Smooth or anti-alias font in Windows, Firefox, IE

All of a sudden my system started displaying rough/jagged text or font. So was just wondering why I am facing this text or font smooth or anti-alias rendering problem in my system. As usual checked system display properties, resolution settings, graphic card etc., looks everything fine. Then started google about text or font anti-aliasing to render the text soft/smooth.

Anti-Alias Problem
Anti-Alias Problem

And I found in one of the support forms, says the problem is with the Cleartype text or font settings. Just follow these steps to enable Cleartype for smooth edges for screen fonts:

Go to Desktop -> Right Click -> Display Properties -> Appearance -> Effects

Then enable “Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts:” choose ClearType as your option and then apply the settings, that’s it you are done. Now the windows, Firefox and IE displays the text or font properly rendered with smooth or soft edges :)

Check the same in the below screen shot:

ClearType Font Anti-Alias settings
ClearType Font Anti-Alias settings

Was wondering why I am not facing the same problem in IE, looks like IE7 uses ClearType by default, but you need to turn it on system-wide for other programs to use it in Windows XP. It’s cool right :)

Just thought to share this simple trick with you all, might be the minor one but

if you are not aware of it then guess :)

To know more about ClearType check the following links:
ClearType – Typography settings – Microsoft
ClearType – Wikipedia
How do I turn on Antialiasing in Firefox

Share the same with the techies, if they are facing the same problem…..

Published by Sravan Kumar

A Creative Web Designer, Developer, User Interface and User Experience Expert.

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  1. Thanks for the tip. I was perplexed as to why IE7 was displaying fonts so much nicer than Firefox. This worked great.

  2. Thanks very much – I was worried that a new expensive monitor had been a waste of money until I read this post!

  3. Man! I gotta say many Thanks. I hav bin containing with this mess for a long time. U saved a soul!

  4. Hi.. It looks wonderful.

    But IE7 will do antialiasing without setting the specified option in to ClearType. Similarly can we enable antialiasing only in firefox without changingthe whole windows look and feel ??

  5. thanx… i was getting desperate… as a linux user i just sometimes can’t make sence of the widows settings system…

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