It's 9:00 am, you sit down at the computer, open AutoCAD 2005, take a sip of coffee, and put on your glasses. You then open the DWG file you were working on yesterday and double click a piece of MTEXT to edit a mistake and then it happens. The MTEXT editor looks weird, the font is almost invisible. You check to see if you have your glasses on, you do! Is my prescription too old? Has someone poisoned your coffee which is making you go blind? No, it MS Windows XP messing things up again!
Windows XP has a feature that will smooth out the appearance of the text on your screen. This is a great feature when using Word, Excel, Internet Explorer..etc. but it does the opposite in AutoCAD. This feature actually make the text seem very light in colour or almost invisible.
There is a quick solution to the problem:
- Close AutoCAD.
- Right-click on the desktop and choose PROPERTIES.
- In the Display Properties Dialogue box pick the Appearance Tab.
- Click on the EFFECTS button on the bottom.
- In the Effects Dialogue box remove the check-mark beside "Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts"
- Press OK, then Apply and OK again.
- Restart AutoCAD.