Determine Current Font


  1. Posts : 289
    Win10
       #1

    Determine Current Font


    How do I tell my current font in Windows 10?

    I see all kinds of tutorials on changing fonts, increasing and decreasing fonts, but how do I tell which font I'm currently using?

    The reason I ask, my profile looks nice, crisp and clear but my daughters profile on the same computer is hard to read and has black shadows behind the letters. I would like to make her profile like mine but I have no idea which font I'm using and fear changing mine so it doesn't end up like hers.

    Windows 10 version 20H2 build 19042.804
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  2. Posts : 17,647
    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1706 (x64) [21H2]
       #2

    Soapm said:
    How do I tell my current font in Windows 10?

    I see all kinds of tutorials on changing fonts, increasing and decreasing fonts, but how do I tell which font I'm currently using?

    The reason I ask, my profile looks nice, crisp and clear but my daughters profile on the same computer is hard to read and has black shadows behind the letters. I would like to make her profile like mine but I have no idea which font I'm using and fear changing mine so it doesn't end up like hers.

    Windows 10 version 20H2 build 19042.804


    I believe the generic font is Segoe UI.
    Many programs allow you to change fonts, and for those, it will tell you what font it's currently set for.
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  3. Posts : 12,421
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #3

    Might right-click the Desktop, click Personalize, go to Fonts, check same on both views. There's a lot of Fonts and have names. Might also run Clear Type, pick one you like.
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  4. Posts : 17,647
    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1706 (x64) [21H2]
       #4

    To reset your changes and use the original default font on your PC, you just need to create another Registry hack and enter some code in it (The code is given below.). Then, just make a few clicks, and you’re back to the default Windows font.

    To do this, open the “Start” menu, search for “Notepad,” then click the app in the results.

    Copy the following text and paste it into your new Notepad document. You don’t need to make any changes to this text.



    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts]
    "Segoe UI (TrueType)"="segoeui.ttf"
    "Segoe UI Black (TrueType)"="seguibl.ttf"
    "Segoe UI Black Italic (TrueType)"="seguibli.ttf"
    "Segoe UI Bold (TrueType)"="segoeuib.ttf"
    "Segoe UI Bold Italic (TrueType)"="segoeuiz.ttf"
    "Segoe UI Emoji (TrueType)"="seguiemj.ttf"
    "Segoe UI Historic (TrueType)"="seguihis.ttf"
    "Segoe UI Italic (TrueType)"="segoeuii.ttf"
    "Segoe UI Light (TrueType)"="segoeuil.ttf"
    "Segoe UI Light Italic (TrueType)"="seguili.ttf"
    "Segoe UI Semibold (TrueType)"="seguisb.ttf"
    "Segoe UI Semibold Italic (TrueType)"="seguisbi.ttf"
    "Segoe UI Semilight (TrueType)"="segoeuisl.ttf"
    "Segoe UI Semilight Italic (TrueType)"="seguisli.ttf"
    "Segoe UI Symbol (TrueType)"="seguisym.ttf"
    "Segoe MDL2 Assets (TrueType)"="segmdl2.ttf"
    "Segoe Print (TrueType)"="segoepr.ttf"
    "Segoe Print Bold (TrueType)"="segoeprb.ttf"
    "Segoe Script (TrueType)"="segoesc.ttf"
    "Segoe Script Bold (TrueType)"="segoescb.ttf"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes]

    "Segoe UI"=-
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  5. Posts : 289
    Win10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    I saw the thread on the registry edits to change the font? And downloaded the one to put it back to default.

    I also know about the clear type script, but they all look readable to me and again, at the end, how do I know which font I just made my default? I also noticed if I uncheck the clear type box, the black shading goes away.

    However, if you look at the picture Berton posted, how do I know if she went there and picked one of those fonts (instead of through a registry edit which I know she doesn't know how to do or have that level of access)? And if so, how can I tell which one they chose because it looks crappy and I want to uninstall it to make sure it isn't chosen again?

    It just seems there should be a check box, highlight or some place I can look and definitively tell which font is currently in use? That way I can use my same font in her profile and her letters should be clear like mine.
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  6. Posts : 1,244
    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H2 (Build: 19044.1415)
       #6

    Soapm said:
    I see all kinds of tutorials on changing fonts, increasing and decreasing fonts, but how do I tell which font I'm currently using?
    Does this answer your question?

    Code:
    (Get-ItemProperty -LiteralPath "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontMapper\FamilyDefaults").'(Default)'
    1. Right click on Windows button and select "Windows PowerShell"
    2. Copy\paste code and hit enter

    You can test by changing font.

    Command sample output:
    Arial
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  7. Posts : 289
    Win10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Cool, I get Ariel also,..

    THANKS!!!
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  8. Posts : 1,244
    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H2 (Build: 19044.1415)
       #8

    Don't thank me too early, because it may not work for custom specified font

    Custom fonts (ex. not system wide) may be stored into HKCU.
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  9. Posts : 289
    Win10
    Thread Starter
       #9

    In case anyone is interested, looks like the problem isn't the font. The problem seems to be this shadow setting.

    Add or Remove Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on Desktop in Windows

    How to Remove Shadow Under Icon Text on Windows 10 Desktop | Password Recovery

    Why Microsoft would have a default setting that looks so bad I don't know, but I fixed the other profiles and they look much better now. I also had to change the background from a picture to a solid color, then log out and back in to get it to clear up.
    Last edited by Brink; 31 Mar 2021 at 09:11. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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