How To Disable Font Smoothing In Windows 7/8/10

From Windows XP to Windows 8, Microsoft has improved the way Windows displays fonts. The smooth fonts introduced in Windows 7  – also continued in Windows 10/8, having an appealing and smart look.

However, there are some folks who are not satisfied with this stylish look of fonts. So they may want to remove all the font smoothing and anti-aliasing – as is evident from this thread. Here are the two scenarios – the first window with font smoothing, and second without font smoothing.

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Disable Font Smoothing

Here is how to disable font smoothing completely in Windows 8 / 7

1. On the start screen search box , type cleartype or cttune.exe and hit Enter to open the ClearType Text Tuner. Uncheck Turn on ClearType.

2. Control Panel > Performance Options Visual Effects. Uncheck Smooth edges of screen fonts.

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3. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put Regedt32.exe in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

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Navigate to the following location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

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In the right pane of this location, look for the FontSmoothing named string (REG_SZ). In order to remove font smoothing, delete this string using right click over it and select Delete. Then, double click the DWORD FontSmoothingType to modify:

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In the above shown window, just change the Value data to 1 from 2. Click OK. You may close the Registry Editor and reboot to get the results.

4.Use freeware tool Clear Type Switch. The Options for text anti-aliasing (Smooth edges of screen fonts) and ClearType are located in different locations, in Windows. This tool lets you configure your options easily from one place.

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You can enable or disable smooth edges for screen fonts and/or enable or disable the use of ClearType.

Hope you find the tip useful!

Check this post if your desktop applications & fonts appear blurred in Windows 7/8/10.

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