Better ClearType Tuner: configure font smoothing on Windows 10

Better ClearType Tuner is a free portable program for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system to configure font smoothing settings.

Microsoft’s Windows operating system includes the ClearType Text Tuner tool that users of the operating system may use to adjust font smoothing settings. Windows 10 users may open it by typing ClearType in the search field of the Settings app; the “adjust ClearType text” option loads the tool.

Users who notice that fonts look blurry or off on their devices may use the built-in tool or third-party tools like Better ClearType Tuner or ClearType Switch to improve the display of fonts.

Tip: Check out how to install and manage fonts on Windows 10.

Better ClearType Tuner

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Better ClearType Tuner improves the process in several ways. Windows users can download the free open source program from the project’s GitHub page. The application can be run right away (after the downloaded archive has been extracted) as it does not need to be installed.

Better ClearType Tuner displays all supported options in the interface on start. The interface displays all options in the sidebar and a preview of the current font antialiasing settings in the preview area.

The following features are supported currently:

  • Toggle the font antialiasing setting to turn the feature on or off.
  • Select Grayscale, RGB or BGR modes (Grayscale antialiasing or subpixel antialiasing using RGB or BGR subpixel layouts).
  • Change the font rendering contrast manually (for RGB and BGR modes).
  • Preview the results in normal scale and in a 400% zoomed mode.

Changes that you make take effect immediately. If you switch the antialiasing mode or contrast you may notice changes in the preview area immediately. There is no option to change the text that is used, it is always “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”.  Options to reset the settings to the default are provided as well.

The font smoothing settings set using the application apply to all connected devices. The developer notes that this sets the application apart from the built-in tool as the functionality is broken in the latest Windows 10 version 1903 version of the operating system. A restart of the system may be required before the changes take effect on the entire system.

Closing Words

Better ClearType Tuner is a handy program for Windows 10 users who want to modify ClearType settings directly. All options are displayed on a single page and each change is displayed as a preview directly which makes things a lot easier.

Now You: How do you manage antialiasing settings on your systems?

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