How to Disable / Enable Font Smoothing in macOS Monterey [Tutorial]

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You can disable (and enable back) font smoothing if your Mac is running macOS Monterey. The feature is simply hidden away.

You Can Enable and Disable Font Smoothing in macOS Monterey Using Terminal

In older versions of macOS, you can simply fire up System Preferences and turn font smoothing on or off. But with macOS Monterey, that feature has seemingly disappeared completely. Trust us, it's still there, but it no longer exists as a simple checkbox. Instead, you can turn the feature on or off straight from Terminal. Sure, that might not be convenient, but the fact that the feature is actually still there for you to play around with should give you some comfort.

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Tutorial

Step 1. Launch Spotlight search by pressing Command + Space.

Step 2. Type in Terminal and hit the Return key.

Step 3. In order to turn off font smoothing, copy and paste the following command in Terminal and then press the Return key:

defaults -currentHost write -g AppleFontSmoothing -int 0

Once done, restart your Mac by clicking on the Apple logo in the menu bar and then click on Restart.

If you want to turn font smoothing back on, copy and paste the following command in Terminal and press the Return key:

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defaults -currentHost write -g AppleFontSmoothing -int 3

Once done, restart your Mac by clicking on the Apple logo in the menu bar and then click on Restart.

There is nothing else you have to do. The process is not entirely convenient, but the option to turn font smoothing on or off is there for everyone to play around with. But the one thing that bothers me the most is the fact that we have to restart the Mac every single time when a change is made.

It's pretty clear that Apple doesn't want us turning this feature off and wants to show us anti-aliased fonts throughout the system. It makes sense as well, since it's more pleasing on the eyes. But, given how good the Retina display is, do we really need mega smooth fonts?

According to Apple, we do. We really do.

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