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Calibrate ClearType for Sharper Text & Easier Reading in Windows 7

Like Vista, Windows 7 uses Microsoft’s ClearType technology to smooth the edges of screen fonts and improve readability.

by Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director on October 22, 2009

Though ClearType's default settings are comfortable for most people, you can tweak the darkness and sharpness of letters by following these steps:

  • Type “cttune” into the Windows search box and hit Enter. The ClearType Text Tuner appears.
  • Make sure that Turn on ClearType is checked, and click Next.
  • Click Next again after the tuner tells you whether or not your notebook is at the correct resolution. If you are not at your screen’s native resolution, you will have to adjust it at this point.
  • For the next four steps, The ClearType Text Tuner will ask you to choose between different blocks of text, based on which looks best to you. Click Next after you select each block, and Finish when you are done.


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