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How to disable IE9 Cleartype

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    kirak

    Any ideas on how to turn IE9 cleartype feature off

    Thanks

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    evildictait​or

    I assume you're talking about Microsoft's implementation of  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subpixel_rendering in certain fonts.

    The short answer is you can't, or at least not in IE9, and not at the application level in general without some pretty dodgy hacks. A better answer depends on the context in which you're asking:

    If you're a normal home user then you can turn off ClearType to all applications on your computer via the Control Panel (In Windows7 just type "ClearType" into the search bar of Control Panel).

    If you have a visual impairment you can tell Internet Explorer to change or ignore some aspects of how web-pages are laid out via the Tools > General > Accessibility panel (you can make the Menu appear by pressing ALT). This can include changing the default font to be a non-ClearType font.

    If you're a corporate administrator, you can turn off ClearType to all domain-connected machines via a Group Policy restriction, but I'd question why you'd want to make it harder for your employees to read text in their web-browser.

    If you're a web-designer and you're finding that ClearType is getting in the way of your webpage's layout, try using CSS to use a different font that Windows7 won't try and apply ClearType to, or use an image to exactly specify how the pixels will be laid out in the browser.

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    Frank Hileman

    I think people want the old cleartype back. On one monitor I use, the new clear type has bad color fringes, and I cannot figure any way to tune it. It does not pick up the normal cleartype tuning?

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    elmer

    Yes, I also find the font rendering on IE9 to be so awful that I uninstalled and refuse to use it.

    I am one of those people who can't live with ClearType, and so have it disabled on my computer, but IE9 is just totally recalcitrant in this aspect, and won't let you switch off its new font rendering "feature" ...apparently MS thinks I'm just holding it wrong.

    I am sticking IE8 for those few times I actually need IE, but have now switched to Firefox as my daily browser, rather than waste any more time with IE9.

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    evildictait​or

    Type "clear type" into the search bar of Control Panel. In "adjust ClearType text" you can disable ClearType for the entire system if you're having problems with it.

    If you want the "old ClearType" back you can tune Clear Type in the same dialog, just click "Next" and it'll take you through a couple of options to fine tune it.

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    Frank Hileman

    @evildictaitor: seems to have no affect on IE9 that I can see. It does affect everything else. I am talking about the tuning, not the disabling.

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    elmer

    @evildictaitor:ClearType settings are quite separate to IE9 font rendering. IE9 just does it's own thing, and there is no way to control or disable it. Personally, I have ClearType disabled, but can't use IE9 because the font rendering is totally unreadable for me.

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    spivonious

    @elmer: I've never noticed a problem. Could you expand on why you dislike IE9's font rendering?

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    kettch

    @spivonious: There's a certain percentage of the population for whom ClearType just doesn't work with. It probably has to do with color perception or something. It's either that or a terrible monitor.

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    ScanIAm

    I'd love to see what it is they don't like.  Pages and text in IE9 have a much better look to them, IMO.  It has to have something to do with the rendering taking place in the GPU, but I likes it much more better than IE8.

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    Magic​Andre1981

    for me the DirectWrite font rendering is also terrible. Before the update I got headache after 5 seconds. Now it takes 5 minutes to get a headache. Switching to a GDI Windows stop the headache immediately. The GDI ClearType used in Windows is still the best for me eyes. But every user has different eyes. So some users can't use it while others see no difference. So I stay at IE8 and I also disabled Direct2D/Write in Firefox.

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    ScanIAm

    @MagicAndre1981:Are you sure it isn't your avatar that's causing the headache Smiley

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    figuerres

    ,ScanIAm wrote

    I'd love to see what it is they don't like.  Pages and text in IE9 have a much better look to them, IMO.  It has to have something to do with the rendering taking place in the GPU, but I likes it much more better than IE8.

    same here, i have like 5 screens i use and it looks fine to me on all of them.

    all i can say is they are all flat panels and a laptop not CRT type displays.

    one of them is rather old but they all looks clean and crisp to my eyes.

    also do they have issues with VS2010 text ?  does it look the same to them? better? Worse?

    screen shots would be usefull ...

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    evildictait​or

    Press ALT > Tools > Internet Options > Advanced > Accellerated Graphics > Uncheck box.

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    cbae

    ,ScanIAm wrote

    @MagicAndre1981:Are you sure it isn't your avatar that's causing the headacheSmiley

    That's one cool cat.

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    Sven Groot

    @MagicAndre1981: Since when can C9 have animated avatars!? Please remove this feature post-haste, C9 team!

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    AndyC
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    Magic​Andre1981

    @MagicAndre1981:Are you sure it isn't your avatar that's causing the headacheSmiley

    no, I can open 2 programs (1 GDI and 1 with Direct2D or WPF) and if I look at the Direct2D/WPF rendering I get the headache. Switching to the GDI Windows stops it. If I switch back to the WPF/Direct2D Windows the headache is back. Before the font update I also had burning eyes after a few seconds watching at a WPF/Direct2D Window. For example I can see in VS2010 which parts are WPF and which are GDI. Everytime my eyes burn I know that I see a Window which is coded with WPF.

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