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Pretty!

Ok. This will probably make me sound even more geeky than I currently apear on this journal.

But meh.. I don't care.

This is a top tip for windows users. Specifically for WinXP - but 2k might havethe option as well. You know how your text on screen doesn't look that pretty? A bit jagged? Well there is an option to smooth the fonts in Windows.

This isn't new, there's been an option since MS released a patch for Windows95 that allowed font smoothing in windows, but.. well.. its really looked kind of crap before, so I never turned it on.

However - new (to my knowledge) in XP is ClearType smoothing. ClearType is a new font standard that MS have been working on with Adobe, and Apple chime in occationally too. Basically its a new way of displaying fonts. I happend across this option because I hate the way text looks like ass in windows - especially in webpages.

Basically I was trying to get it to look like a Mac.

Macs have font smoothing on by default you see. So everything looks much prettier. Knowing that I hated the old Win95 look I thought I'd see what new features XP has. I am greatly impressed.
Here's how to turn it on in XP:


Right Click on your Desktop and go to Properties.
In the window that pops up select Apearance.
Click the button that says Effects.
Check the box that says "Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts:"
Select 'ClearType' from the dropdown box (standard is basically an improved Win95 method - try it if you like, but ClearType is better overall).
Click Ok and close the window.


Simple huh? Everything looks soooo much prettier now!
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