How to change the default font in Windows 10

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Hi, how are you? The font is a distinctive aspect of any make or model. In fact, many people are able to recognize a product just by looking at its typeface. Windows 10 is no exception, and for that reason it comes with a characteristic font by default. This font is Segoe UI. However, each person has their own particular preferences. This includes colors, sizes, and also the system font. Personally, I like to give my personal touch to the operating system. And this implies modifying the type of font that the system brings. On the other hand, this is not something that can be modified with any command or system configuration. For that reason, let’s see how to change the default font in Windows 10.

How to change the font in Windows 10

As mentioned above, this procedure cannot be done from the Windows 10 configuration. In fact, the system displays the amount of fonts available, but does not show the option to change it. In this case, it is advisable to make a backup of the registry before modifying it. This way, if there is any problem, you can always recover the original state of the registry keys. To know how to backup and restore them, I invite you to see our post. Next we will see which are the sources available in the system. With this intention please enter the Windows configuration by pressing the Win+I combination. Once there, select Personalization.

Select System Personalization.
Select System Personalization.

Then select the Font menu in the left column. The available fonts will then be displayed. Please select the font you wish to apply and copy its name verbatim.

List of fonts available in Windows 10.
List of fonts available in Windows 10.

Then open your favorite text editor and paste the following text:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts]
"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_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes]

"Segoe UI"="New Font"

Please remember to replace New Font with the font you previously selected. In this specific case, I chose the Segoe Print font, so the text editor should look like this.

Text file to modify the font in Windows 10.
Text file to modify the font in Windows 10.

Next, save the file in any location but verify that its extension is a registry file (.reg).

Text file with new font settings.
Text file with new font settings.

Then, you must double-click on the log file. A warning message will be displayed immediately and you must accept it.

Update the registry file
Update the registry file

You can see that the registration information was updated. Now you only have to reboot the computer to see the changes.

Registration information, correctly updated.
Registration information, correctly updated.

Finally, you can see the result of the font change.

Changed fonts in the file browser
Changed fonts in the file browser

How to restore Windows 10 fonts to their original state

If after a while, you want to return to the original source, just repeat the previous procedure, but using the following 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"=-

Please note that you must not use special fonts such as symbol, Wingding or webdings as this could render the system unusable.

Conclusion

Ultimately we have seen how to change the default font in Windows 10. We also detail the method for reversing the process. From this point on, you can play with the different options available for setting up the fonts. All right, that’s it for now. So long.

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