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When I type text into an Adobe application on Windows - Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign (although not Fireworks) - the text is rendered smoothly and the font appears without any sign of jagged edges.

However, when I type text into any other Windows text editors including Notepad, Wordpad, Notepad++, Microsoft Word, the text appears less smoothly rendered. Why?

I'm looking for a text editor, word processor or note taking application for Windows that renders fonts smoothly as an Adobe application does.

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Can you put up a couple screenshots for comparison? – Adam Jul 15 '11 at 4:54

I think you may have turned off Cleartype.

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