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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How to Fix Helvetica Neue Font Issue in Facebook while using Google Chrome/Windows 7

You might have installed the ever so beautiful and elegant font Helvetica and it's family viz. Helvetica Neue and then seen a queer font-face in Chrome, as in the image below:


Searching for a fix I even tried the commonly suggested solution:

Permanent Solution:

The permanent solution is nothing but deleting the font which I guess you don’t want to.

To delete a font, you must restart your PC in safe mode and then delete the font by deleting it from Control Panel.

Temporary Solution:

This solution is also a kind of permanent solution. In this method we are going to alter the Chrome file a little bit.

Open your Windows Explorer and then go to C:\Users\[YourName]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\User StyleSheets\custom.css

You can use Notepad to open the .css file. After opening the file, you just need to add two lines which is written below.

@font-face { font-family: ‘helvetica neue’; src: local(‘Arial’); }

@font-face { font-family: ‘helvetica neue’; font-weight:bold; src: local(‘Arial’); }

 But even this solution didn't quite resolve my issue, mainly with Facebook.

And after some more searching I came across this Chrome extension called Facebook Font Changer which eventually resolved my problem. Install this extension and chose the font of your choice.  You can see the issue resolved in the image below.

1. Pirated fonts might also be the culprit to this bug.


  1. Anyone still facing the issue can use this Extension:

    1. Install Extension
    2. Settings > Extensions > Force Custom Fonts (Options)
    3. Under Substitute Fonts, click +, add "Helvetica Neue" to "Arial"
    4. Save and then Refresh the affected pages
    5. Buy me a beer :P

  2. Tired of these lame fonts, thanks for the solution.


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