Blurry text editor font and raster font preference not used - by Barry.Kelly

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ID 456163 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Bug Repros 12
Opened 5/22/2009 5:31:22 AM
Access Restriction Public


The text in the code editor for VS 2010 Beta 1 is uncomfortably blurry, and doesn't use the user's preferred font if that font is a raster font.
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Posted by Lawrence Contreras on 12/28/2009 at 2:50 AM
Running the cleartype tune application doesn't solve it for me. The problem is that there's no difference with the regular font and the bold font and it's blurry.
Posted by mgoetzke on 6/2/2009 at 11:10 AM
I also had this at first but after rerunning the cleartype tuner in windows 7 and really choosing the best ones i have to say the difference is night / day... the text is really sharp now and absolutely perfect to read. before it was so fuzzy i could not stand looking at it for more than a few minutes...

So if they improve it great, but running the clear type tuner really solved this for me...
Posted by Microsoft on 6/1/2009 at 4:29 PM
Hi Barry,

Thank you for reporting this issue. Because the new VS 2010 Editor is based on WPF, its font rendering has different advantages and limitations than the editor in previous versions. WPF supports only TrueType vector-based fonts, so selecting a bitmap font like Dina will cause the editor to revert to the default font, i.e. Consolas. Some of the fonts in the Beta1 list in Tools->Options->Environment->Fonts and Colors are not TrueType fonts and will also not work, as noted in the community discussion, and we have now removed these fonts from the list for future versions of VS 2010.

I'm resolving this bug as External because it is caused by WPF's requirements for fonts, which are outside of the editor team's control. We are, however, working with the WPF team to make significant improvements to the Editor's font rendering for the final version of VS 2010, which should reduce the blurriness you're seeing. In the meantime, it may help to run the ClearType tuning tool, available here: This tool can improve font clarity in the VS Editor and other applications.

Thanks again for trying VS 2010 Beta1 and sending your feedback!

Brittany Behrens
Program Manager, VS Platform
Posted by Microsoft on 5/24/2009 at 7:40 PM
Thanks for your feedback.

We are escalating this issue to the appropriate group within the Visual Studio Product Team for triage and resolution. These specialized experts will follow-up with your issue.

Thank you,
Visual Studio Product Team
Posted by Avery Lee on 5/22/2009 at 9:08 PM
Fixedsys and Courier also don't work.