Font rasterization in Windows XP

If you are on Windows XP1 and have upgraded to Internet Explorer 7, you know, the Internet with glossy buttons, you’ve perhaps noticed that the text looks a slightly smoother then before? That is because in IE7 Windows’ ClearType is enabled by default. You can do this systemwide if you like it. And if you for some unknown reason to mankind prefer IE6 you should do yourself a favor and follow these settings.

  1. Click “Start” and open the Controlpanel.
  2. Doubleclick the Display icon to open the Display settings panel
  3. Select the Appearance tab
  4. Then select the “Effects…” button
  5. Make sure the checkbox next to “Use the following method for font smoothning…” is checked 2
  6. Select “ClearType” from the dropdown
  7. …and click OK, and then enable or ok again

That’s it. You’re done. Now your eyes will thank you for making it less stressfull looking at the screen all day.

If you want to know more check out Wikipedias entry on font rasterization.


  1. None of this applyes to Windows Vista, as it is enabled by default. But feel free to correct me.
  2. My version of Windows XP is in Norwegian, so my translations are likely to be somewhat off from a English version.
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One response to “Font rasterization in Windows XP

  1. thanks, I had forgotten this on my new computer.