Text Sharp

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

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by Voukras | October 14 2016

Saves my eyes. I love this add-on. I hate Cleartype, I hate how Windows 7 deals with anti-aliasing. Having grayscale as an option is a life safer.

by hkmix | September 15 2016

Auto rendering with auto-hinting allows a much smoother font more akin to the default *NIX Freetype2 and OS X font rendering engine. Helps relieve eye strain and make fonts look more consistent across OSes.

by RazorPx | December 22 2015

I love it! 5 stars

by d rizzle | November 18 2015


I was about to go BLIND with VS 2015's default C++ editor settings

THANKS AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!

by wmjordan | August 18 2015

Five stars!

BTW, is it possible to install it on SQL Server Management Studio as well?

Sergey Vlasov August 18 2015
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Unfortunately, SSMS doesn't support .vsix extensions.

by stmarti1 | August 13 2015

Works perfectly. I need clear type on at OS level for testing, and with this extension I can use 8pt verdana without any font smoothing for the code editor.

by zloidooraque | April 20 2015

recovered password just to tell how cool it is someone made this extension
one thing that will improve it: get all fixed width fonts and render them with different setting. but that will be too much. it is cool as it is anyway

by Siegrain | April 15 2015

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 George Chakhidze | 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

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  • SQL Server Management Studio 2016
    2 Posts | Last post July 27, 2016
    • Would it be possible to support SQL Server Management Studio 2016?  This newest version is capable of loading VSIX extensions.
      I was able to install the extension by hand-editing the vsixmanifest file with the following, but there must be other issues that would need to be worked out to get it working correctly.
      <IsolatedShell Version="13.0">ssms</IsolatedShell>
      Really enjoy the extension and wish I could use it in more places.
    • Dustin,
      SSMS 2016 indeed supports VSIX extensions, but currently has a small white list of allowed extensions that obviously doesn't include Text Sharp.
      The SSMS team plans to allow any 3rd party extension and when they release it I'll try to add SSMS support for Text Sharp.
  • PropertyWindow
    2 Posts | Last post May 26, 2016
    • Visual Studio 2013 Pro SP5
      I would like the support for PropertyWindow.
      example: WPF PropertyWindow
    • Text Sharp sets text rendering mode for the main VS window and it should normally propagate to tool windows (see for example Solution Explorer or Team Explorer). But when a tool window uses its own style, I can't override it.
  • Gamma setting for font
    2 Posts | Last post April 04, 2016
    • Hi,
      When text formatting is set to "Ideal", fonts on a dark background are excessively hinted and end up looking like a very bold version. I don't know if you are familiar with the renderoptions of vim for windows, basically you can configure rendering parameters like pixel alignment, hinting mode, contrast and *gamma*. This gamma has an opposite effect on white vs dark backgrounds: on light background, low gamma means thick bolded hinting, on dark background it's exactly the opposite. Maybe this can be configured in your extension to make the text clearer on dark backgrounds by lowering the gamma (or adding it as a parameter for the user?).
      Thanks for the great work. 
    • I'm unfortunately not aware of any gamma settings for text rendering in WPF (which is used by VS shell).
  • Can you disable blurry Consolas in the debug windows?
    3 Posts | Last post November 01, 2015
    • Hi I've used your extension for a little longer now in Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Pro and I've noticed that debug windows like Memory, Disassembly and Registers have blurry Consolas, I assume because text sharp doesn't apply preferences to those windows. I have a feature request, can you apply your sharpness preferences to those windows? Thanks for your consideration.
    • Thank you for the feedback. I'll try to add support for Tool windows.
    • Turns out text in Memory, Disassembly and Registers windows is controlled by a text view. I've changed PredefinedTextViewRoles for my IWpfTextViewCreationListener from Document to Interactive and now Text Sharp seems to work for these windows too in VS 2010 (fails even for normal document editing in VS 2015). You can try v2.0.1 here https://vlasovstudio.com/text-sharp/TextSharp_20_1.vsix
  • Can you disable line number aliasing?
    4 Posts | Last post November 01, 2015
    • I'm using Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Pro with Text Sharp 2.0. I installed your tool to use the Consolas font without it appearing blurry. It works with the default settings to fix that, thank you. The line number column doesn't look clear though. Is it possible to turn it off for that as well?
    • Thank you for the feedback. I'll investigate if I can apply settings to line numbers.
    • Hi again, I've actually been using it for a while now and I've gotten used to it. I did not receive notification of your reply so if you reply again I don't think I will see it unless I happen to return to this page. Keep up the good work, thanks for your extension.
    • I've tried, but couldn't find a reliable way to change font settings for line numbers.
  • Cannot see the menu in the Tools -> Options
    2 Posts | Last post July 14, 2015
    • Hi,
      I have installed the extension however I cannot see the menu options in the Tools -> Options -> Textsharp. I have Visual Studio 2013 Premium version.
      Any tricks?
    • No tricks :) Is Text Sharp enabled in Extensions and Updates?
  • 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).
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