Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Operating System

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Operating System

Article excerpt

Q. I hear there's a way to get my screen images, especially text, to appear sharper. How can I do that?

A. If your computer runs on the XP operating system, you can evoke what Microsoft calls ClearType--a technology for sharpening the slightly fuzzy edges of letters and graphics by improving the screen's pixel appearance. Pixels are the tiny, illuminated spots that make up an image. I can't say I understand how the sharpening is done, but I don't really care because I like the result, it's a cinch to implement and understanding the technology won't improve the outcome. To be fair, I should add that not everyone agrees the technique improves text sharpness, especially on laptops. I've also heard some desktop users claim that after a day of viewing Clear Type-adjusted screens they have a headache. But since it's easy to install and ever easier to uninstall, it's worth a try.

To set it up, go to http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/ pro/using/howto/customize/cleartype/tuner/default.asp (just typing in that address alone should give you a headache) and follow the instructions for selecting whichever of the six text appearances looks the sharpest; clicking on an image triggers your XP operating system to evoke that specific ClearType adjustment. …

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