How To Fix Fuzzy Text Using ClearType

ClearType is Microsoft’s implementation of subpixel rendering technology in rendering text in a font system. ClearType attempts to improve the appearance of text on certain types of computer display screens by sacrificing color fidelity for additional intensity variation ~ Wikipedia

Clear as mud? Put simply, ClearType can help sharpen fuzzy or indistinct text. ClearType has been a part of Windows since XP but was significantly improved in Windows 7 and has been enabled by default since Vista. However, because of the varying levels of eyesight and color sensitivity between individuals, for some users the default settings may not always be as sharp or legible as they could be with a little tweaking.

How to calibrate ClearType in Windows 7, 8.1, or 10

Step 1: Type cttune into the Start Menu’s search box – in Windows 8/8.1, you’ll need to open the Charms menu (Windows + C) to search:


Step 2: Click the item or hit Enter to launch the ClearType utility.

Step 3: Make sure the option to “Turn on ClearType” is enabled, then click Next:

turn on cleartype

Step 4: Click Next again after the utility confirms that your screen is at its native resolution (which it should be in pretty much all cases). If not, you will need to adjust the resolution at this point:

cleartype-screen resolution

Step 6: Now you’ll be taken through a series of blocks of text where you’ll need to select the text that looks best to you. You’ll need to repeat this 5 times clicking Next each time:

cleartype-text samples

Step 7: When you’ve completed the process, click Finish.

You should now see a vast improvement in text clarity.

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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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