XP: Change and Tweak ClearType Fonts

Posted July 7, 2004 by AlexTheBeast in Windows

Cleartype is XP’s sweet little feature that improves rendering of fonts.


Some fonts are difficult to read on LCD screens. XP’s answer to this was to give the user the ability to re-rerender these fonts to make them easier on the eyes. Without a doubt users with notebooks and other LCD screens will love this feature. I have it enabled on my CRT systems as well because it seems to decrease my eye strain.

This setting is typically off by default.

From your system you can turn it on and off. Microsoft actually has a web page that allows you to fine tune your settings as well.

The Microsoft Tuner Page will allow you to turn cleartype on or change your settings:

You can also turn it on here:

    1. Right-click on a blank area of your desktop
    2. Select Properties from the context menu
    3. Select the Appearance tab
    4. Press the Effects button
    5. Select the check box before Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts
    6. Select ClearType from the drop down box.
    7. Click OK until the boxes are closed out

To turn it off, just select a different method for smoothing the edges of screen fonts or uncheck the box.

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