Google Chrome: Problem in Display of Unicode Non-English Characters

A simple work-around solution for problem in display of non-English Unicode characters in Google Chrome.

Recently, my installation of Google Chrome browser began to have a display problem while showing Unicode non-English characters. I work a lot with Hindi language as well. On Facebook also, I write most of my messages in Hindi. But one file day, Hindi words begin to show jumbled up. A rectangle began to display after each Hindi character which rendered the word illegible.

The problems happens only sometimes and mostly with bold-type-faced Unicode characters. Many of my friends also complained about the same problem. I tried to look for a solution on Internet –but could not find an answer even on Google support forums.

However, yesterday, I found a work-around solution for the problem. If you are also facing this problem, all you need to do is to increase zoom level in Google Chrome. You can do this by pressing + key while holding CTRL key down. But increasing zoom level, the overlapping Unicode characters becomes spaced-out and the troubling rectangle disappears.

I hope this helps. The permanent solution for this problem lies in the hands of Google. Let’s see when they would wake up.
Let me know if this was helpful and if you have a better solution for this nagging problem.


  1. Ashok says


    Tip suggested by Deepak is the right thing to do. You must choose “Auto Detect” for encoding.

    No issue with Google Chrome or Google Staff :)

    • says

      Ashok, thank you for your comment. I had tried what Deepak mentioned before writing this piece and the problem was not solved. Auto-Detect can detect which encoding the page is using (which is mostly UTF-8 in case of non-English pages)… Chrome was showing me Devanagari very well -its not that I was not able to read Devanagari. The problem was that the Devanagari characters (especially in bold typeface) were slightly overlapping each other -which made it a bit difficult to read.

      Anyway, it was when I wrote this piece. Chrome stays on auto-update mode and lately I have not experienced the above mentioned problem.

  2. Muthu Aiyengar says

    Immediately after reading your piece I opened a page containing Devanagari Unicode fonts so that I could try your method since I too had been having the problem. But lo and behold, the problem was gone. The fonts appeared crisp and clear! Boy, even reading about your solution help solve the problem. :) Thanks a lot.

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