How to fix pixelated and jagged images in Internet Explorer 8

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How to fix pixelated and jagged images in Internet Explorer 8
Make a simple tweak to Internet Explorer 8 to improve image rendering. (Getty Thinkstock)

The Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) browser was superseded by the launch of IE9 in 2011, and IE9 was in turn superseded by IE10 in 2012. One way of potentially improving the way your browser renders pictures and graphics is to upgrade it to the latest version of Internet Explorer. Microsoft provides free upgrades at its website. However, this is not the answer for everyone. Some people are happy with IE8 and reluctant to spend time learning the differences between IE10 and IE8. If you want to stick with IE8, there is a simple tweak you can make that can improve the way images appear.

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  1. 1

    Launch IE8 and click the "Tools" button. You will find this near the top right-hand of the browser page, next to the help button ("?").

  2. 2

    Select "Internet Options" from the drop-down menu that appears, then choose the "Advanced" tab in the next window.

  3. 3

    Locate the "Multimedia" heading on the "Advanced" page. Under this heading, you'll see "Smart image dithering." Click in the box next to it to enable the function.

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