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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 2nd Mar 05, 12:54 PM
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    Improve your screen's clarity for Free
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    • 2nd Mar 05, 12:54 PM
    Improve your screen's clarity for Free 2nd Mar 05 at 12:54 PM
    A tip to improve some computer's screen clarity (and worsen others, so try it, it's easy to reverse). Go to your computer's control panel, click Display, then Appearances, then effects and change your screen font from "standard" to "clear type".

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    • gatita
    • By gatita 2nd Mar 05, 1:14 PM
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    Hi Martin,
    I did what you suggested but found it very 'blurry!' wonder why?
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    • NellyLock
    • By NellyLock 2nd Mar 05, 1:39 PM
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    • 2nd Mar 05, 1:39 PM
    now i believe clear type is mainly to be used with flat screen monitors...microsoft have a little walk thru application to see if clear type is for you...
    http://www.microsoft.com/typography/cleartype/tuner/1.htm


    neil

    *edit: you need to be using internet explorer to make this little app work
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    • blinky
    • By blinky 2nd Mar 05, 2:29 PM
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    • 2nd Mar 05, 2:29 PM
    Even with the tuner process I find the text too blurry with Cleartype on my flat screen. I think it's really for the older LCD (pre-TFT) laptop screens.
    • happytobehere
    • By happytobehere 3rd Mar 05, 2:45 PM
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    • 3rd Mar 05, 2:45 PM
    I tried it on my computer which is XP and a couple of years old, and I think it's great! I'm going to use it on my laptop as well. Much easier to read and a lot clearer. I think it's something to try and if you don't like it, it's easy to reverse. Any more computer tips?
    Last edited by happytobehere; 03-03-2005 at 2:48 PM.
    • RowaN
    • By RowaN 3rd Mar 05, 4:18 PM
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    • 3rd Mar 05, 4:18 PM
    Blinky - it works fine on TFT screens. But it is NOT for CRT monitors (will look worse)! Cleartype is microsofts nickname for sub pixel font rendering, something introduced into Windows XP. Mac OSes have been using it since the 80's IIRC. For a tech explanation of how (and why!) sub pixel font rendering works check out http://www.grc.com/cleartype.htm
    Last edited by RowaN; 03-03-2005 at 4:51 PM.
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  • peter the planter
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    • 3rd Mar 05, 4:36 PM
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    • 3rd Mar 05, 4:36 PM
    Got no probs on my CRT screen, I think it definately looks clearer. Mind you I have just had a letter from the opticions.
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  • Viz
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    • 3rd Mar 05, 4:43 PM
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    I have an 18 inch Dell TFT and it made it more blurry. I switched back to standard.
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    • RowaN
    • By RowaN 3rd Mar 05, 4:49 PM
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    • 3rd Mar 05, 4:49 PM
    by defintition of this technology (see GRC link above) there is no reason why it makes sense for use on CRT screens. Yet Microsoft says "Readability on CRT screens can also be somewhat improved." but how.. I'm not sure. Looks a mess when I tried it on a CRT screen (as expected).
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    • NellyLock
    • By NellyLock 3rd Mar 05, 4:53 PM
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    I have an 18 inch Dell TFT and it made it more blurry. I switched back to standard.
    by Viz
    is that the ultrasharp 1800?? if so did u use the application above...i believe dell have used "BGR ClearType configuration" which is diff to normal c/type...try the app if u didnt already if not each to their own eh?

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  • pennyminnow
    Cleartype
    Just Changed To Clear Type As Tip Above.
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  • Viz
    is that the ultrasharp 1800??
    neil
    by NellyLock
    Yes 18" Ultrasharp. Did as above and was worse.
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  • ATR
    Great Word timesaver
    Martin invites our favourite tips - but where to post them?

    For what it's worth this is my favourite time-saver.

    If you mis-type a chunk of text in Word as upper or lower case when you wanted the other one (I do whole sentences in capitals by accident before I look up and go 'Doh!') highlight the text and press SHIFT F3. This toggles between three case-types: all upper case, all lower case and capital-letter-at-the-beginning-of-each-word.

    Saves me loads of re-typing.
  • Viz
    Nice !

    I always leave the caps lock on by mistake !
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  • Edinburghlass
    I just tried this and it is definately clearer on my TFT BUT when emailing the font has gone a bit funny? Anyone else found this, I know my glasses need cleaned and that might help :confused:

    edited to add, that I am old enough to remember that machine called a typewriter...I liken the clarity as to when you changed the ribbon
  • lipidicman
    Its good, but you can see the colours in the letters. At least I can!
  • emerydown
    Martin invites our favourite tips - but where to post them?

    For what it's worth this is my favourite time-saver.

    If you mis-type a chunk of text in Word as upper or lower case when you wanted the other one (I do whole sentences in capitals by accident before I look up and go 'Doh!') highlight the text and press SHIFT F3. This toggles between three case-types: all upper case, all lower case and capital-letter-at-the-beginning-of-each-word.

    Saves me loads of re-typing.
    by ATR
    Good tip ATR I always leave the caps lock on as well .
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    • Paul Varjak
    • By Paul Varjak 4th Mar 05, 10:40 PM
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    I stumbled across this feature when I got Windows XP a couple of years ago but had forgotten all about it. I had previously used it on a 14" CRT monitor but it works better on a TFT.

    Did not know about the link that NellyLock gave for fine-tuning ClearType, so here it is again for good measure:

    http://www.microsoft.com/typography...ype/tuner/1.htm
  • peter the planter
    Couldn't work out why the fine tuner did not work, then I twigged that it would not work in Firefox. Wouldn't it have been funny if it had?
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  • shrek101
    I bene using this for years. There is a powertoy for it so you cna tune the cleartype. It resides in the control panel

    http://www.microsoft.com/typography/ClearTypePowerToy.mspx
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