Improving Text Sharpness with ClearType

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 2, 2019)

1

Windows includes support for a Microsoft technology called ClearType. According to Microsoft sources, this technology "improves the readability of text" on devices that utilize LCD screens, such as laptops, Tablets, and flat-panel monitors. The technology doesn't represent a different type of font format, but a different way to render existing fonts on certain types of monitors. In fact, Microsoft states that the technology can make screen text look almost as sharp and clear as those printed on paper.

To find out if you would benefit from using ClearType, all you need to do is use the Windows ClearType Text Tuner. This wizard steps you through a series of steps that help you figure out what adjustments are best for displaying text on your device. To use the ClearType Text Tuner on a Windows 10 system, follow these steps:

  1. Type "Adjust ClearType Text" (without the quotes) in the Search box and press enter. Windows displays the ClearType Text Tuner window. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The ClearType Text Tuner.

  3. Make sure the Turn On ClearType checkbox is selected. (It should be selected by default.)
  4. Click Next. Your monitor is checked to make sure it is set to its native resolution. If it is not, you may be directed to make some changes.
  5. Click Next. You start a series of five steps that are akin to letting the optometrist know which eyeglass lenses give you the best vision. (See Figure 2.)
  6. Figure 2. Picking which text is clearer.

  7. Pick the text that looks best to you at each of the five steps. You'll need to click Next after each selection. (These steps are all completely subjective; it is up to you which samples look best.) When done, the wizard displays a screen to let you know it is finished. (See Figure 3.)
  8. Figure 3. Done tuning text.

  9. Click Finish to dismiss the ClearType Text Tuner.

To use the ClearType Text Tuner on an earlier version of Windows, follow these steps:

  1. Display the Control Panel.
  2. Click the Hardware and Sound link.
  3. Click the Display link.
  4. Click Adjust ClearType Text, at the left side of the screen. Windows starts the ClearType Text Tuner.
  5. Make sure the Turn On ClearType checkbox is selected. (It should be selected by default.)
  6. Click Next. Your monitor is checked to make sure it is set to its native resolution. If it is not, you may be directed to make some changes.
  7. Click Next. You start a series of four steps that are akin to letting the optometrist know which eyeglass lenses give you the best vision.
  8. Pick the text that looks best to you at each of the four steps. You'll need to click Next after each selection. (These steps are all completely subjective; it is up to you which samples look best.) When done, the wizard displays a screen to let you know it is finished.
  9. Click Finish to dismiss the ClearType Text Tuner.

 This tip (6168) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Splitting Information into Rows

Got too much information in a single cell? Here's how you can use a macro to pull apart that information and put it into ...

Discover More

Modifying Error Alerts Received

Excel helpfully lets you know when the data or formulas you've entered in a cell don't make sense. It does this by ...

Discover More

Changing the Footnote Continuation Notice

When a footnote needs to span two printed pages, Word prints a continuation notice at the end of the footnote being ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

Customizing Quick Actions

Action Center provides quick access to notifications and quick actions. Quick actions provide a fast way to perform tasks ...

Discover More

Grouping Tiles on the Start Screen

The Start screen can serve as your launching pad for whatever programs you desire. You can move tiles around on the Start ...

Discover More

Changing Sounds Associated with Windows Events

You can customize Windows so that various sounds (or none) are associated with various Windows events. This tip explains ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 9 - 5?

2019-12-03 06:52:37

P Elliott

You need to type "Cleartype" in the query box to open the control panel section to start.


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.