How to tidy up jagged fonts in Windows XP

This is something that has been bugging me for ages: some people have really nice crisp looking fonts on their screens, and some people have nasty jagged ones - certainly if they are looking at serif fonts.

some people have really nice crisp looking fonts on their screens, and some people have nasty jagged ones

It transpires that Windows XP has a font-smoothing function called Clear-Type, which improves ten-fold the quality of the viewing experience for serif fonts.  I always thought that I was doing something wrong: turns out it was Windows all along, because Clear-Type is not necessarity turned on by default (although why you wouldn't want it on I don't know... you'd be having serious issues if you were worried about saving resources by turning it off!)

 

Turning on Clear-Type is easy. 

  1. Bring up Display properites.  Control Panel> Display
  2. Choose Appearance> Effects
  3. Turn on "use the following method to smooth the edges of screen fonts"
  4. Select Clear-Type


Now... relax your eyes and enjoy.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306527

Note: as far as I know, Clear-Type is enabled by default in Vista.