said by Gem:
It "sort of" happens in notepad and word pad too, but to a lesser extent. In those programs the font is a "light black" rather than a dark black.
But in the browsers all the fonts are in various shades of blue with some lighter than others. That's true on web pages and also true for characters that one types such as this message.
Since you appear to be having the issue in notepad as well, that would leave me to believe that it is either a driver issue, or a setting of your display that is causing this.
Lets start with the model of the laptop. You have already told us it is an HP, but if you could provide the model number, we can research and see what video card should be present. While it may not be a stand-alone video card as its a laptop, it is probably one that is built-in to the mother board, and would function the same way as far as drivers and settings (Windows will still see it as a "Display Adapter" in Device Manager).
Then, if you could post a screen shot of your actual video card driver properties (example is the pic I posted) then we can make sure that the right driver is installed based on what is actually in the unit. This will also help us verify if you have the most recent version of the driver.
The other option would be that a setting may need to be changed in your display properties. MarkRH
made the suggestion to look at your setting of "ClearType". You may want to take a look at that and see if you change it if it makes any difference.
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