Font smoothing improves the font's display resolution on the screen. In this article, learn how to configure font smoothing in Windows 10.

By default, Windows 10 comes with font smoothing enabled. According to Microsoft, they use ClearType antialiasing method for font smoothing because it improves font display resolution over traditional antialiasing.

You can see font smoothing is enabled, as shown in below screenshot:

How To Configure Font Smoothing In Windows 10

In case if you’ve a special requirement to manage or configure font smoothing, this article will show you how to enable/disable font smoothing.

How To Configure Font Smoothing In Windows 10

Method 1 – Enable/Disable Font Smoothing Via System Properties

1. Press W8K + R and type SYSDM.CPL in Run. Click OK or press Enter key.

System Properties Windows 10

2. In System Properties window, on Advanced tab, click Settings button under Performance heading.

How To Configure Font Smoothing In Windows 10

3. Next, in Performance Options window, on Visual Effects tab, select Custom. Then uncheck Smooth edges of screen font to disable font smoothing in Windows 10. Or check same option to let font smoothing enabled, which is default setting as well. Click Apply, OK.

How To Configure Font Smoothing In Windows 10

Your configured setting will applied immediately, so there is no need to restart the machine.

Method 2 – Enable/Disable Font Smoothing Via Registry

Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.

1. Press W8K + R and type regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

Windows 10 Registry Editor

2. In left pane of Registry Editor window, navigate to following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

How To Configure Font Smoothing In Windows 10

3. Now in the right pane of Desktop registry key, look for the registry string (REG_SZ) named FontSmoothing. It must be having its Value set to 2 by default, which means font smoothing is enabled. Double click on the string to modify its Value data:

How To Configure Font Smoothing In Windows 10

4. Set the Value data to 0 to disable font smoothing. Click OK. Similarly, double click on FontSmoothingType registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) and set its Value data to 1, again, to disable font smoothing. Click OK and close Registry Editor.

How To Configure Font Smoothing In Windows 10

Restart your system to make changes effective. After reboot, you’ll see font smoothing is disabled.

How To Configure Font Smoothing In Windows 10

To enable font smoothing later, simply check Smooth edges of screen font option as shown in Method 1.

That’s it!

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