Can You Spot the Difference Between these two Cover Shots?

Without Antialisasing Enabled...

If so, then you understand the benefits of Antialiasing an image. The cover shot on the left was produced on a machine without Antialisasing enabled. As a result the edges appear rough and jagged.

With Antialisasing Enabled...

The image on the right was produced on a machine with Antialisasing enabled in the graphics section of Windows Display settings. This smooths out the jagged edges producing much better image quality.


Antialisasing is Enabled in different ways on different graphics cards.

Since Antialisasing can be enabled in the graphic driver settings, the exact method depends on the type of graphics card or chip installed on your system. If you're not sure what sort of graphics card you have, then there's a simple way to find out.

How to find out what graphics card or chip you have in your system:

Click Start, then select Run from the start menu. The Run dialog will appear. Type "dxdiag" without the quotes, then click the OK button:

The DirectX Diagnostic Tool will appear.


Click on the Display tab at the top. In the Device section of the Display page you'll find full details of the Name, Manufacturer, Chip Type and Graphics memory.

Now you know what sort of graphics chip you have in your system, you can find out how to enable Antialiasing. Instructions are provided for the two most popular types of cards below. If you don't have an NVIDA or ATI card, then you can used a search engine to find information on how to enable Antialiasing on your specific card. We recommend using Google:

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Enabling Antialiasing on ATI Radeon Series Cards

The following steps should be valid for all ATI Radeon cards.  These steps are, however, taken from a Radeon 9800 Pro so some steps may vary between cards or driver releases:

  1. Right click on the Windows desktop and choose PROPERTIES.

  2. Choose the SETTINGS tab and click on the ADVANCED… button.

  3. Click on the OPENGL tab.

  4. Look for “Anti-Aliasing” and uncheck the box next to “Application Preference”.

  5. Set the slider for the desired amount of antialising (2x, 4x, 6x). 2x should be sufficient.

  6. Click APPLY and then OK to close the advanced properties.

  7. Click OK to close the display properties.

Enabling Antialiasing on Nvidia Geforce Series Cards

The following steps should be valid for all NVIDIA GeForce cards.  These steps are, however, taken from a GeForce FX 5600 Ultra so some steps may vary between cards or driver releases:

  1. Rick click on the Windows desktop and choose PROPERTIES.

  2. Choose the SETTINGS tab and click on the ADVANCED... button.

  3. Click on the GeForce tab.

  4. Click on the PERFORMANCE AND QUALITY SETTINGS tab on the left side of the window.

  5. Move the slider for IMAGE SETTINGS to the far right.

  6. Select 4 x for antialiasing.

  7. Enable Texture Sharpening.