Notepad Default Font changing on reboot

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  1. jdUnionngarden's Avatar
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    Notepad Default Font changing on reboot


    Windows 10 Pro - Version 20H2 (OS Build 19042.985)

    Howdy Folks
    This should be an easy one, but ... Google only provides the obvious way to change the Notepad font, not how to make a font default.
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    After uninstalling a PDF editor* trial I found my Notepad font changes whenever I reboot - full "Shutdown and Boot" (not "Restart")
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    TIA to all who read this post and to those with suggestions/comments


    *Ashampoo PDF Pro 2
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  2. Wisewiz's Avatar
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    Hi, jd,

    I opened Notepad, Format, Font, changed it to Tahoma 12. Closed Notepad, re-opened, still Tahoma.

    Opened Registry Editor, went to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Notepad, found Tahoma as Font face (faceName).
    Went to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Notepad\DefaultFonts, found that Consolas was Font face (faceName).
    Changed Consolas to Tahoma. Closed regedit.
    Shut down.
    Rebooted after 30 seconds.
    Opened Notepad and typed. Tahoma is font face.

    Give it a try. If you need any guidance, just post again in this thread.

    Dan
    Last edited by Wisewiz; 08 Jun 2021 at 06:56.
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  3. jdUnionngarden's Avatar
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    @Wisewiz
    Sounds good; will give it a try and report back.
    Thx!
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  4. Wisewiz's Avatar
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    jdU,

    Wait. You changed the font to Consolas? But Consolas is the Default font for Notepad; already selected when you install W10.

    I think the AHA! moment for me was when I discovered that HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Notepad\DefaultFonts had Consolas, even after I changed the Format > Font setting to Tahoma. Looks as though the User font choice doesn't change the default. So I changed that in regedit.

    Before we proceed, would you try changing the font to something else (e.g., Tahoma 12pt) in Notepad? Then maybe shut down (not reboot) for 30 secs or so and start up again, open Notebook and type a word, then click Format and Font, and see whether Tahoma or whatever you chose stayed. If it didn't, and you're back in Consolas, please post again and we'll explore and fix the registry (put a new key under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Notepad named DefaultFonts, and then make a new String Value for lfFaceName) in DefaultFonts.

    Looking forward to your reply.
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  5. jdUnionngarden's Avatar
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    Right!
    I just figured that out! My bad ...
    stay tuned!

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    @Wisewiz
    Alas, no luck.
    Your instructions made such good sense I followed your instruction twice, but it continues to return to Arial.
    Edit: BTW it's "Consolas" I want for the default.
    Might you have any other thoughts?

    Notepad Default Font changing on reboot-notepad-current-user-notepad-font-2.jpg

    Notepad Default Font changing on reboot-notepad-local-machine-default-font-2.jpg

    Thanks,
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  6. Wisewiz's Avatar
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    Hey, friend,

    Glad you're pursuing this. You'll get it fixed.

    Please try this in this exact order. Open Notepad and change the font to Tahoma. Type a word. Close Notepad and Don't Save.

    Open regedit and confirm that CURRENT USER, soft, Mic, Notepad shows Tahoma as lfFaceName. If not, double-click lfFaceName and change the value to Tahoma, and OK.

    Now back up (if you hold the left arrow key down or tap it a bunch of times -- either one -- you'll collapse all the open keys and get to Computer fast) to Computer and open it to Local Machine, soft, Mic, Notepad, Default fonts, double-click lfFaceName and change the value to Tahoma. OK. Exit regedit.

    Shut 'er down, wait 30, start up again, open Notepad, type a word and confirm that it's in (ugly old) Tahoma still.

    Assuming it is (cuz I've no idea why it wouldn't be), click Format, Font and change it to Consolas 10. OK.

    Now repeat the regedit drill: confirm that lfFaceName is Consolas in CURRENT USER, then go to LOCAL MACHINE and confirm that lfFaceName is Consolas, and if not, CHANGE 'er to Consolas.

    I think, I hope, I'm almost sure ... that will do it.

    Shut down, start up, check and post when you have time.

    Dan

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    If we're batting zilch again, we'll look at changing permissions, cuz your registry isn't saving your changes to those keys.
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  7. jdUnionngarden's Avatar
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    @Wisewiz
    I'm still with you, but life is happening around me ... I will try your latest instructions as soon as I know I can without being interrupted ... stay tuned!
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    BTW: Can anyone tell me what happened to the post I saw last night suggesting I delete Notepad from the Registry and let it automatically reinstate on reboot (i.e. words to that effect) with a link to assist with the procedure? @Brink, Might a moderator have removed it as "not acceptable" or something like that?
    Thanks all!
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  8. Wisewiz's Avatar
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    Hey friend,

    Take your time and deal with "life" as needed. No emergencies here; no fires to rush to.
    This stuff isn't life; it's fun. And educational. I hardly ever visit TenForums without learning something.

    The permissions stuff I mentioned yesterday is fairly quick and easy, but it won't be necessary if the steps above (#6) work.

    If they don't, then your registry Notepad keys aren't saving your changes for the next boot. We can fix that.

    Dan

    Re: the missing post: Nothing nefarious going on here. OP of that post decided not to suggest it after he read the thread. Decided it wouldn't help, given what we had done and were doing. Spoke with him by PM today.
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  9. jdUnionngarden's Avatar
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    @Wisewiz
    Hi Dan,
    (Note that the unwanted "default" font I get after shutdown and reboot is: Arial

    (Interleaved reply:)

    Please try this in this exact order. Open Notepad and change the font to Tahoma. Type a word. Close Notepad and Don't Save.
    Done

    Open regedit and confirm that CURRENT USER, soft, Mic, Notepad shows Tahoma as lfFaceName.
    If not, double-click lfFaceName and change the value to Tahoma, and OK.
    Yes, it's already Tahoma

    Now back up to Computer and open it to Local Machine, soft, Mic, Notepad, Default fonts, double-click lfFaceName and change the value to Tahoma. OK. Exit regedit.
    Is already Tahoma

    Shut 'er down, wait 30, start up again, open Notepad, type a word and confirm that it's in (ugly old) Tahoma still.
    No, it still defaults after shutdown & reboot, to Arial (which is what it has been doing all along)

    I'll stay tuned, as you say no rush.
    Thanks
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  10. Wisewiz's Avatar
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    Okay, then, here's the last resort before you back up the two keys (Notepad in User and DefaultFonts in Machine) and wipe 'em one at a time, with reboots in between.

    Before you do that, please go to the User, ..., Notepad key, right-click, Permissions, Advanced button. Record who the OWNER is at the top of the panel. Repeat for LMachine, ..., DefaultFonts: right-click, Permissions, Advanced button, record the OWNER at the top. Please post your two results here. No rush.

    Oh, one other thing: when you visit those keys, note the font names in them currently.

    - - - Updated - - -

    You could just abandon all this work and move to a much more feature-rich text editor app that won't mess around with your choices. It pays attention. And it's freeware. I've used it for over a decade through several editions, and I would never go back to Notepad.

    Here's a look-at-it link: NoteTab Light - 100% freeware

    And here's an old review from PCMagazine: NoteTab Light | PCWorld

    Just give it a think. And I'm a real pro-level user of it by now, so if you had any questions about configuring options or using features, I'd be close at hand.

    Dan

    (But if you want to continue with our adventure in Notepad-fixing, we'll do 'er. No problem.)
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