Poor font rendering in Windows 8 (blurry text)

Apparently there is a huge problem with font rendering in Windows 8. Text appears very blurry. Programs affected by the new rendering are: Internet Explorer 10, the modern interface (start screen), Office 2013 and other 3rd party applications that rely on this rendering technology. There is no way to fix this problem, unless Microsoft recognizes it.

 

I 've gathered links bellow that refer to the same problem to highlight its importance and display the number of users that are affected:

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-performance/windows-8-blurryfuzzy-text-and-icons-on-menu-not/ef8945ff-9920-47b2-b4ec-db1c5fbab7de

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie10-windows_8/windows-8-fonts-in-metro-ui-and-ie-10-blurry/3c29c415-54fd-44c8-b290-1c01dd05beaf

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie10-windows_8/font-are-blurry-in-internet-explorer-10-windows-8/95fba606-5f45-43fa-bd96-413f6d9d9ad6

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie10-windows_8/after-upgrading-to-windows-8-pro-my-fonts-in/210e46c9-4d16-4de7-8b59-2a1b0a7c738a

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie10-windows_8/internet-explorer-10-windows-8-font-rendering-blur/f3b33400-bb95-450c-9587-68adbf298a2f

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_cp-winapps/blurry-text-windows-8/576183c0-e5e2-4916-8283-0a193d633018

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-hardware/blurry-text-problem/d07ac513-de07-49d9-8718-7fbb6d07b634

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie10-windows_8/windows-8-browsers-font-rendering-issue-blocky/86139808-9c3f-48d9-bfa8-61afebd5761c

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie10_cp-windows_cp/windows-8-preview-release-blurry-font-rendering/668f454e-012f-498f-a086-b550a96d47e1

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-performance/horrible-windows-8-font-rendering/cc263629-f4c8-4653-af36-435f4e6b7d38

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_other-desktop/will-windows-8-have-better-fonts-or-at-least/ad35ce7b-45a9-44b4-83d9-aae34df8dd97

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-performance/fonts-are-suddenly-ugly-why/ba024dcc-c143-4ede-8f04-27930527c5be

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie10_cp-windows_cp/installation-of-windows-8-cp-causes-blurred-fonts/75352b20-cb08-4312-b7f3-6c38bb5f5f0a

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-desktop/monitor-fonts-windows-8-fuzzy-and-no-longer-crisp/052e7a57-79a7-49c5-93dc-bffb01969cbd

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie9-windows_vista/some-fonts-are-fuzzy-and-thicker-in-ie9-in/47f1846f-7817-464b-8121-d1ca02dbb71d

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-performance/blurry-text-in-windows-8/ed053d17-b525-4e09-bdbc-de91114d975c

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-performance/windows-8-has-made-my-text-blurry/7e9977e0-335f-4e8b-b321-eb2d156f36c1

 

Microsoft MSDN/TECHNET

 

http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winappsuidesign/thread/4ddc57e1-de74-4044-940e-76e35a3e76b9

 

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-ZA/w8itprogeneral/thread/034ef255-40d5-41d5-9c58-841868326832

 

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/br/w8itprogeneral/thread/831ee84b-95a1-437a-b051-b7d51e13ba0f

 

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w8itprogeneral/thread/d9c1ce96-58aa-401f-a5f4-1c62660077ca

 

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/W8ITProPreRel/thread/409d4e85-1124-4e1c-9cc0-3b2acfd519dd

 

External forums:

 

http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/1120890-internet-explorer-10-fonts-fuzzy-in-windows-8/

 

http://www.eightforums.com/browsers-mail/5432-blurry-text-ie10-desktop.html

 

http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f56/blurry-website-fonts-in-ie10-675564.html

 

http://www.techplex.net/postst78315_Text-in-Internet-Explorer-10-and-Metro-UI-is-blurry.aspx

 

http://superuser.com/questions/506192/disable-cleartype-blurry-fonts-in-internet-explorer-10-on-windows-7

 

http://bugsort.com/computer-users/computer-unclear-type-in-internet-explorer-on-windows-8/?PHPSESSID=10368ff87086c902a678043f63e39762

 

and there are lots of more...

 

 

 

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I don't get it.

  1. My DPI is on high so I'm not getting a blur
  2. I have 24" screen with the res at 1920 x 1200 so everything looks different for me.
  3. I'm using mni-HDMI so most of that gets smoothed out anyway
  4. I don't have 20/20 so again everything looks different to me.
I saw this peoples pics and I had to magnify them to 500% to notice a blur

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It seems this issue does not affect all users. I'm not sure which systems are affected and which not. It would be interesting to find out. My family has three PCs, two desktops and a laptop, all of them running Windows 8 with the latest updates. And all of the three PCs have the same font rendering problem on IE10. Maybe it's because they are connected with analog cables (VGA) to their monitors, maybe it's because they don't have state-of-the-art graphics cards which do not support DirectX 11. Whatever the reason may be, a lot of people are reporting the same problem so it's a real one!

