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Internet Explorer 11 (on Windows 8.1) seems to ignore system font smoothing preferences. Even though ClearType is enabled on the system, IE11 keeps smoothing using gradients.


Is there any way to enable ClearType smoothing in IE11?

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    While I understand and agree that animation and smooth zooming are important on tablets, the desktop browser user experience should not be sacrificed. Although not a direct answer to your question, I switched to Chrome browser exactly for this reason. I spend a lot of time in browser, so I want the best for my eyes. Desktop IE10 or IE11 does not offer that anymore. – Tomas Karban Oct 26 '13 at 21:55
  • @TomasKarban: I'm using Chrome exclusively on a day-by-day basis but doing development leaves the inevitable trip to IE... :( – Robert Koritnik Oct 28 '13 at 13:36

Unfortunately Modern UI (Metro) apps does not support ClearType. And for desktop environment ClearType still works with one direction, so when you rotate the screen it won't change either


  • I'm not running IE in fullscreen mode (as Modern UI app) but rather on the desktop in a normal window. And I'm running on a desktop computer without any rotation capabilities. – Robert Koritnik Sep 17 '13 at 7:16
  • BTW: All other apps (including Windows 8 itself) render fonts using ClearType. It's just IE that slapped me with a glove. – Robert Koritnik Sep 17 '13 at 7:25
  • Maybe that's the problem of DirectWrite. IE9 and above, MS Office 2013 and some newer MS applications changed to DirectWrite that makes text rendering sometimes worse – phuclv Sep 17 '13 at 7:31
  • Office too? haven't got it on my machine, so I wouldn't know... That's actually very bad as they stepped back a decade or so. – Robert Koritnik Sep 17 '13 at 8:09

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