Turn on ClearType to Improve Font Readability in Windows XP

Windows XP ClearType can improve font display and readability. How to read clearly and reduce eye strain during prolonged on-screen reading on your computer? With Microsoft Windows XP, ClearType delivers improved font display quality over traditional forms of font smoothing or anti-aliasing.

Turn On ClearType in Windows XP

ClearType improves readability on color LCD displays with a digital interface, such as those in laptops and high-quality flat panel displays. Readability on CRT screens can also be somewhat improved.

Before cleartype

The above image shows how you normally view the fonts on your computer. And the image below shows how fonts look with Clear Type.

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Use this online ClearType Tuner to turn on and tune your Windows XP ClearType settings. I just turned on my setting through this online tuner and I can now read websites, Word documents, and all text with much ease now.

For some reason, it was installed through Internet explorer and not firefox. Well, that’s the way Microsoft likes its products to be – well integrated. It allows you to select from different types of Clear type font settings that you feel look and work best for you in terms of boldness and clarity. It just takes a minute!

If you do not wish to use the popular online ClearType Tuner, maybe you are unable to use it due to some difficulties, then download this small software called Windows XP ClearType Tuner PowerToy that lets you activate and tune your ClearType settings via the Windows Control Panel. [2.47MB, requirements – Windows XP]. See clearer, read better and avoid eye strain.

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About the Author: P Chandra is editor of QOT, one of India's earliest tech bloggers since 2004. A tech enthusiast with expertise in coding, WordPress, web tools, SEO and DIY hacks.