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ClearType font rendering in XP for Firefox or any other application

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So I was comparing the output of a web application I am working on in Internet Explorer and Firefox when I noticed that the fonts looked bad in Firefox (fonts just look way better in IE).

Unfortunately this adjustment will do nothing for the end users of my application that use another web browser other than Internet Explorer or even if then run another operating system (since this is a Windows display feature) but this will help you my faithful blog reader.

If you want ClearType font rendering on any font that Windows XP displays (so all applications), all you have to do is enable ClearType through the display properties.

  • Right click on the desktop and choose Properties.
  • Click on the Appearance tab and then choose the Effects… button.
  • In the ‘Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts:’ choose ClearType.
  • Click OK
  • Click Apply
  • Check out your results!

I had Firefox open the entire time and noticed the results as soon as I clicked apply.

Hope that helps someone!


Written by lordfu

February 17, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Posted in Windows

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