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Disabling anti-aliasing in Windows

Published: Thursday 2005-06-02.

As a complementary addition to yesterday’s instruction for X, I thought I should give a quick description on how to disable anti-aliasing of fonts also in Windows XP. Go to Start → Settings → Control Panel → Display → Appearance → Effects to open the dialogue box depicted below.

[Effects in Windows XP]

There are two different modes for anti-aliasing, but I prefer to disable it completely since there does not seem to be a way to fine-tune it to only apply to certain text sizes, like in X.

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  • Datum: 2005-06-02 09.41.56 CEST
  • Namn: Anders Carlsson
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Två lägen förutom avstängd är ändå ett fler än i Windows 2000; där kan man bara välja på eller av.

I'd advise anyone to just try it for themselves. For LCD screens, the Windows 'Clear type' anti-aliasing is just what I want actually. The computer usually doesn't know you are using an LCD screen, so Peter's instructions also work the other way around: enable font smoothing to see if it is something for you. Microsoft also offers a 'Cleartype tuning wizard' powertoy addon, which give you more control on the smoothing.

  • Date: 2005-06-02 10.26.07 CEST
  • Name: Peter Karlsson
  • Posted from: ***

Yes, people should of course decide for themselves whether they like it or not. I don't like it, so I disable it, and I just thought I'd share the info with others who might happen to feel the same way about it as I do...

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