How to Improve Font Rendering in Windows 10

If the size of fonts is fine but they still seem hard to read for some reason, you may need to adjust your system’s font rendering settings. Windows 10 uses a technology called ClearType, which is why fonts look different on Windows versus Mac or Linux, but it looks best when tweaked specifically for your monitor.

Tweaking ClearType Settings

Open the Start Menu, search for cleartype, then select Adjust ClearType text in the results. This launches the ClearType Text Tuner. Make sure you turn on ClearType:

Fortunately, the ClearType Text Tuner is a straightforward wizard that walks you through each step. All you have to do is look at all the options, pick which one looks best to you, and rinse and repeat until you reach the end. For most, this results in text that’s pleasing enough.

Using MacType

If you’ve ever used Mac or Linux before, you know that text just looks different on those operating systems for some reason. That’s because they don’t use ClearType and instead use another text rendering technique. If you prefer that, you can sort of replicate it by installing a tool called MacType.
Visit the MacType official website and click Get MacType to download the installer. It’s an open-source project so you can view all of the source code on the MacType GitHub page (you can download binary releases here as well if the main site isn’t working).

Once installed, it’ll take you through the MacType Wizard for setup. We recommend choosing Load with MacTray (which sits in the System Tray and lets you tweak as needed), and make sure you enable Run as Administrator as well as Standalone loading mode.
On the next page, you can select which rendering profile you want to use. Different ones will look better or worse depending on your physical screen, but you can’t really go wrong with the Default profile. Click Finish and you’re done.

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