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Change font smoothing in Windows

By , winhelp.us logo. Last updated: 2019-04-05

How to enable or disable font smoothing and ClearType in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10

ClearType is disabled in Windows XP and enabled in Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 by default. On different monitors, this has a different effect on how clear or readable text on the screen is. Generally, ClearType is more useful on LCD monitors.

In Windows XP and Vista, you can turn font smoothing and ClearType on and off; in Windows 7, 8/8.1 and 10, you can fine-tune font smoothing to your own requirements.

Here is how Windows XP looks on an LCD monitor with Standard font smoothing, ClearType font smoothing, and no font smoothing.
Windows XP, Standard font smoothing Windows XP, ClearType font smoothing Windows XP, font smoothing turned off

Here are the same examples for Window Vista.
Windows Vista, Standard font smoothing Windows Vista, ClearType font smoothing Windows Vista, font smoothing turned off

And here's Windows 7 with ClearType enabled and disabled.
Windows 7, ClearType font smoothing Windows 7, no font smoothing

Generally, ClearType has a smaller effect on fonts in Windows 7 and newer, but you might still want to fine-tune ClearType settings to make text easier to read.

Changing font smoothing options in Windows

In Windows XP, right-click an empty area of Desktop and click Properties.
In Windows Vista, right-click an empty area of Desktop and click Personalize.
In Windows 7 and 10, open Start menu by clicking the Start button or using keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Esc. Type "cleartype" into Start menu search box and click Adjust ClearType text.
In Windows 8 and 8.1, use keyboard shortcut Windows Key+W to open Settings search, type "cleartype" into the search box and click Adjust ClearType text.
Touch screen users should swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Settings first.
Windows XP, Desktop right-click menu. To open Display Properties and change font smoothing options, click Properties. Windows Vista, Desktop right-click menu. Click 'Personalize' to change Windows Vista ClearType settings. Windows 7, Start menu. To turn ClearType off or on, or to adjust its properties, type 'cleartype' into Start menu Search box. Click 'Adjust ClearType text'. Windows 8, Start screen, Settings search. To turn ClearType off or on, or to adjust its properties, type 'cleartype' into Search box. Click or tap 'Adjust ClearType text'. Windows 8, Start screen, Settings search. To turn ClearType off or on, or to adjust its properties, type 'cleartype' into Search box. Choose 'Adjust ClearType text' from the results.

In Windows XP, Display Properties window opens. Open the Appearance tab and then click the Effects button.
In Windows Vista, Personalize appearance and sounds window opens. Click the Window Color and Appearance link. This opens the Appearance Settings window where you should click the Effects button.
Windows XP, Display Properties, Appearance tab. To change font smoothing, click Effects. Windows Vista, Appearance Settings. To change font smoothing options, click Effects.

Select ClearType or Standard from the Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts box. To turn text smoothing completely off, clear the check box. Click OK in the Effects window and click Apply in the previous window to see the difference.
Windows XP, Effects. Select 'Standard' or 'ClearType' from the 'Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts' combo box. Then click OK. Windows Vista, Effects. Select 'Standard' or 'ClearType' from the 'Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts' combo box. Then click OK.

That's it for XP and Vista.

In Windows 7, 8/8.1 and 10, clear or tick the Turn on ClearType check box in the ClearType Text Tuner window. The difference will be visible on the screen immediately. Whether you decide to use ClearType or not, you will have to go through four (Windows 7) or five (Windows 8 and newer) additional steps in font smoothing adjustment for the changes to take effect, so click Next. Each step offers several text samples to choose from - select the one that looks best to you.
In case your device has multiple displays connected, you might have to adjust each one separately (recommended if the monitors are different models or brands) or choose the same setting for both.
Windows 7, ClearType Text Tuner. If you want to turn ClearType off, clear the 'Turn on ClearType' check box and click Next. If you want to adjust ClearType settings, click Next.

After you've made your choices, a summary screen will be displayed. Click Finish.
Windows 7, ClearType Text Tuner, you have finished tuning the text on your monitor. Click Finish.

And that's it for modifying font smoothing in Windows 7, 8/8.1 and 10.

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