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Font rendering in Word 2010

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erydit Tuesday 29 October 2019 at 9:08

I have installed Office 2010 using PlayOnLinux. My system: OS: Manjaro 18.1.1, DE: Xfce 4.14

The problem is that fonts looks like in bold if their size is relatively small (16-12 pt for TimesNewRoman) .No matter if i reduce font size in font settings or just reduce the page zoom. And if i continue to reduce the fonts' size (smaller than 12), they looks like the anti-aliasing is off.

Later I noticed that this behaviour is observed only if I start a new empty word file. If i open an existing document, the all fonts looks normal (like in Windows) and smoothed, with no regard to their size.

I found that if the starting script in Word desktop or "Open with.." context menu is:

Exec=/usr/share/playonlinux/playonlinux --run "Microsoft Word 2010" %F then the fonts behave as i described - the are not anti-aliased at small sizes.

But if the starting script is :

Exec=env WINEPREFIX="/home/stanislav/.PlayOnLinux//wineprefix/Office2010" wine start /ProgIDOpen Word.Document.12 %f then everything is OK. The fonts looks normally smoothed at any size.

The problem with the second script is that it doesnt work when I try to open an empty new document. Word just did not start.

And i dont know why these two scripts leads to different font rendering

Anyway, this doesnt depend on the wine version, fonts lokation, and fontsmoothing winetricks. And this looks like a PlayOnLinux bug.

erydit Tuesday 29 October 2019 at 9:29

I forgot to mention:

Every time when I switch from one icon script to another the PlayOnLinux reconfigures the wine prefix. I dont know why is this happening and what exactly it reconfigures.

Dadu042 Tuesday 29 October 2019 at 9:44

What is your POL version, and the Wine version used ?

erydit Tuesday 29 October 2019 at 10:40


What is your POL version, and the Wine version used ?


 POL version is the latest available in manjaro repo - 4.3.4-1.0

The Wine versions I tried: 3.0.2 (the default for MS Office installation script), 4.17, and 4.18. With no visible differences between wine versions.

Dadu042 Saturday 2 November 2019 at 9:29

There is some POL components that may help, install these from 'Options', it's named 'FontsSmooth...'

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