Text not displaying properly

Check webpage font encoding

If you notice squares showing up in the webpages you visit instead of text, try manually substituting the webpage's encoding. Follow these steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select More Tools.
  3. Select Encoding.
  4. Pick one of the encodings listed or choose Auto detect. If you choose to auto detect, Google Chrome analyzes the content on the page to recommend the most suitable encoding. For the fastest browsing experience, we recommend turning off the auto detect mode after you leave the webpage.

You can also change the preferred fonts and languages used to load your webpages.

If this doesn't help, it's likely you're missing the necessary fonts to display the text properly.

  • If you're trying to display East Asian languages, right-to-left languages, or other languages that use complex scripts on Windows. Information on installing additional fonts
    1. Click the Start menu on your computer taskbar.
    2. Select Control Panel.
    3. Double-click Regional and Language Options.
    4. Click the Languages tab.
    5. Select both checkboxes in the "Supplemental language support" section.
    6. Click OK. Your computer will proceed with the installation of new fonts.
  • You can also follow these Windows Vista instructions to install new fonts on your computer.

Check your font rendering software

Try copying the text that's not displayed correctly to a text editing program such as Notepad or TextEdit. If the text shows up correctly, try temporarily turning off your font rendering software. Exit and restart Chrome and see if the text displays correctly.

Next steps

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