Windows Vista by default applies ClearType effect to the fonts displayed on screen, especially on TrueType fonts, in order to improve the appearance of text on certain types of computer display screens, especially LCD flat-panel monitors. As ClearType text actually sacrifices color or chrominance details aspect of image quality for light and dark or luminance detail, some people may not like the blurry font style in ClearType. Here’s a easy way to disable or turn off ClearType in Windows Vista.

  1. Right click on any blank spot of desktop, and then select Personalize on pop-up context menu.
  2. Select Window Color and Appearance.
  3. Click on Open classic appearance properties for more color options link located at the bottom of the page.
  4. Click on the Effects button.
  5. Do one of the following:

    Uncheck (untick) the Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts box.


    Select Standard to replace ClearType in the drop down list under the above title.

  6. Click OK, then click Apply, and finally finish with clicking OK again.

To enable or turn on ClearType effect again, simply reverse the setting in the steps above.