I'm on a Mac, but I need to work with Visual Studio, so I run WinXP with Parallels.

Windows 7 is to heavy for my Mac Mini. Compared to Windows 7 And Mac OS X, WinXP has terrible fonts. They are extremely sharp, and eyes start hurting.

Is there a way to make them smooth? I heard about ClearType, but never managed to activate it.



Yes...ClearType is exactly what you need...but I prefer sharp text...well...here's a page for you


  • Interesting... I tried the very same page with no success. I'll try again. Must have done something wrong. – Alex Jan 28 '11 at 13:57
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    @Alex: I think it only works in Internet Explorer. There is also ClearType Tuner PowerToy, a Control Panel applet. – user1686 Jan 28 '11 at 15:43

ClearType is good, but if you prefer the Mac style of font smoothing, GDI++ is a closer approximation.

  • The "before" in the Google search is completely exaggerated. – sinni800 Jul 29 '11 at 12:48

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