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How to Change the Default Fonts in

Windows 7
Information
This will show you how to change most or all of the default fonts in Windows
7 for Active Title Bar, Icon, Inactive Title Bar, Menu, Message Box, Palette Title,
Selected Items, ToolTip, and various Dialog Box text and buttons.
Changing a Windows 7 font doesn't change your program fonts.
For a list of all default fonts that come supplied with Windows 7, see: Fonts
supplied with Windows 7

OPTION ONE
Through Advanced Appearance Settings
Note
This will let you change the default font, font size, and font color for the Active
Title Bar, Icon, Inactive Title Bar, Menu, Message Box, Palette Title, Selected
Items, and ToolTip text. See this link under step 8 there for the default
Advanced Appearance settings: Window Color and Appearance - Change

1. If you have Windows 7 Starter or Home Basic
A) Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on the Display icon.
B) In the left blue pane, click on the Change color scheme link. (see screenshot
below)

C) Click on the Advanced button. (see screenshot below)

(See screenshot below) .D) Go to step 3. or Enterprise A) Right click on a empty space on the desktop and click on Personalize. Professional. If you have Windows 7 Home Premium. 2. (see screenshot below) B) Click on the Window Color link at the bottom of the window. Ultimate.

(See screenshot below) Warning  If you have selected a Basic and High Contrast Themes.  If you have selected a Aero Themes. 3. then you will not see the screenshot. you will see the screenshot below step 4. . Instead. Select a Item that you want to change the font for. then you will see the screenshot. (see screenshots below) NOTE: Not all of these items will have a font for them. Continue to step 4.C) Click on the Advanced appearance settings link.

To Have the Item Font in Italic A) Click on the I button to highlight it. To Change the Item Font Size A) Click on the Size drop down menu and select a number for the size. To Change the Item Font A) Click on the Font drop down menu and select a font. If it is not highlighted.4. then the font will not be in bold. (see screenshot above) 6. Repeat steps 3 to 8 until you have changed all of the fonts for the select items . (see screenshot below step 4) 9. To Change the Item Font Color A) Click on the Color drop down menu and select a color. the larger the size. (see screenshot below) 5. To Have the Item Font in Bold A) Click the B button to highlight it. The higher the number. then the font will not be in italic. (see screenshot below step 4) 8. (see screenshot below step 4) 7. If it is not highlighted.

To Change the Dialog Box Text and Buttons Fonts A) Open the Start Menu. type regedit in the search box. you will need to open it first to see the single fonts in it. right click on MS Shell Dlg and click on Modify. I would type Impact instead of Impact Regular or Impact. (See screenshot above) E) Type in the name of the font you want to use and click on OK. C) In regedit. B) If prompted by UAC. For example. (see screenshots below step 3) 11. Do not include the Regular part or file extension in the font name. For a font group. OPTION TWO To Change or Restore Default Dialog Box Text and Buttons Fonts NOTE: This will let you change the default fonts for most of the Windows 7 dialog box text and button text through the registry. and press Enter. Code: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes D) In the right pane. navigate to the location below (See screenshots below) NOTE: The default fonts are the ones displayed below. then click on Yes.that you wanted. (see screenshot below step 2B) NOTE: You will not have this to do if you have a Basic and High Contrast Themes selected. 10. Right click on the single font and click on Properties to see the file name. Close the Window Color and Appearance window. . Be sure that you use the exact same font name that is listed. 1.ttf. (See left screenshot below) NOTE: You can get the name of the font from the Font Folder Location C:\Windows\Fonts. click on OK. When done.

. (See screenshot below step 1C) G) Type in the name of the font you want to use and click on OK. For example. (See left screenshot below) NOTE: You can get the name of the font from the Font Folder Location C:\Windows\Fonts. I would type Impact instead of Impact Regular. Do not include the Regular part in the font name. Be sure that you use the exact same font name that is listed. right click on MS Shell Dlg 2 and click on Modify.F) In the right pane.

and click on Merge. Yes. Yes (UAC). 3. E) Continue on to step 3. A) Click on the Download button below. Set_Tahoma_Default_Font. To Restore Default Dialog Box Text and Buttons Fonts A) Click on the Download button below.H) Close regedit. and OK when prompted.reg . OPTION THREE To Change All Default Fonts NOTE: This will let you change the default fonts used by Windows 7 using the registry. Log off and log on. and download the file below. To Change Default Fonts Using a REG File Download NOTE: This changes the default fonts in Windows 7 to the Tahoma font. C) Right click the downloaded . or restart the computer to apply the font changes. 1.reg file.reg file to the desktop.reg B) Save the . Restore_Default_Dialog_Box_Fonts. You could use this REG file download to make doing step 2 below easier by editing the REG file for the font you want to use instead of Tahoma. and download the file below. 2. I) Go to step 3. D) Click on Run.

