Text Sharp

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Visual Studio IDE text clarity tuner. An easy way to turn off ClearType.

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2013, 2012, 2010
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by Matt Hickford | July 22 2014

Exceedingly useful extension. Two thoughts:

1. When I first installed the extension, the font rendering immediately changed. It would be preferable if out the box, the extension didn't disturb anything.
2. It would be helpful to add text to the options menu to explain the difference between say 'display' and 'ideal'.

by _Nebur_ | May 26 2014

by OxFEEDDEADBEEF | October 09 2013

I love this extension. Especially after Ideal text formatting mode was added:

by bgoldsht | August 08 2013

Thanks. Really saves eyes. I agree, this extension/options must be part of VS by default.

by ealva | August 05 2013

Awesome extension. It's so simple and useful I'm wondering why Visual Studio does not have such option built-in. (No, I also don't buy that "because WPF" crap).

by mamdls | January 21 2013

at last readable visual studio, excellent work

by eurgbp | January 03 2013

doesn't work for me! cleartype will turn on again when i zoom in and out in the code editor!!!! i am using VS2012

Sergey Vlasov January 07 2013
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Aliased text looks terrible when scaled. So Text Sharp turns itself off when code editor scale is not 100%

by Ehsan Mohammadi | October 11 2011


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by Цыба | December 04 2010

by d.benson | November 08 2010

Thank you for saving the niche of raster font coders from hair pulling madness.

by VSBs | October 02 2010

by marked23 | August 11 2010

What I wanted was a way to turn off ClearType, but just in Visual Studio. I'm sticking to Courier New because that's what my eyes are used to.

by Daniel Zeiss | May 23 2010

Fixes - what is in my opinion - a bug: The hardcoded Cleartype of the Consolas font.

When working in a terminal the hardcoded Cleartype slows down the work dramatically. With this tool you can turn Cleartype off, so working in a terminal (with consolas font) is much faster...

by Donatas | January 13 2010

Superb! Almost exactly what I was looking for :)

It would be nice if it would be possible to change text rendering modes for just the code editor, menus and maybe some other parts independently.

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  • Supporting Expression Edition
    4 Posts | Last post January 30, 2015
    • Could you please modify the extension.vsixmanifest file to support the Visual Studio Express Edition?
      Changing the SupportedProducts element to the following lines will do:
            <VisualStudio Version="10.0">
            <VisualStudio Version="11.0">
            <VisualStudio Version="12.0">
    • Visual Studio Express unfortunately doesn't support any extensions. Express_All is valid only for "Controls" and "Templates".
    • Hi Sergey,
      I wrote that VS express doesn't support any extensions.
      I use VSExp2013 for Web and there I have installed these extensions: NuGet Package Manager, MS Web Developer Tools, ASP.Net MVC5 Scafolding
    • These are probably special Microsoft extensions. For full extensibility you can install Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition:
  • Does This Extension Affect The IDE Text Or Only The Text Being Edited?
    2 Posts | Last post August 12, 2014
    • Does this extension change the IDE text as well or only the text displayed in the editor? My text looks horrible even though I am running on a high-end monitor and graphics card.
    • Text Sharp adjusts text rendering mode for both the main IDE window (like title, menu, tool window titles) and text editors. You can enable and disable it separately from Text Sharp options.
  • traces after deinstalling?
    4 Posts | Last post May 27, 2014
    • I could not find any info on how the extension works. Does it manipulate any original persistent settings of VS or does it work 'live' by changing the wpf render parameters?
      Does it leave any traces that affect how vs renders fonts after deinstallation?
      Thanks in advance.
    • Text Sharp works 'live' and doesn't affect rendering after deinstallation.
    • Thank you for the fast answer. I really love the extension by the way and have no plans of removing it - Thanks for providing it! I can't stand cleartyped code but I asked because during testing it seemed that after deinstallation VS was not back to it's default rendering - of course that was must have been false perception. 
      Please allow another question:
      Where are the settings stored? It seems that when exporting the VS settings and importing on another machine TextSharp settings are not transferred as expected. Other than that - does it play nice with the new online settings synchronization of VS?
    • The settings are stored in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Sergey Vlasov\Text Sharp. They are not currently synchronized with VS local and online settings.
  • Selective Sharpening?
    3 Posts | Last post August 04, 2013
    • Would love to be able to selectively apply sharpening only on certain sections of Visual Studio (e.g. just the code editor).  Right now, enabling Text Sharp applies aliasing to the entire IDE.
      Otherwise, I love this extension.  Thank you!
    • Thank you for the great suggestion! I've added the ability to selectively sharpen only the main window or the code editor. Please, have a look at v1.5.
    • Awesome! Thank you for the update! (Sorry for the delayed reply).
  • Non-integer font size in VS2012
    2 Posts | Last post July 31, 2013
    • Editors such as Sublime text allows setting the font size to 10.5p, which in my opinion renders better than 10 (that's what Chrome uses to render fixed-width fonts by default).
      Is there a way to do that in VS 2012?
      BTW: I love Text-Sharp!
    • Unfortunately, the font size setting is an integer value internally in VS 2012 and I don't know how to override it.
  • Old look and feel
    2 Posts | Last post December 11, 2011
    • I'm looking for an alternative to visual studio 2010 wpf editor look. I Really like 2008 editor with gdi++ or gdipp (win7).
      This extension can do that? I believe lots of programmers would enjoy a feature like this.
    • Text Sharp can change text rendering in Visual Studio 2010 code editor. But by default both VS 2010 and VS 2008 render anti-aliased text on Windows 7, so maybe you can get closer to the VS 2008 look by choosing another font for the VS 2010 editor.
      See also http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2010/03/15/visual-studio-2010-text-clarity-cleartype-and-aliased-fonts.aspx