Configure Font Smoothing for Remote Sessions

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 supports ClearType®, which is a technology for displaying computer fonts so that they appear clear and smooth, especially when you are using an LCD monitor.

A Windows Server 2008 terminal server can provide ClearType functionality in a remote session when a client computer connects to the Windows Server 2008 terminal server by using Remote Desktop Connection.


ClearType functionality is referred to as font smoothing in Remote Desktop Connection.

Font smoothing is available if the client computer is running any of the following:

  • Windows Vista

  • Windows Server 2003 with SP1 and at least Remote Desktop Connection 6.0

  • Windows XP with SP2 and at least Remote Desktop Connection 6.0


Using font smoothing in a remote session will increase the amount of bandwidth used between the client computer and the Windows Server 2008 terminal server.

To make font smoothing available for a remote session, follow this procedure on the client computer.

To make font smoothing available in a remote session

  1. Open Remote Desktop Connection. To open Remote Desktop Connection on Windows Vista, click Start, point to All Programs, click Accessories, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.

  2. In the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box, click Options.

  3. On the Experience tab, select the Font smoothing check box.

  4. Configure any remaining connection settings, and then click Connect.

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