I am trying to make presentation quality bar charts. As part of my effort, I used the code below. Updated to eliminate font specification. The problem appears to be a rendering difference, not a font selection issue.

t = RandomInteger[{5, 15}, 5];
chlbl = Style[#,16] & /@ {"Toyota", "Ford", "GM", "Honda", "Other"};
  ChartElementFunction -> "GlassRectangle", 
  ChartStyle -> "Pastel", 
  ChartLabels -> chlbl, 
  AxesStyle -> Directive[Black,16]]

The chart looks good in version 9, not so good in version 10.

Version 9 image Version 9

Version 10 image Version 10

  • $\begingroup$ Looks fine on my MacBook with Mathematica v. 10.0.2 The font is heavier than your upper image, but far smoother than your lower image. Shouldn't Georgia be a serif font? Your lower image is sans serif. $\endgroup$
    – DavidC
    Mar 1, 2015 at 13:45
  • $\begingroup$ I just ran your code on v under Windows 8.1 and obtained a plot like your first one (which I presume is the one you describe as looking good). I had this problem myself some time ago and discovered that I had changed some default setting when using version, and this caused problems under Unfortunately, I do not recall the details. $\endgroup$
    – bbgodfrey
    Mar 1, 2015 at 13:45
  • $\begingroup$ Suspect this has nothing to do with BarChart. What happens when you evaluate Style["Some text here", FontFamily -> "Georgia", 16]? $\endgroup$
    – m_goldberg
    Mar 1, 2015 at 15:40
  • $\begingroup$ In version 10.1 Style["Some text here", FontFamily->"Georgia",16] works fine. The Georgia font appears in the selection list. With this font and many others, the rendering is still poor in Histogram (and other charts and graphs). $\endgroup$
    – John McGee
    Apr 3, 2015 at 10:33

1 Answer 1


Your output looks as if Mathematica fails to find the font: I have a comparable result, if I replace "Georgia" with "SomeFontThatIsNotThere" in your code, while still not quite as ugly as yours.

You might check, if Georgia is available in the Font search paths collection:

Format>Option Inspector…>Global Options>File Locations>Private Paths>"Fonts"

If Mathematica does not suggest an autocompletion for "Georgia" when starting to type FontFamily->", chances are, the font is not found/available.

This output seems to prove that thought:

looks bad

On my system, Georgia (and all other fonts I tested) renders fine, independent of:

  • notebook zoom
  • ImageSize
  • different FontWeights used

looks good

However, I found, that when zooming down the notebook, the vertical axis' labels disappear (and do not reappear when resetting the zoom to 100% again), but that's a different story, I suppose.


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