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Published on 02.03.09 by Brent Trahan

Turn Off ClearType

Learn how to turn off ClearType in Windows 7.

Turn Off ClearType

  1. Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
  2. Open Display in the Control Panel.


    Note: If Display is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Click Adjust ClearType text in the left column of the Display window.
  4. Uncheck Turn on ClearType and then click Next.


  5. Click Next in the next few screens. You don’t need to participate in them.

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  6. Click Finish to save the settings.


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  1. Jan says:

    In Vista and XP it is pretty easy to turn off clear type, but in Windows 7 it is almost impossible. I cannot accept the blurry text, as I am a great fan of the sharp and clear text which was possible in Vista and XP.
    I go through the different steps in the Clear Type text tuner, but this only makes it more blurry.

  2. Jan says:

    Just to be specific:


  3. Christian says:

    You’ll also need to change the fonts that Windows 7 uses by default. Although websites will look better when you turn ClearType off, The damn font they chose for the rest of Windows (Segoe UI) looks horrible without it. Right click on desktop, click personalise, click on Window Color (down the bottom), click on Advanced Appearance Settings, and change all of the fonts to something you like (XP used Tahoma for the majority and that looks pretty good).

  4. BJ says:

    Awesome Christian! Thanks :)

  5. David says:


    I found Clear-Type to be a problem for me so I fixed it with a mix of font substitutions and font smoothing settings in the registry.

    I written up the process here for anyone who wants to see:


    I’ve written up what to change. (And the default settings in case you want to put them back!) Also .reg files to save your typing fingers…

  6. John says:

    Dave, you rock. The look of Windows 7 just improved 90%. In just about every place, my text has clarity now. I like my pixels to be clearly defined squares, not blurry.

    There’s still a few locations where the text is fuzzy, like the system properties screen and the top menus in Computer, (organize, map network drive, etc) Any solutions on the way for those?

    • David says:

      Hi John,

      I’ve had a look at my system properties screen and the top menus as you described but mine are all OK.

      The only thing that springs to mind is to check if maybe you already changed some fonts before you applied the registry settings.

      Take a look in ‘Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Personalization’ and click on the ‘Windows Color’ in the center bottom of the window. (It says Color but you can adjust some fonts here too).

      If you run through the item list, items that can have the font changed will show a font below which you can ammend.

      If you do find out what this problem is, let me know and I’ll add a note to the how-to…


  7. Srinivas D says:

    Thanks a zillion, David! It really helped in getting rid of this
    ‘un’clear type font from my vison!

  8. DrGibbs says:

    That’s not all there is to it. If you really want to disable ClearType wherever possible, try this: http://superuser.com/questions/405066/what-are-all-the-places-where-cleartype-can-be-disabled/

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