PuTTY is a really useful terminal emulator and ssh client for Windows but I'm not a huge fan of it's default appearance. For years (15 or so...) I've had a preferred configuration for my xterm sessions on Unix using the 9x15 font with an 'Ivory' coloured background. Here's my notes on how to get the same look under Windows with PuTTY.
1) Download the 9x15 font to Desktop
2) Install 9x15 font by double clicking and selecting 'Install'
3) Run PuTTY
4) Set Connection -> Seconds between keepalives = 60 (to avoid firewall timeouts)
5) Set Window -> Appearance -> Font = 9x15-ISO8859-1, 11 point
6) Set Window -> Translation -> Handling of line drawing characters = Font has XWindows Encoding
7) Uncheck "Bolded text is a different colour" in Window -> Colours
8) Set following Colours in Window -> Colours (Colour = Red, Green, Blue)
- Default Foreground = 0, 0, 0
- Default Bold Foreground = 0, 0, 0
- Default Background = 255, 255, 240
- Default Bold Background = 255, 255, 240
- Cursor Text = 255, 255, 240
- Cursor Colour = 0, 0, 0
9) Save as "Default Settings" profile in Session
All profiles created after this will include these settings.
Credit goes to Andrés Kievsky of http://www.ank.com.ar/fonts/ for making this font (and others) available in a usable form.