I really don't know who at MS thought ClearType was a good idea, but personally I hate it. I want maximum clarity, contrast and sharpness on my desktop, so disabling ClearType is one of the first things to do when starting with a fresh Windows installation. For some strange reason you really need to dig deep to find the settings to do that. Here are the required steps, which I collected from various forums:

Disable ClearType:

  • Control Panel -> Display -> Adjust ClearType text
  • Uncheck "Turn on ClearType" and click through the adjustment wizard
  • Finish

Disable font smoothing:

  • Control Panel -> System -> Advanced system settings -> Advanced -> Performance -> Settings...
  • Uncheck "Smooth edges of screen fonts"
  • OK, OK

For a more Windows XP -look, you can change UI fonts:

  • Control Panel -> Personalization -> Window Color (bottom row, second from left) -> Advanced appearance settings...
  • Click through the items and change fonts to Tahoma
  • OK, Save changes

Now you should have a crisp and sharp desktop without any blur whatsoever (unless your monitor sucks or is set to a non-native resolution). Some other programs (like PuTTY) uses Antialiasing too to blur things up, but that can be disabled as well: Windows -> Appearance -> Font quality: Default.

In short the keywords to avoid are: ClearType, Smoothing, Antialiasing

No feedback yet

July 2017
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
 << <   > >>
Random musings on even more random subjects.
You might also like to take a look at my Twitter feed.


  XML Feeds

multi-blog platform