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How to Change Windows System Font

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You can change the font that Windows uses to display text in menus,title bars, and dialog boxes by using the the SystemFont= setting inthe [Windows] section of the WIN.INI file.
The system font that Windows uses to display text in menus, titlebars, and dialog boxes is generally defined by the Fonts.Fon=statement in the [boot] section of SYSTEM.INI. However, if you add theline SystemFont=<fontname> to the [Windows] section of WIN.INI,Windows uses the font that you specify.

NOTE: Some dialog boxes cannot be changed, for example, the ExitWindows and Task List dialog boxes.

Valid font files are raster fonts with the extension .FON. Forexample, a valid WIN.INI entry on a VGA system would be:
This would change the system font to Courier. The file COURE.FON mustbe present in the WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory in its expanded form.

Choosing one of the Windows vector fonts (Modern, Roman, or Script)results in abnormally large screen text. Choosing the Symbol fontresults in unintelligible Windows system text.

For more information about fonts, query on the following words in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
discussion and Windows and fonts
"Inside Microsoft Windows," The Cobb Group, November 1991
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Article ID: 80153 - Last Review: 12/04/2015 09:11:14 - Revision: 3.0

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