View Full Version : ClearType "hack" possible?

07-14-2012, 11:00 PM
Hi all,

I run Windows 7 and positively cannot stand the way the text looks. So today I experimented with registry settings to determine which bits of FontSmoothingType and FontSmoothingOrientation did what.

I changed settings, logged off and back on, did a screenshot and then did a binary "difference" in PaintShopPro to see the effect.

To make a long story short, after I was done I took the screenshots for FontSmoothingOrientation "RGB" and "BGR" (both of which look hideous) and averaged them together.

BINGO!!!!!!! The result looked beautiful! (click thumb for full sized screenshot):

http://three-dog.homelinux.com/other/images/tavg_thumb.jpg (http://three-dog.homelinux.com/other/images/tavg.jpg)

This is the result of BOTH "RGB" and "BGR" font smoothing applied simultaneously.

My question is, is there a way do do this directly (i.e. tell Windows to render ClearType this way)?

The values for FontSmoothingOrientation are 1 or 2, so I had hoped that 3 (binary 11) would turn on both... but it doesn't.

Anyone have any ideas if this can be accomplished (or is there any other way to make the AWFUL Windows 7 screeen look good)?


-- Roger