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How to: disable ClearType for 2007 Office System

There have been complaints about Internet Explorer 7 not respecting the system setting for font smoothing. I have noticed that the 2007 Office System ignores this setting as well. With other words when you start Word 2007 you will notice that ClearType is enabled regardless whether or not you have enabled ClearType in Windows.

Using Process Monitor from Microsoft/Sysinternals I was able to determine which registry value could be set to make sure whether or not Office should look at the system setting for font smoothing and here is how to use the system setting for font smoothing:

  1. Start -> Run -> RegEdit
  2. Navigate to the following key:
  3. Add a new DWORD value named “RespectSystemFontSmooth”
  4. Set the value to 1
  5. Close RegEdit

That’s it. Now when you set the font smoothing to standard you will notice that it will be set to standard in Word 2007 as well.

This article is part of the GWB Archives. Original Author: Gabriel Lozano-Morán

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