A few weeks ago I remember all the text across the site suddenly changed one day. Since then there are a lot of answers/questions that say "things in bold are...." but I don't see anything as bold? In fact, the text in questions and answers just looks strange to me. Is this just affecting me?

What I See

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    THIS IS BOLD. This is not.
    – agent86
    Jan 11, 2013 at 22:00
  • It must only be my work computer. Everything looks fine on my laptop at home. Wonder what caused that then Jan 12, 2013 at 15:17
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    @VanBuzzKill I assume you're running Windows - does your work computer have Helvetica font installed?
    – Jin
    Jan 13, 2013 at 1:16
  • You know what, I think that's it. I needed to install it for a site we were working on. I'll be at work later today so I can post a picture today if needed. Jan 14, 2013 at 14:32
  • @Jin Is there a way to fix this by disabling Helvetica font or something? Jan 16, 2013 at 20:46
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    Hold Control, mousewheel scroll, and see if it goes away. Sometimes fonts don't work appear properly at certain resolutions or have quirks (like Bold being indistinguishable from normal text).
    – Decency
    Jan 17, 2013 at 16:19

1 Answer 1


This is caused by a combination of things on your end, most likely fonts installed on your operating system, your browser's choice of rendering, and the zoom level of the page. The site has no control over these things. Zooming especially is not supported by SE.

For reference, the font-family of the site prefers Arial, then "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, and finally any sans-serif font. So to address this locally, ensure:

  • Your browser is up-to date
  • You have Arial installed
  • Your zoom level is set to 100%
  • Best font mode!
    – fredley
    May 28, 2019 at 12:45

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