Why is my font in IE8 and Mozilla Firefox more blurred than before?

Posted on 2011-10-26
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Why is my font in IE8 more blurred than before? I started the Accessibility Wizard in Accessories (the first two steps, just to see what it was), but chose Undo changes when I saw that the resolution and font changed.

Now in IE8 I still have a more blurred, fainter font than before. I think it's the same with Mozilla Firefox. It's no hooks or anything on the letters, and not as sharp as before.

In IE8/Tools/Internet Options/Advanced there is an option for Accessibility, can I change anything here to get better font and resolution on font? Where in Mozilla Firefox can I do the same changes?

I have Windows XP Pro SP2 (will soon update to SP3 as I just have reinstalled the system).

Perhaps the font is the same also on XP-system, but I think not.
Question by:hermesalpha

    Accepted Solution

    Hope this helps.  Starts with IE7 and newer.

    1. Click on “Tool”
    2. Click “Internet Options“
    2. Click “Advanced” Tabs.
    3. Under Multimedia, Uncheckthe “Always Use ClearType for HTML”.
    4. Click OK
    5. Close and Restart Internet Explorer 7.

    Author Comment

    I unchecked "Always Use Clear Type for HTML" and restarted IE8. But then, the same font. And now the Internet Options is shaded (not possible to choose anymore).

    It's the same thing in Mozilla Firefox with the font. It says Standard font is Times New Roman.

    Author Comment

    By the way, as I'm posting this and trying your suggestions the SP3 is in the process of installing.

    Author Comment

    I think it's not blurred but ClearType, in Firefox, IE8 and in system folders.

    Author Comment

    I can access Internet Options again in IE8, it's not shaded in grey. It takes effect after I restart IE and I can't do that until update of SP3 has finished (still going on).

    But in Mozilla Firefox, can I do the same change there?

    Author Comment

    Even after updating to SP3 and reboot the font in IE8 browser is ClearType (it's unchecked in Advanced settings).

    Author Comment


    He did as you suggested and got the problem solved. But not me, why? I have the box unchecked and still so blurred and ClearType font.
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    Assisted Solution

    Open display properties (right-click on desktop)

    Select the Appearance tab
    Click on Effects
    There is a setting there: Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts
    Is it set for cleartype or standard?

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