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How To Enable Clear Type In Windows XP

With the advent of digital flat panel monitors and notebook computer screens, Windows XP has a new feature known as Clear Type font smoothing. Clear Type improves the overall readability of the fonts on your screen, while using flat panel monitors or Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs). If you have one of these displays and enable this setting, you may never want to go back to the Standard setting of viewing your text based programs. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to enable this Clear Type setting.

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Enabling Clear Type In Windows XP

  1. Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on the Control Panel icon located in the right column of the Start Menu.
  3. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, then begin by clicking on the Start Button.
  4. Then click on Settings, then click on the Control Panel icon to open up the Control Panel.
  5. Now, Double click on the Display icon to open up the Display Properties window.
  6. Then click on the Appearance tab located at the top of the screen.
  7. Now click on the Effects button located at the bottom right of the screen.
  8. Locate the section entitled: Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts:
  9. Ensure that there is a check mark placed in the white box that precedes this section.
  10. Now with your mouse change the default Standard font setting to ClearType.
  11. Then click on the OK button to save your changes and exit the Effects Properties windows.
  12. Then click on the OK button at the bottom of the screen to close the Display Properties window.

You Can Also Smooth The Edges Of Screen Fonts By Reading: Smooth Screen Font Edges

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