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ClearType Switch

Turn on or off ClearType and anti-aliasing text settings in one click

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ClearType Switch screenshotCRT monitors' pixels are constituted by numerous dots of distinct color. On small resolutions a unique CRT display pixel can reside of more than 9 colored points. If the screen resolution is big, the CRT tube pixel has only 3 colored dots. Also, pixels standing side by side can share the same dots. So, on CRT displays low-contrast transitions are obscure, but high-contrast junctions acquire geometric distortions.

LCD displays have square pixels of fixed size. Every pixel consists of three rectangular (usually vertical) nonintersecting colored zones. So, diagonal lines and text characters, which are automatically smoothed on CRT monitors, become uneven on LCD screens.

Anti-aliasing algorithms help to fix these issues when rendering raster pictures. If "Smooth edges of screen fonts" feature is turned on, Windows analyzes a photo around the particular text and adjusts color of surrounding pixels to get a good visual result.

ClearType technology was designed to enhance visual result of text rendering especially for LCD panels.

Name ClearType Switch
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Product Homepage ClearType Switch
License Free (Freeware)
Last Week Downloads 5
All Time Downloads 1,329
Filename cleartype-switch.exe
Filesize 0.4MB
MD5 Checksum DFA5012080144FBBD5B831E4F5725489
OS Support Win 7/Vista
Category Desktop Enhancements

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Old Versions

Software Date Added
ClearType Switch November 11, 2019 - Latest Version
ClearType Switch 1.1 October 12, 2011
ClearType Switch 1.0 December 10, 2010

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