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    ClearType "hack" possible?

    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):

    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
    Last edited by Krupski; 07-15-2012 at 12:04 AM. Reason: fixed a typo.....
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