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ClearType in Windows XP

New York, NY. - 25 October 2001

Windows XP launches with ClearType® support built in.

Microsoft's finest achievement with Windows XP may have nothing to do with flashy features. The new operating system uses Microsoft's ClearType font-rendering technology, which makes text viewed on liquid-crystal displays (LCD) unbelievably sharp. - Joe Wilcox for c|net

In their lead Windows XP launch article c|net identifies ClearType as one of Windows XP's main highlights.

Better text: For those using LCD monitors—with either desktop or notebook PCs—ClearType technology offers substantially sharper text than any other Windows version and most other operating systems.

Activating ClearType

Activating ClearType in Windows XP

To activate ClearType in Windows XP right click on the desktop and select 'Properties', select the 'Appearance' tab and press the 'Effects…' button. Check the tick box next to the words 'Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts;' and select 'ClearType' from the drop down box. Close the Effects dialog by clicking Okay and click 'Apply' to complete the process.

Alternately use this nifty Web interface to activate and tune your ClearType settings.


  • 25 October 2001 -'s take on ClearType.
  • 25 October 2001 - Jakob Nielsen's thoughts. Mr Nielson doesn't talk about the differences between ClearType and more traditional forms of font anti-aliasing - but at least he links to this page.
  • 29 October 2001 - A German article posted by the producers of 'Nano', a science and technology TV show broadcast by on3sat in Europe.
  • October 2001 - LockerGnome - 50 Things You Didn't Know About XP - ClearType is #4.

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article posted 24 October 2001 and last updated 1 November 2001.

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