Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Microsoft Fonts for Firefox on Ubuntu...

When I first started using Ubuntu, I found that the default fonts come with its Firefox are a bit difficult to read. By default, Ubuntu doesn't have popular Microsoft fonts such as 'Times New Roman' pre-installed. So the first task I did was to install Microsoft True Type core fonts bundle on Ubuntu. It can be done with a simple apt-get command as following:

sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts

This installs all the required Microsoft fonts. Then all I had to do was just to change the font settings in Firefox to be similar to Firefox on Windows.

Preferences -> Content

Default Font: Times New Roman
Size: 16

In Advanced Settings:

Fonts for: Western
Propotional: Serif Size: 16
Serif: Times New Roman
Sans-serif: Arial
Monospace: Courier New Size: 13

Note that these settings are similar to Firefox on Windows 7.
That's it.

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