Text hard to read in the Civil 3D text component editor?

A common problem we see in Civil 3D is hard to read text in the Text Component Editor, as shown here.
Civil 3D Text Editor looking bad

This can be caused by a feature in Windows called ClearText. Here is how to change that setting in Windows 7.

Note that in some cases, turning OFF ClearText will result in problems with text in other applications, so please test it both ways to determine the best setting for you.

  • Go to the Control Panel, open the Display applet.

Windows 7 Control Panel

  • On the left side, pick Adjust ClearType text.

Adjust ClearType

  • On the next screen follow these instructions.

Turn off ClearType

  • When you finish, go back to Civil 3D and the text in the Text Component Editor should look better, like this….

Civil 3D Text Edit Dialog Looking Good!

After you have tried both settings, which way did you end up using?