At home the computer of choice is my old white intel Apple iMac which so far has served me well and take for granted the nice, smooth, anti-aliased text it produces on screen. I had a bit of a shock when i started first day at new job (a while back) and got seated in front of an old PC powered by Windows XP. I loaded up the latest version of Firefox browser and looked in horror at the jagged, crumbly non anti-aliased web text some of which was almost unreadable.
I always thought that all modern browsers supported text smoothing but it didn’t look like it from where i was sitting. I immediately did a Google search to find what the problem was, and came across a few downloadable cleartype firefox fixes before coming to the solution that worked for me.
- Click on the Windows XP ‘Start’ menu button, then ‘Control Panel’, and then ‘Display’.
- On the ‘Appearance’ tab click on ‘Effects’.
- Click to select the ‘Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts’ check box, and then click ‘ClearType’ from list.
- Sit back and enjoy smooth fonts in your web browser