 

The bigger the letters, the problem seems to vanish. So high DPI settings will make it less noticeable. My DPI setting is on default (smaller-100%).

 

The problem appears on specific "areas". Internet Explorer menus and the address bar appear perfectly sharp while some webpages awfully blur. The difference between Google Chrome and IE is also very big: sharp and smooth fonts on the first browser, blurry and fuzzy on the last (for the same webpages).

 

The cause of the mess is also known, it has to do with the new rendering technology that replaces the old classic Clear type which is pushed away because it's not compatible with tablets. See here for more details about the rendering methods. In any case, users with older hardware should be able to enjoy a smooth experience with their new OS without such kind of problems. Since Microsoft is selling its operating system as compatible with our PCs they must find soon a solution to the problem.

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I have up-to-date PC gear with a new 2560x1440 monitor and the font rendering problem still persists in Windows 8.  On the same machine, Windows 7 and Office 2010 are perfectly clear. 

 

It makes no difference to the font rendering if I swap from DVI to Display Port.

 

I am currently using an ATI HD7770 graphics card which supports DirectX 11. Using the latest AMD Catalyst 13.1 drivers.

 

I have messed about with Windows 8 since it was in beta on an older machine and had exactly the same problem from day 1.

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Ok, so the problem also affects users with recent hardware. Now I'm really curious: when I have the time I'll go to a store and check one by one laptops, tablets and desktops to see if Internet Explorer has the same font displaying behavior!

 

You could try, since you have ATI, to turn off morphological filtering under 3D settings to see if it works (I've read that in another forum). I've got NVidia and none of the settings make any difference.

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I have NVidia too but i'm using my hdmi

ok here is my desktop like I said u might be right and it just doesn't bother me.

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We are not talking about the desktop. Your desktop's fine! ... or , well, a little bit messy ;)

 

The problem appears mostly in Internet Explorer 10! Go for example to www.facebook.com or http://www.latimes.com/ using on the one side Internet Explorer 10 and on the other Google Chrome. Notice the difference. If there isn't any, maybe this problem appears on some machines with specific configuration. If you do see the difference, you will understand that the smaller the letters, the blurriness makes them even harder to read. For example, facebook chat is almost unusable.

 

To see my point of view of the issue, download this image (don't just view on browser). Click on "actual size" to see it in the original scale and compare fonts between IE10 and Chrome.

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ok here is my facebook with IE and chrome. IE actually has better font.

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Actually yes! It appears IE performs a lot better than Chrome on your system. But you've also selected a higher DPI setting or you have zoomed to 125% in IE. I tried that too and it made the problem less notable (but I don't want large letters). It's weird that Chrome appears so blurry on your PC, but not exactly in the way IE appears blurry on mine (see the image I posted previously).

 

Can you tell us more about your configuration? Which graphics card do you have? Can you repeat posting an image comparing Chrome and IE using the default zoom and DPI settings (100%). Thanks for your time!

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ugh everything looks awful at 100% DPI.

I figured out the problem. With the screen resolution so big and having it at the default DPI (which is meant for 15 inch screens with low resolutions) its basically at a magnification. Just to be clear, since my resolution is at 1920 x 1200 and I set it at 100% DPI the computer is going to group an image in small amounts of pixels to form the picture requested where if I was at 150% DPI it would grab on to more pixels to form that same picture. Say you had a resolution of 800 x 600, this would give you 480,000 pixels on ur screen while at 1920 x 1200 there are 2,304,000 pixels to grab onto. This gives you an idea of what I mean, scroll down to pixel resolution.

Its like in photoshop, if an image can grab more pixels it can become sharper, crisp and even smooth in some areas.



If you don't want ur font so big just use the "Change only Text Size".

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The default DPI is 100% (named "smaller" in the control panel). You are supposed to keep that setting (100%), unless you want to enlarge objects and text on screen, therefore select a higher one (125% or 150% or custom). You could also enlarge objects and text on screen by lowering the resolution through screen settings, but this is completely wrong as it would cause blurriness or the "pixeling" effect (same thing as zooming in a picture more than its original resolution).


I have a 1920x1080 monitor and DPI set to 100%. The image you just posted is excellent (sharp) with Chrome, blurry or fuzzy with Internet Explorer (same behavior with my PC). It is not awful everywhere, unless you personally dislike smaller letters or your eyes get tired easily. 

 

Maybe you are a little bit confused with the DPI settings, unless I misunderstood what you were trying to explain above. See this image I made, it may clear things up. Thanks again!

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