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Quick Tip: Turn on ClearType in Internet Explorer

Simple Adjustment Reduces Eye Strain & Makes Web Pages Easier On The Eyes.

“ClearType” is a Microsoft feature that enhances your display by smoothing the edges of screen fonts. ClearType works especially well on Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) devices, including flat screen monitors and laptop computers.

ClearType is enabled on your display (aka “monitor”, “screen”) by default in Vista and Windows 7, but you need to manually turn it on in Windows XP and older. (The instructions for that are here.)

No matter which operating system you are using, though, and whether or not ClearType is generally applied, you can enhance your online viewing by forcing IE to render HTML using ClearType. (HTML is the standard protocol language of the Internet. For more info on that, click here.)

1) Open Internet Explorer and click on “Tools”, then click on “Internet Options”.
2) Click on the “Advanced” tab.

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3) Scroll down to the “Multimedia” section and place a check in the “Always use ClearType for HTML*” checkbox.
4) Click on “Apply”.

You will need to close Internet Explorer and then “launch” (aka “open”) it again for the change to take effect, but, that’s it. You’re done.

[note: if you found this helpful, you might also want to read, More tweaks for easier viewing (reposting)]

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June 20, 2009 - Posted by | advice, computers, how to, IE 7, Internet, performance, tech, tweaks | , , , , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Fantastic tip! My eyes thank you!

    Comment by Kirk | June 20, 2009 | Reply

    • I thank you, Kirk.

      For more “tweaks” to your settings to make computing easier on the eyes, click here.

      Comment by techpaul | June 20, 2009 | Reply

  2. [...] Quick Tip: Turn on ClearType in Internet Explorer – ClearType is a Microsoft feature that enhances your display by smoothing the edges of screen fonts. ClearType works especially well on Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) devices, including flat screen monitors and laptop computers. [...]

    Pingback by Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 21, 2009 « Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts | June 21, 2009 | Reply

  3. It is indeed a good feature, but it takes more processing, so make sure you are not on a Pentium 3 ;)

    Comment by Kloplop321 | June 21, 2009 | Reply

    • Kloplop321,
      I appreciate the wink.

      But seriously, I have used ClearType since it became available. Even on my P-III’s, and P-II’s. In my experience the “performance hit” is a non-factor.
      If it did cause problems, turning it off again is just as easy — just uncheck the checkbox.

      Comment by techpaul | June 21, 2009 | Reply


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