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#1 mkol

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:53

Hi Guys,

I am using Windows 8 and the fonts in internet explorer 10 are really fuzzy. I looked around on the net and problem seems to be started from IE 9 and there is a fix for this for IE9 from Microsoft. But for IE 10 there is no fix. I did used clear type to cure this but no luck.

Please help.


#2 x-byte

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:06

Most likely because of HWA.

You will find the option to turn it iff in Internet Options - Advanced (first option)

#3 OP mkol

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:09

clear now but not as clear as IE 8.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 13:11

anyone else with similar problem?

#5 bitbucket

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 13:16

check out the 3d settings for your video drivers if they have a profile for ie10 it may be the cause behind the 'fuzzy fonts'.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 13:31

They removed full ClearType (color) subpixel anti-aliasing in Windows 8 and IE10 and kept only greyscale anti-aliasing. Windows 7 version of IE10 is not affected.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 15:51

nope the nvidia drivers are fine. Its to do with microsoft...

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 18:54

anyone else?

#9 soulburner

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 20:36

Could you post a screenshot? I personally find the hardware accelerated DirectWrite method of font smoothing very good, sometimes better than ClearType, which is used everywhere else.

#10 Shane Nokes

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 20:48

They removed full ClearType (color) subpixel anti-aliasing in Windows 8 and IE10 and kept only greyscale anti-aliasing. Windows 7 version of IE10 is not affected.


That's partially correct.

RGB-based SPAA is still there in most areas of the desktop environment. It's totally gone in Metro though.

#11 mzta cody

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 20:59

Could you post a screenshot? I personally find the hardware accelerated DirectWrite method of font smoothing very good, sometimes better than ClearType, which is used everywhere else.


Here you go, IE9/Win7 left, IE10 Win8 right

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 07:34

That's partially correct.

RGB-based SPAA is still there in most areas of the desktop environment. It's totally gone in Metro though.


Considering he was asking about IE, by "Windows 8" and IE10, I meant Metro and in IE10. :rolleyes:

#13 Mr Nom Nom's

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 03:56

What driver version do you have install? The reason why I ask is because I don't have the same problem on my setup so I'm wondering whether it has something to do with the drivers themselves assuming that everything else is remained as the default settings. I have a NVidia GeForce GT 620 and I don't see the issues appearing so I'm wondering whether it is a mixture of hardware and driver version.

#14 Shane Nokes

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:28

Considering he was asking about IE, by "Windows 8" and IE10, I meant Metro and in IE10. :rolleyes:


Then that's what you should have said. :rolleyes:

#15 PC EliTiST

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 13:25

In short, this ugly font rendering affects the Metro UI, Metro style apps including IE and desktop IE. You can't do anything to fix it. This "fixed", terrible font-rendering is fully optimized for tablets and small new laptops. They completely ignored traditional PC users in general on Windows 8, it's well known.

Fortunately IE10 on Windows 7 will be better and you can apply all previous tricks to fix it, like Compatibility mode, HWA on/off or playing with Cleartype settings.

However, you just use Chrome and you're more than fine either on 8 or 7. As for the Metro apps, you delete all of them and you're done. You will only have to deal with this rendering on your normal shortcuts on Start-Screen.