If you have ever looked at text or a font onscreen in with Windows XP’s defaults, you would definitely notice how type is not anti-aliased, with jagged edges all around. This makes most websites look horrible IMO. One day, as I was checking my display properties (I think to change the screen resolution), I came across the Effects menu and the option of using ClearType to smooth fonts on screen.
Normally, a typical Windows XP installation is not loaded with a lot of features, but this one is well appreciated in regards to the need for anti-aliased fonts. ClearType is best used for LCD screens, which represent the majority of monitors nowadays. To enable ClearType:
- Right-click the desktop and select Properties
- Click the Appearance tab
- Click the Effects… button
- Check Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts
- Select ClearType from the drop down menu
To see the difference between text with ClearType enabled and the standard, see the post entry picture above.