Updated: October 2008
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)
The UseCompatibleTextRendering property is intended to provide visual compatibility between Windows Forms controls that render text using the TextRenderer class and .NET Framework 1.0 and .NET Framework 1.1 applications that perform custom text rendering using the Graphics class. In most cases, if your application is not being upgraded from .NET Framework 1.0 or .NET Framework 1.1, it is recommended that you leave UseCompatibleTextRendering set to the default value of false.
The GDI based TextRenderer class was introduced in the .NET Framework 2.0 to improve performance, make text look better, and improve support for international fonts. In earlier versions of the .NET Framework, the GDI+ based Graphics class was used to perform all text rendering. GDI calculates character spacing and word wrapping differently from GDI+. In a Windows Forms application that uses the Graphics class to render text, this could cause the text for controls that use TextRenderer to appear different from the other text in the application. To resolve this incompatibility, you can set the UseCompatibleTextRendering property to true for a specific control. To set UseCompatibleTextRendering to true for all supported controls in the application, call the Application.SetCompatibleTextRenderingDefault method with a parameter of true.
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98
The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.