I've upgraded to Windows 7 from Windows XP. Now the font size in putty ist extremely ambiguous: Fonts smaller than 9pt are clear typed unreadable, with 9pt the fonts are too big for my usecase, especially the line breaks.

How can I adjust/optize the font rendering?

  • What about the Terminal font with 6pt or 9pt?
    – speakr
    Jun 25, 2012 at 11:13
  • Yes, Terminal renders quite okay. Thanks!
    – d135-1r43
    Jun 25, 2012 at 12:15

2 Answers 2


The Terminal font provides decent readability at 6pt or 9pt since it ignores ClearType (raster font). Other examples are Fixedsys or Courier (but not Courier New).

Also, have a look on Consolas: This ClearType font is quite readable even at 8pt.


Depending on your remote system, you might want to use a font like DejaVu Sans Mono, and also set your encoding to UTF-8. It makes using more customised terminals easier to use (e.g. Oh-my-zsh themes almost all use UTF-8 characters in the prompt)

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