This is LYX generated PDF looks grey

This is word generated PDF looks black

When I generate my PDF file from LYX. My PDF file text color appears grey as shown in the first image. I want a black color of the text as shown in the second image which is WORD generated PDF.


    \definecolor{document_fontcolor}{rgb}{0, 0, 0}
     breaklinks=false,pdfborder={0 0 0},backref=false,colorlinks=false]


    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% LyX specific LaTeX commands.
    \DeclareRobustCommand{\textgreek}[1]{\leavevmode{\greektext #1}}
    %% Because html converters don't know tabularnewline
    %% A simple dot to overcome graphicx limitations

    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% Textclass specific LaTeX commands.


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    is this on screen, or printed on paper? (i ask, because the screen i work on fails to make almost anything appear solid black.) Sep 1, 2015 at 13:39
  • It would be good to have a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. How could we possibly help you? Because if that was a general problem (i.e. all Lyx users, all documents), it would have been fixed already... Sep 1, 2015 at 14:03
  • It appears grey both on screen and printed paper too
    – faiza
    Sep 1, 2015 at 15:34
  • Then without access to an mwe it is impossible to help.
    – daleif
    Sep 1, 2015 at 17:34
  • Could you please post a small, complete document starting with \documentclass and ending with \end{document} which we can compile to reproduce the problem? Only include parts of your preamble which are required to reproduce the issue. For example, does the problem really disappear if you don't load pdfpages or subfig or any of the other apparently irrelevant packages?
    – cfr
    Sep 1, 2015 at 23:59

1 Answer 1


Assuming that it is, in fact, the first image which is created by LaTeX and the first by Word, I take it that the following would be an adequate MWE (actually, not quite minimal but almost):



If so, this is simply the default font, given that you are using the T1 font encoding (as is recommended). Probably you are getting fonts from cm-super, which is what is shown in the image above from my compilation.

Without the T1 encoding, you get the default, built-in fonts:

default CM

In both cases, the font is Computer Modern Roman. In the first case, it is an extended, type1 version; in the second, the default Metafont version.

Computer Modern Roman is a relatively light font. It is not being typeset in grey. If you print it, it will probably look darker, but it is still a relatively light font.

The fact that you are using double-spacing also makes the text look lighter: the image from Word does not have this feature although the font is clearly a heavier one, as well.

Here's the result with default spacing (still larger interline spacing than Word uses, of course):

default spacing

However, if you want a darker-looking font, just choose one with a heavier design. For example:




Tex-Gyre Schola


Tex-Gyre Pagella


VenturisADF No2



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