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How to change the default system font on Windows 10



Change the default font in Windows 10

Windows 10’s default system font, Segoe UI, looks pretty nice. However, if you have something better to replace it with, you can change the default system font on your Windows 10 PC. We show you how to do this.

How to Change the Default System Font with Registry Editor

At the time of writing in March 2021

, neither Settings nor Control Panel has an option to change the default system font. This means that you have to rely on a registry hack to change your computer’s default font.

Fortunately, this is easy to do. You need to create a registry hack file, add the name of your new font in it and run the file to change the default Windows 10 font.

RELATED: How to Make Your Own Windows Registry Hacks

To get started, you need to know the official name of the font you want to set as the default system font. You can find this name with the Settings app.

Open the “Start” menu, search for “Settings” and click on the first result. You can also press Windows + i to quickly open the Settings window.

Open the Settings app

In Settings, click “Personalization” and then select “Fonts” from the left sidebar. In the right pane, find the font you want to set as default and click the font name.

Select your font

At the top of your screen you will see the official name of your font. Note this name.

Note the name of the font

Now you need to create a registry hack that will add this font to the Windows registry. You can use a text editor such as Notepad to create registry hacks.

To get started, open the “Start” menu, search for “Notepad” and click on the first result.

Open Notepad

Copy the following code and paste it into a new Notepad document. Then replace “NEW-FONT” in the code with the name of the font you wrote down earlier. Make sure to leave double quotes around the font name, as already shown in the code.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionFonts]
"Segoe UI (TrueType)"=""
"Segoe UI Bold (TrueType)"=""
"Segoe UI Bold Italic (TrueType)"=""
"Segoe UI Italic (TrueType)"=""
"Segoe UI Light (TrueType)"=""
"Segoe UI Semibold (TrueType)"=""
"Segoe UI Symbol (TrueType)"=""

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionFontSubstitutes]

"Segoe UI"="NEW-FONT"

Code to change the default font on Windows 10

In Notepad, click File> Save As. Then enter a name followed by “.reg” in the “File name” field. For example, if you want to save the file as “mynewfont”, type “mynewfont.reg”. Choose ‘All files’ from the ‘Save as type’ drop-down menu, select a location to save your file and click ‘Save’.

Save the new default font hack

Open the folder where you saved your newly created registry hack. Right-click on this file and select ‘Merge’. This adds the values ​​in your file to the Windows registry.

Apply the new default font hack

Click “Yes” in the prompt and then click “Yes” again to add your new values ​​to the Windows registry.

Accept the registry prompt

Finally, click on the “Start” menu, select the power icon and choose “Restart” to restart your computer. This will put your changes into effect.

Restart your PC

When your computer boots back up, you will see that the font you selected is now the default font for almost all Windows panels and utilities.

To use a different font as the default font, right-click on your registry hack and select ‘Edit’. Replace your current font name with your new font name and click File> Save to save the file.

Edit the default font hack

Then right-click on your file and select “Merge” followed by “Yes” (twice) to change your default font.

Go back to the original default font on Windows 10

To reset your changes and use the original default font on your PC, all you need to do is create a new registry hack and enter a code in it (the code is shown below). Then make a few clicks and you are back to the standard Windows font.

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

Copy the following text and paste it into your new Notepad document. You do not need to change this text.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionFonts]
"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_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionFontSubstitutes]

"Segoe UI"=-

Click File> Save As in Notepad to save your new hack. Then enter a name followed by “.reg” in the “File name” field. Choose ‘All files’ from the ‘Save as type’ drop-down list, then click ‘Save’.

Save the hack to restore the default font

Use File Explorer to find your newly made registry hack. Right-click on this file and select ‘Merge’.

Reset the default font on Windows 10

Click “Yes” in both prompts on your screen to add the default font to the registry.

Finally, restart your computer and you will now have the original font as the default on your PC.

In addition to Windows, you can also change the default font in your browsers. You may want to do this to keep the fonts consistent in your apps.

RELATED: How to change the default fonts in your web browser




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