Saturday, 09 October 2004

ClearType Control Panel Icon - click to download PowerToyI missed this when it was originally released, but Microsoft recently kicked a new PowerToy for Windows XP that lets you fine-tunes the ClearType settings in Windows. It puts an applet in your control panel, so you don't have to find the obscure setting in the display properties dialog mess. It also lets you set the Cleartype settings across all machine accounts and provides much finer control over the ClearType settings.

If you've never turned on ClearType, you really don't know what you're missing. It's unfortunate that most Windows XP users don't have it turned on and have not experienced the benefits.

Whether you have a CRT, flat-panel, or notebook monitor, ClearType can greatly improve the way Windows displays text on the screen, and can make using a computer easier on your eyes.


Why use ClearType?

Just look at the screen clips below (made with another PowerToy for the Tablet PC - the Snipping Tool).

Which would you rather read on your screen? With or without ClearType?

Without ClearType: With ClearType:
 

You can click here to go to the XP PowerToys page, and look for the link to download the "ClearType Tuner PowerToy."



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Saturday, 09 October 2004 20:34:51 (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
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Sunday, 10 October 2004 07:05:55 (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
AND~~~ always use sans serif type in the headlines and serif type in the text body to greatly improve the readability of your online shi - err, ah, - copy. Serifs allow your eye to slide from one word to another in a paragraph; in headlines, fonts without serifs hold attention.
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