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Is it possible to turn ClearType off on certain monitors in Windows 7.

ClearType degrades the crispness on the external LCD connected to my laptop. I tried tweaking it using the ClearType adjustment wizard but still no luck.

For some reason this particular screen looks better without ClearType switched on.

Update:

  • This monitor is not in portrait mode
  • I don't want tune the ClearType settings, I want to switch it off completely.
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Is the external monitor in portrait mode? ClearType only helps when it is correctly aligned with your monitor's subpixels. –  bk1e Aug 11 '09 at 4:12
    
Yeah, I had a similar annoyance. ClearType does an exemplary job within its small circle of competence. It's not a flexible engine, at least from the outside. –  aaaidan Nov 5 '12 at 3:07
    
see my answer here –  kinokijuf Feb 14 '13 at 20:15

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Not possible. Better use DVI instead of VGA, if possible.

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Thanks, already running in DVI mode. Still not as crisp as compared to using this monitor on an XP machine where ClearType is switched off. –  philipf Aug 12 '09 at 8:45

ClearType Text Tuner is available in the Windows 7 Control Panel. You could adjust ClearType settings for selected monitor only.

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I don't want to adjust it, I need to switch it off. –  philipf Aug 12 '09 at 8:44
    
I'm in the same boat as you, philipf. Was sad to see no option was available to turn it off for a particular monitor. –  Steven Lu Jul 26 '12 at 23:35

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