Are any of the common Windows fonts more legible than others at small sizes, such as 6pt?

I know that there are some free fonts (such as PT Sans) that have decent caption styles, but I'm looking specifically for common system fonts.


Related question: Are there ways to make a font more legible at smaller sizes?

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Verdana is a typeface that has sacrificed a lot (a lot in my humble opinion) of style to just be legible.

  • The lowercase letters are high when compared to the capitals ('it has a large x-height' in typographer's terms);
  • The counters are large;
  • It's a sans serif;
  • There are virtually no details that have been rendered subtle or small.

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