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    Typeface Issues

    I'm not at ALL sure how this works or how to fix it if can be, but:

    I have a Samsung 226BW monitor, and an NVIDIA GeFore 8400 card.

    I was using Win-XP Pro, and had the monitor adjusted to 1280 x 960. If I went to the native res (16860 x 1050) it seemed that all the fonts, regardless of how I set them in Appearance (Control Panel) got VERY faint and "light-stroked" so that I (having fairly bad vision) had a LOT of trouble reading them.

    I just switched over to Vista Home Premium. Now, the setting I had found that worked, the 1280 x 960, won't work because it doesn't fill the screen anymore, but rather gives me a square viewing area, rather thsn idescreen. And the widescreen settings give me the overly faint and hard to read fonts.

    Is there any type of adjustment or solution for this?

    Chuck Billow
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    Re: Typeface Issues

    Try Microsoft's Windows ClearType Tuner - it has been updated to work with Vista.

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    Re: Typeface Issues

    Hans:

    It's not seeing my ClearType as being "on", which it is Set in "Appearances"). So it refuses to run.

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    Re: Typeface Issues

    Does this link work? ClearType Tuner Step 1: Turn on Windows XP ClearType

    Note: the Windows XP ClearType Tuner powertoy should work in Vista even though it says Windows XP on the tin.

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    Re: Typeface Issues

    This is a bit better. Thanks Hans.

    Surprising in today's tech that they can't get this better...

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    Re: Typeface Issues

    LCDs almost always look better in their native resolution. I've never seen one that looked shaper and easier to read in a lower resolution. Are you using default system fonts?
    Have you changed the font size?

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    Re: Typeface Issues

    Joe:

    I dunno... all I know is that if I set the res on my machine to the 1680x1050 (?) native, the fonts not only get smaller, the get *lighter*.

    And in message boxes etc. I wasn't even able to adequately adjust the size. So I had a new computer, new monitor, and I could hardly see it.

    I DO understand Mark's points. And I am certainly guilty as charged of tweaking. I think that often I may start out to just solve one issue and suddenly find something "new" I am enamored with, and so...

    So, as stated earlier, I will try harder to control myself.

    I d appreciate your input Joe. I'll try to be more aware.

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    Re: Typeface Issues

    macropod:

    That's not a bad idea -- although, I'm going to have to get all other things set up and backed up first.

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    Re: Typeface Issues

    Hi Chuck,

    Far be it from me to suggest you start tinkering but:
    . Open the Control Panel
    . Choose Personalization
    . Click on 'Display Settings'
    . Set the resolution and colours to their highest settings
    . Click 'OK'
    . Click on 'Adjust font size'
    . Select a larger size from the sizes listed, or click on the 'Custom DPI' button and choose something more to your liking.
    . Click 'OK'
    . Close the Control Panel
    Cheers,

    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]

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    Re: Typeface Issues

    Thanks for the tip, mmacropod.

    Regards,
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