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Old 11-05-2004, 06:27 PM   #1
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Firefox, fonts and userChrome.css


I am having trouble getting good-looking fonts in Firefox 1.0. I added a section to my userChrome.css file which fixed about 90% of the problem:

menubar, menubutton, menulist, menu, menuitem, textbox, toolbar, tab, tree, tooltip {
font-family: helvetica !important;
font-size: 14px !important;
window {
font-family: helvetica !important;
font-size: 14px !important;

The menus and html text look great. However, fonts in dialog boxes and pop-up alerts look kind of choppy. For example, go to - the text looks bad in the buttons labeled "google search" and "I'm feeling lucky". Or, type in an incorrect web address and the pop-up warning saying that the address can't be found has ugly text.

I am sure this is just a matter of knowing the correct options for the userChrome file. I have searched the example list at ( and done extensive googling. However, I have not been able to find a good, complete description of how to configure this file.

Does anyone know where to find complete documentation on the userChrome.css file. Or does anyone know how to make these fonts look better?

Thanks, in advance.
Old 11-05-2004, 07:05 PM   #2
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I had a similar problem recently - after some upgrades, all the menu and button fonts in all my GTK applications looked large and ugly. I still haven't figured out how to configure that font preference system-wide, but for Firefox at least there's the userChrome.css. Here's what I put in mine:

* {
  font-size: 14px !important;
  font-family: sans !important;
The "*" takes care of pretty much everything. I still get the ugly fonts occasionally in drop-down boxes on webpages (maybe that's covered in userContent.css), but the Google buttons you mentioned are covered by the "*" directive above.

Unfortunately the documentation for userChrome.css seems to be severely lacking. What would be really nice is a GUI interface to configuring user stylesheets - hard to believe there's no plugin for that yet. The best we can do for now I guess is to try to learn from existing examples.

Last edited by wapcaplet; 11-05-2004 at 07:07 PM.
Old 11-05-2004, 08:02 PM   #3
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I'll give it a try!



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