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I have Calibri installed because it's the default font for M$ Office and so many of my clients send me documents using this font.

But it displays without anti-aliasing which is horrible. It's like being on a Windoze machine again :-O


It only seems to happen at small sizes; it's antialiased at larger sizes. Can I disable this?


My /etc/fonts/config.avail/10-antialias.conf contains

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
<!--  Use the Antialiasing -->
  <match target="font">
    <edit name="antialias" mode="assign"><bool>true</bool></edit>


% fc-match calibri          
calibri.ttf: "Calibri" "Regular"

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MS-C fonts embedded bitmaps

Per comments to this answer, the most common problem with MS C-fonts (Cambria, Calibri...) is that they use embedded bitmaps. To change this disable them. Either in

  1. ~/.fonts.conf
  2. or ~/.config/font-manager/local.conf in 14.04; Font Manager reserves the right to manage the ~/.fonts.conf file, thanks @Alain)
  3. or ~/.config/fontconfig/fonts.conf (per @SpinUp and @Glutamine's comments) you need to add this XML snippet:
<!-- disable embedded bitmaps in fonts to fix Calibri, Cambria, etc. -->
<match target="font">
   <edit mode="assign" name="embeddedbitmap"><bool>false</bool></edit>

Antialiasing toggle

You should be able if you toggle configs in /etc/fonts/conf.avail/, namely antialiasing, less so autohinting. How to do so: change the true to false in 10-antialias.conf or vice versa and you toggled the antialiasing and can see if it helps. Similarly for 10-autohinting.conf. This toggles the setting for all fonts AFAIR, so just take a look if it helps your case, you'll know if the problem is there or not.

Note: read-only file needs sudo to be modified (or needs to be made write-also prior to writing to it), so whatever your editor is (mine is vim), run it with sudo: sudo vim /etc/fonts/conf.avail/10-antialias.conf.

animated gif showing which true to change to false

Cache rebuilding and font-stack changes

Also, oft-advised solution with fonts is rebuilding cache: sudo fc-cache -v -f. Especially if you made changes to font stack (installed new fonts, deleted, moved etc.).

Also, what does fc-match calibri display? Why I ask: in my case to display Calibri well, I had to fall back to DejaVu Sans, otherwise I had a missing ligatures problem: see my Calibri question here. I did that by deleting the Calibri regular font file (.ttf). So, for me, fc-match output is as follows:

➜  ~  fc-match calibri
DejaVuSans.ttf: "DejaVu Sans" "Book"
  • I've added that info to my question - not sure what to do in the conf.avail/ file? – artfulrobot Mar 10 '15 at 10:17
  • What exacly do you mean by "toggle configs, namely antialiasing, less so autohinting"? – Jos Mar 10 '15 at 10:19
  • Expanded my answer. You toggle by switching "true" to "false" and vice versa, this enables/disables given setting, here: antialiasing. – LIttle Ancient Forest Kami Mar 10 '15 at 10:32
  • Wow love the gif video! Well, yes, I can use that file to turn off antialiasing for ALL fonts, but the question is how to turn it ON for Calibri. Your other solution (uninstalling Calibri) is not what I'm after either because different fonts have different spacings, so changing font messes up layout and pagination. – artfulrobot Mar 10 '15 at 11:27
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    Adding the config in the font-manager directory had no effect for me (14.04). The correct location for the file was ~/.config/fontconfig/fonts.conf, which solved my problem. – spinup Mar 10 '16 at 18:18

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