How to Repair Internet Explorer When the Fonts are Garbled


There are several reasons why your Internet Explorer is causing fonts to become unintelligible or garbled. A spyware program could have damaged Internet Explorer settings or the current version of IE is damaged. Restoring Internet settings to their default is a good start to fix font sizes. Selecting how Web pages display fonts is also a method and will control how every Web page is displayed in the future. You can change font sizes to Web pages while browsing, and the settings restore to default as soon as you close the window. This method works well if you would like to choose font sizes instead of having Internet Explorer make the decision for you.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer Options Reseting

  • Open up a new Internet Explorer Web browser window.

  • Click on "Tools" - "Options". Click on the "Advanced" tab.

  • Click on "Restore advanced settings," to clean out settings that could be causing fonts to be garbled. Apply new changes by clicking on the "Apply" button in the right hand corner.

  • Go to the "General" tab. Click on "Fonts" button located at the bottom of the window (under Appearance).

  • Select "Latin based." Choose "Times New Roman" for "Web page font" and "Courier New" for "Plain text font". Click on "Apply."

Changing Web Page Font Reading

Changing Font Size While Web Browsing

  • Open up a website in Internet Explorer by typing in a Web page URL into the address bar.

  • Click on "Page," located on the "Status Bar."

  • Go to "Text Size," and allow it to hover over font size selection.

  • Choose "Medium" for normal text size. Choose "Smaller" or "Smallest" if the Web page font is too big for you to read.

  • Choose "Larger" or "Largest" if the Web page font is too small for you to read. Close the web browser for it to reset back to reading normal web page font.

Tips & Warnings

  • Reinstall Internet Explorer if no other option works to restore font sizes. Obtain a new setup file from website and run it after uninstalling current version of IE. Uninstall current Internet Explorer installation by going to "Start" - "Control Panel" - "Add/Remove Programs".

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