Editor font too thin/light

  • I’m on a new Windows 10 laptop using an external 1920x1080 monitor as my primary display. When I use Notepad++, the font is too thin/light and parts of letters are even cut off. Here’s a screenshot:
    Ugly font
    You can see Windows text looks fine (top of the image), but the editor font is very difficult to read.

    When I use Notepad++ on my laptop’s internal monitor, it looks normal:
    Nice font (interestingly, Snipping Tool took a much higher quality capture here)

    I’m using my external monitor’s recommended resolution settings.
    How can I fix this?

  • @jhudis

    let me guess, laptop screen and external monitor do have different resolution?
    Which npp version do you use? (see debug-info from last menu item)
    How do you use your external and internal monitor?

  • Over the years, on the job, I have used a few different laptops with a few different external monitors and I have seen similar problems that required changing the monitor’ s settings or the laptop’s resolution. Unless you are not seeing the same problem with other applications (for example MS Word), then this is most likely a hardware issue and not a Notepad++ issue. If you are seeing this in other applications, the first thing that I would do is work on the monitor’s setting as changing the laptop’s resolution may have undesirable results when using the laptop’s screen.

  • Interestingly, today the fonts look fine. (Yes, I’d tried rebooting before…) This is a new computer so I’ll keep using Notepad++ for a bit longer and report back if this was just a temporary problem or not.

    But to answer your questions:
    My laptop’s internal monitor resolution is 3840 x 2160, while my external monitor’s resolution is 1920 x 1080.
    I’m on Notepad++ v7.7.1 (64-bit)
    My laptop only has USB-C ports, so I have a USB-C hub which has an HDMI port. I have an HDMI cable going from that hub to my monitor.
    I have only noticed this problem with Notepad++, not other programs, so I don’t think it’s a hardware problem. To my knowledge, I’m using all of the recommended/default display settings for my devices.

    If I had to guess, the problem likely arises depending on what order I do things in or whether something is done on boot, etc. If I see the problem again and notice a pattern I’ll let the thread know.

  • @jhudis

    there is a known issue open, maybe you suffering from the same.