Making text easier to read using ClearType


ClearType font technology makes the text on your screen almost as sharp and clear as text that's printed on paper. It's on by default in this version of Windows.

To get the full benefit of ClearType, you need a high-quality, flat-panel monitor, such as LCD or plasma. Even on a CRT monitor, you might get some improvement in readability with ClearType.

Watch this video to learn how to make text easier to read using ClearType (1:42)

To turn on ClearType

  1. Open the ClearType Text Tuner by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type cleartype, and then click Adjust ClearType text.

  2. On the first page of the tuner, select the Turn on ClearType check box, click Next, and then continue clicking Next until you reach the last page.

  3. On the last page of the tuner, click Finish to turn on ClearType. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Note

  • For ClearType to be effective, you should have a video card and monitor that support a color setting of at least 256 colors. You'll get the best results with High color (24-bit) or Highest color (32-bit) support.

To tune ClearType

You can use the ClearType Text Tuner to adjust the legibility of the text on your screen to your visual preference.

  1. Open the ClearType Text Tuner by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type cleartype, and then click Adjust ClearType text.

  2. Make sure the Turn on ClearType check box is selected, and then click Next. On each page, click the text sample that looks best to you.

  3. On the last page of the tuner, click Finish to save your settings. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Note

  • If you upgraded to Windows 7 from Windows XP or Windows Vista and the ClearType Tuner PowerToy for Windows XP is still installed on your PC, you might want to uninstall it. The ClearType Text Tuner is included with Windows 7 and can replace the ClearType Tuner PowerToy. For more information about uninstalling programs, see Uninstall or change a program.



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