I was installing an LCD monitor on a Windows XP PC and the user thought the native resolution of 1650×1080 was too small so I ended up lowering it to 1280×800.  The text was jagged and horrible: very hard on the eyes.  Enabling ClearType fixed it immediately.

ClearType is a Windows function that allows clear and clean type when using an LCD monitor.  It’s a function of Windows Vista and Windows 7 but is an add-on for Windows XP.   It’s a must have feature if you have an LCD monitor: the difference is night and day.

It’s very easy to implement: go to http://www.microsoft.com/typography/ClearType/Tuner/Step1.aspx, click “Turn on ClearType” and then follow the instructions.  It’s that easy!