ClearType delivers improved font display quality over traditional forms of font smoothing or anti-aliasing. ClearType improves readability on color LCD displays with a digital interface, such as those in laptops and high-quality flat panel displays. Readability on CRT screens can also be somewhat improved.
To make sure that text displayed within Windows® XP Mode applications looks sharp (Figure 1), you need to enable ClearType:
Figure 1. Fonts displayed in a ClearType enabled virtual application (Right) are sharper
ClearType can be enabled in Windows XP Mode by following the below steps:
- Start Windows XP Mode (From the Windows 7 Start menu, click Windows Virtual PC, and then click on Windows XP Mode)
- On Windows XP Mode desktop click Start, click Control Panel, click Appearance and Themes, and then click Display.
- On the Appearance tab, click Effects.
- Click to select the Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts check box, and then click ClearType in the list.
Before enabling ClearType, I used to get a headache while reading emails (using Outlook® 2007 running in Windows XP Mode) from my manager, colleagues & wife. After enabling ClearType, I don’t get headaches any more, while reading emails from my manager and colleagues. Ahem!!!
Microsoft Virtualization Team