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How to change the font in Windows 10?

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Windows 10 is as simple as it gets as far as personalisation of the OS is concerned as mostly you’ll find a straightforward set of steps to customise any setting. However, changing the font in Windows 10 is a different (and a bit more hectic) story.

Microsoft removed the feature to replace them freely in Windows 10. The default typecase remains Segoe UI, which is applied to File Explorer, title bars, menus, and more.

A major chunk of user interaction pertains to reading and plenty of output is displayed in the form of text. Viewing and grasping content in your desirable font is essential in such a case.

If users want a different font for their PC, a way to do it is by applying necessary tweaks to your computer’s Registry. This guide includes steps to create said tweaks to OS’ registry and change the default font in Windows 10.

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How to change the font in Windows 10 using Registry?

Since this guide involves making changes to the registry of your PC, it’s recommended to back up your previous registry as an added measure.

Step 1: From the Start Menu launch Control Panel. Alternatively, you can either search for Font Settings or access the Windows Settings > Personalisation > Fonts and skip to Step 5.

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Step 2: Click on Appearance and Personalization in the side menu.

Step 3: Select Fonts to view them.

Step 4: Apply the required font by clicking on it.

Step 5: Now open the Notepad application and paste the following code.

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"="NewFont"

Step 6: Replace NewFont in the last line with the name of the new font.

Step 7: Save your file as a .reg extension using the All Files extension.

Step 8: Now, run the Notepad file and click on Yes.

Step 9: Click on Ok when prompted.

This merges your file with the registry.

Step 10: Restart your computer to complete the changes.

If you duplicated the steps mentioned above accurately, you should be able to see your Windows PC display text in the new fonts following the restart.

Note that some fonts might not work well with your system as symbols and special characters can sometimes break. You can follow the guide below to revert your Windows system fonts to default

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How to reset the fonts to default in Windows 10?

For reversing these changes, swap the code in your Notepad file with the one below.

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"=-

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