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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.


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)]

Today’s free link(s):
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Today’s free download: Format Factory is a multifunctional media converter.
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6 DVD Ripper.

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June 20, 2009 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, IE 7, Internet, performance, tech, tweaks | , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Quick tweaks improve your monitor, speed

In just a few clicks, you can improve the appearance of items on your screen, make things easier for your eyes, and get peppier performance out of your PC.

Making adjustments to settings, and turning various things on or off, is known as “tweaking”, and sometimes “optimizing”. And being a Geek, I love to tweak my machines until they’re running like a Indy 500 car. Today’s quick tip will take you all of 45 seconds to do, and it will give you noticeable results.

Tip of the Day: Turn on font smoothing, and turn off special effects.
The settings we’re going to tweak are all found on the Appearance tab of your Display Properties: right-click on a blank area of your Desktop and select “Properties”
On the “Appearance” tab, click on the “Effects” button.

Here we’re going to turn one item on, and three off, by placing or removing checkmarks.
1) Turn on the ClearType font smoothing feature by placing a check in its checkbox, and using the drop-down arrow to set it to ClearType. This will make reading easier, and reduce headache-causing eye strain.
2) Turn off the “bells-and-whistles” special effects that, while ‘modern’ and ‘cool’, really only slow things down quite unnecessarily. (aka “waste system resources”)
* uncheck “transition effects”
* uncheck “shadows”
* uncheck “show windows contents while dragging”
3) Click OK, and OK again.

That’s it. You’re done. Easy, right? Right. Should you change your mind someday, undoing these changes is just as easy.. just place a check again. (But I very much doubt you will!)

Today’s free link: Loyal fans of this series know that I am obsessed with advising folks to make backup copies of their computer files in case of a failure; and that I wrote that one option was to use a “online” storage solution (as one of your two locations)(read Online Storage for Data Backup).
There’s a new service out called BackBlaze that is worth checking out. Click here to read a review of the “World’s easiest online backup” (and download link).

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