Font - Change Default in Windows 10

    Font - Change Default in Windows 10

    How to Change the Default Font in Windows 10
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    2016-10-25
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    How to Change the Default Font in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Windows 10 uses the Segoe UI font as the default system font. This font is used for icons, menus, title bar text, File Explorer, and more.

    If you would like to use a different font, then you are able to change this default font to any font you like.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the default system font in Windows 10 for all users.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to change the default font in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    Changing the font will have no effect on modern items like apps from the Store, Start menu, Action Center, or Settings.

    warning   Warning
    Be very careful which font you chose to use as a system font!

    Many font types do not support all characters needed for the operating system. When that happens, some things will become unintelligible. This happens, specially, when using downloaded custom fonts, not thought for use in an operating system's user interface, but just for publishing. An operating system needs additional characters, that a novel or blog doesn't.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Change Default System Font in Windows 10
    • Option Two: To Restore Default System Font in Windows 10


    EXAMPLE: Default vs "Arial Bold" font in Windows 10
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    Font - Change Default in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Font - Change Default in Windows 10
    To Change Default System Font in Windows 10

    1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below.

    Change_default_font_in_Windows_10.reg

    download

    2. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    3. Unblock the .reg file.

    4. Right click or press and hold on the .reg file, and click/tap on Edit to open it in Notepad.

    5. In Notepad, replace ENTER FONT NAME HERE at the bottom with the name of the font (ex: "Arial Bold") you want to have as the default font in Windows 10. (see screenshot below)

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    Note   Note
    To see your available fonts and their names:

    A) Open the C:\Windows\Font folder.

    B) You can click/tap on a font family (ex: "Arial") to open it and see the individual font names (ex: "Arial Bold") in the family.
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    6. Click/tap on File, and click/tap on Save to save the changes you made to the Change_default_font_in_Windows_10.reg file. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Double click/tap on the modified Change_default_font_in_Windows_10.reg file to merge it.

    8. When prompted, click/tap on Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    9. Restart the computer to fully apply.






    Font - Change Default in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Font - Change Default in Windows 10
    To Restore Default System Font in Windows 10

    1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below.

    Restore_default_font_in_Windows_10.reg

    download

    2. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    3. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    4. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    5. Restart the computer to fully apply.

    6. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Join Date : Oct 2014
    Arnold, MD
    Posts : 16,412
    Triple Boot 10 Pro & 10 Insider Pro & 8.1 Pro
       2016-10-26 #1

    Good one Shawn! Been doing something similar for a long while...tired old eyes!

    Suggestion... you may want to mention this has virtually no effect on Modern Apps and the Start Menu and Action Center/Settings, etc. For lack of a better term, it's just for "Win XP/7/8 type older UI's", like Control Panel and what you already mentioned. Might avoid post-back's of "this doesn't work".

    Also, in addition to Cliff's warning about rogue fonts, any app that is optioned in to use the system fonts will be affected. I.E. - Firefox, Google and others.

    TC
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  2. Join Date : Nov 2016
    Posts : 1
    w10a
       4 Weeks Ago #2

    Hi,
    w10 anniversary is a true mess for fonts !
    Windows 10 keeps "breaking" things badly and it's quite impossible to keep things steady either in Segoe UI or in Arial and even Tahoma (often preferred to Segoe by many people).
    So don't expect too much from the changes indicated above.
    Wandering through the registry, around Fonts and Font Substitute keys I noticed several folders containing fonts settings.
    Most interestingly, I also noticed, "Tahoma" written like this : "Tahoma, TTF, 10"
    So I changed the Substitute for MS shell dlg + Ms Shell dlg 2 to Tahoma, TTF, 10.
    I did this because W10 seems to fall back regularly for some items (ribbon, and some menus) to those 2 "shitty" fonts that no one can read because too small. And so do software which use "MS" system fonts ..
    So far, it looks like, "my" changes are staying and fonts for some "shell" fall back use now Tahoma in 10 pts instead of 8.

    This is given for info. And the interesting thing is really substitution with "xxx, TTF, 10", or 8 or 12, 14 ...
    If you don't know what you do, don't try anything and don't complain to me. You better ask Microsoft to make a system working and designed for laptops and desktops rather than tablets and smart phones and kids !
    ;-)
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 


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