Yes (UAC). D) Click on Run.reg file if you like. B) Copy and Paste the code below into Notepad. F) When done. I would type Impact instead of Impact Regular. E) Log off and log on. Code: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.reg file to the desktop. . Do not include the Regular part in the font name.B) Save the . (see screenshot below) NOTE: You can get the name of the font from the Font Folder Location C:\Windows\Fonts. To Manually Change Default Fonts by Creating a REG File NOTE: The REG file in step 1 is the same as in step 2B below. A) Open Notepad. edit Tahoma in quotes with the name of the font that you would like to use in instead with it still in quotes. or restart the computer to apply changes.reg file. For example. You can use it and just edit the font that you would like to use instead of Tahoma in step below. Yes. Be sure that you use the exact same font name that is listed. you can delete the downloaded . 2. C) Right click the downloaded . and click on Merge. and OK when prompted.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts] "Segoe UI (TrueType)"="" "Segoe UI Bold (TrueType)"="" "Segoe UI Italic (TrueType)"="" "Segoe UI Bold Italic (TrueType)"="" "Segoe UI Semibold (TrueType)"="" "Segoe UI Light (TrueType)"="" "Segoe UI Symbol (TrueType)"="" [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes] "Segoe UI"="Tahoma" C) In Notepad.

E) Click on Yes (UAC).reg file and. and OK when prompted.reg). click on File (Menu bar) and Save As.D) In Notepad. (see screenshot below) D) Right click the created .reg file extension (ex: ImpactFonts. Yes. click on Merge. or restart the computer to apply changes. 3. To Restore the Default Fonts NOTE: This will ONLY undo all changes that you made using either step 1 or step . (see screenshot below) E) Type in a name you would like with a . F) Log off and log on. then click on the Save button.

reg file if you like.2 in OPTION THREE above. Shawn Related Tutorials . C) Right click the downloaded . or restart the computer to apply changes. Yes (UAC). Yes.reg file to the desktop. and download the file below. you can delete the downloaded .  How to See a Preview of the Fonts in Windows 7  How to Delete Fonts in Windows 7  How to Install a Font in Windows 7  How to Show and Hide Fonts in Windows 7  How to Change the Display DPI Size in Windows 7  How to Change the Window Color and Appearance in Windows 7  How to Create a Font Settings Shortcut in Windows 7  How to Change Font Styles Used for Webpages in Internet Explorer  How to Open and Use ClearType Text Tuner in Windows 7  How to Enable or Disable "Smooth Edges of Screen Fonts" . F) When done.reg B) Save the .reg file. Default_Fonts. E) Log off and log on. That's it. and OK when prompted. and click on Merge. D) Click on Run. A) Click on the Download button below. and restore the original default fonts used by Windows 7.

Also Computer. What text location on the desktop has not changed? 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 & Windows 8 Enterprise 48.15 Jan 2009 #1 Coldout Windows 7 40 posts Hi. SO much info. and also the Registry for Gabriola font. this site is great. which shows the fonts that still seem to be default.775 posts Texas Shawn My System Specs 15 Jan 2009 #3 Coldout Windows 7 40 posts I've taken a screenshot of my desktop. holding mouse over taksbar shows default text. My System Specs . 15 Jan 2009 #2 Brink Hello Coldout. I have the Gabriola text. I have adjusted some fonts in the Adavanced Apperance settings. Example is. Any other places I need to adjust to make it so? Thanks! Also would just like to say. But still I have some text on teh Desktop that is the default text. Network and Recycle Bin to . But when I right click on Windows explorer. Network and Recycle Bin are default fonts. Edit: I just got the Computer. I would like to change it all to the same Gabriola text if possible.

I'm not sure where that one may be at. mouse over taskbar 'tooltip' still shows default text. thanks. Edit 2: I have all but one changed to Gabriola font. 15 Jan 2009 #4 Brink No problem Cold Out.775 posts Texas My System Specs .Gabriola. I went through the list in Advanced Apprerance settings. if it is a pain to find. Very much appreciate the info. and the help. I can live with it. Once again. My System Specs . 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 & Windows 8 Enterprise 48. (these were under Icon) which I hadn't noticed before Thanks.

.. fonts in Outlook. so I have the clean lines to Tahoma and Trebuchet MS but with sprinklings of the ugly Segoe. Some examples attached. how do you make the desktop icons smaller? My System Specs 15 Jan 2009 #6 Brink Hello 96accord. gadgets. insisting on the ugly Segeo / Calibri which looks dreadful with ClearType disabled. 64-bit Windows 7 Hope this helps. I just don't have the registry keys here on my Windows 7 RC install. but. You can do so by right clicking on a unused area of the desktop and click on View and Small Icons.....775 posts Texas My System Specs 12 May 2009 #7 stormy Windows 7 Retail 8 posts I too am struggling with this. some dialogue boxes refuse to change (delete for example). RSS sidebar feeds. MD might have been asked.15 Jan 2009 #5 96accord Windows 7 Professional x64 612 posts Baltimore... At the moment Windows 7 seems worse than Vista in not allowing you to change all the fonts. option 1 works but as with Vista some fonts seem uneditable.. Option 2 above... .. Ultimate SP1 & Shawn Windows 8 Enterprise 48.. A pain. the advanced font selection list itself! (which has to be some sick joke).

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extract the .My System Specs 12 May 2009 #8 Brink Hello Stormy. I'm not sure which registry entries you are missing. 2390 views) My System Specs 12 May 2009 #9 stormy Windows 7 Retail 8 posts Thanks.reg file to merge it to add them.775 posts Shawn Texas Attached Files FontSubstitutes. 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 & Windows 8 Enterprise Hope this helps. 48. then double click on the .zip (709 Bytes. and welcome to Seven Forums. . You can download the ZIP file.reg file. but here are the default entries inside the FontSubstitutes key. I will check it out.

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