Why Does My Vista Fonts Looks Awful?

A friend of mine just bought a new laptop pre-installed with Windows Vista . He brought it to my house and ask me “why does my vista fonts looks awful?”, “did the technician installed a pirated Vista on my laptop?”. My answer is ” you have a legitimate Vista on your laptop however, the smooth edges of screen fonts or ClearType is currently disabled that’s also why your fonts look horrible.  In some cases these settings are disabled most especially for brand new machines.

Fonts without font smoothing:


Fonts with enabled cleartype:


To enable ClearType. Just right click on your desktop select Personalize then select Window and  Color Appearance.


Put a check on the “Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts” and select ClearType