Looking for better font smoothing in Windows 7 RRS feed

  • Question

  • I always preferred the way Mac OS X deals with fonts than the way Windows does. There has been plenty of discussions about this everywhere, so I don't care to start another one, but my question is, is there a way to hack Cleartype to make the fonts look more like OS X? I've done the Cleartype tuner thing several times and I still end up with sharp but tiny looking fonts, except maybe if I choose Segoe UI Semibold as the main font for everything in the system, but the drawback of that is that when the system has to display something in bold, it doesn't switch to Segoe UI Bold, it stays in Semi-Bold. And the same thing happens if I choose the Semi-Bold Segoe UI as the browser font and set it to override the page's default font; when text was set to be bold, it stays in semi-bold.

    I've read about the registry settings for Cleartype a few days ago and I played with them, even setting "FontSmoothingGamma" to 25, not noticing any difference from the default of 1000, which is supposed to give the strongest contrast.

    So the only other option I've found so far is GDI++, setting it as a start-up item and choosing a preset that makes my fonts look the boldest, but it only works for 32 bit apps, and not even all 32-bit apps can use it, for example, IE8, in its 32 bit version, if GDI++ is on, will make text look even thinner and jagged. But besides, GDI++ is a software from several years ago that was developed in Japan, so the best we have are some old builds with English translations. I would like to find something that works in both 32 and 64 bit, and that is being developed currently.

    Any ideas?
    Sunday, December 6, 2009 3:33 PM

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  • Hi

    Go to " Performance options " and see if " Smooth edges of screen fonts " is checked.

    Just a guess.

    Sunday, December 6, 2009 5:31 PM
  • No, obviously Cleartype is enabled. That was the point of my post, that Cleartype, even at the highest contrast, still shows fonts really thin and hard to read, unless you select a semi-bold or bold font, but then you have the problem of things that are meant to be shown in bold showing no different.
    Monday, December 7, 2009 2:49 AM
  • I don't really see the point of font smoothing and think it would be better instead if there were higher resolution fonts to begin with.
    Seasons greetings!
    Monday, December 7, 2009 4:56 AM
  • I would love to see better font smoothing in Windows 7.  It hurts my eyes!!!!!  I am surprised how pixelated everything is and with lack of depth.  My biggest gripe with Windows 7 fonts besides the eye pain is that they never correctly represent how they will look on final print out.  Annoying.


    If anyone has a hack to correctly represent fonts in Windows 7 I also would love to know!! 



    Friday, October 21, 2011 4:33 AM
  • Try the gdipp software dude ! http://code.google.com/p/gdipp/
    • Proposed as answer by dubbreak Thursday, November 17, 2011 6:33 PM
    Thursday, November 17, 2011 3:48 PM
  • Thanks for the link. It looks good. I'll definitely be trying that out.
    Thursday, November 17, 2011 6:34 PM
  • Is there any way to tweak the settings of gdipp to make it look exactly like that of the Safari browser under the "STRONG" setting for "Font smoothing"?.

    Really I love this setting in Safari and I don't exaggerate if I say that the only reason to d/l and install Safari (even though it is so naive for my taste) is because of this font smoothing settings (especially the "Strong" setting) which has been borrowed from their OSX font smoothing library. I can enjoy it ONLY in Safari but very sad not to enjoy the same boldness/crispness/blackness text elsewhere in Windows 7 x64 especially in my main default browser (firefox) :(

    Monday, November 28, 2011 8:01 AM