mahfiaz gravatar image

I just wonder if there is specific reason to use three year old Ubuntu. It probably has some old libraries which give unexpected results. I can confirm that this is not an issue on newer Ubuntu 12.10. So why not upgrade?

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Ubuntu 10.04 is long term support version and it should be supported to mid of 2015! So it should not be rushed to migrate to something new if there is no real need - this is working PC that should be stable. By the way I still use Ubuntu 8.04 Server LTS witch is still supported on my laptop I still user Windows XP (both for work) and both systems are working WITHOUT any problem = extra stable. @ramcrys, if you decide to migrate I suggest to migrate to Ubuntu 12.04:

froz gravatar imagefroz ( 2013-03-29 15:16:16 +0100 )edit

@ramcrys, this is most probably some kind of Ubuntu problem, update of some library. I suggest to ask this question on Ubuntu forum: or but do check the Ubuntu Appearance settings how fonts are set. And... if the only problem is "bold" menus, I don't know if this is really good reason for migration.

froz gravatar imagefroz ( 2013-03-29 15:23:25 +0100 )edit

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