How to Change Default System Font in Windows 10

If you’re not a great fan of the default font in Windows 10 and want to switch to your preferred font. Actually, it’s possible with a simple registry tweak. In this tutorial, you will find out how to do it change default system font in windows 10.

how to change default system font in windows 10

The default font of the Windows 10 is Segoe UI. It’s used in almost everywhere from file explorer to the desktop to Settings in Windows 10. In previous versions of the Windows like Windows XP, Microsoft provides you the option that let you change the default font of the system which includes Explorer, menus,  desktop and so on. There was a setting that let you change the default system font just with one click.

In Windows 10, there is no option in the Settings app or control panel using which you can change the default system font. The worst part is that there is no third party tool available that helps you to change default font in Windows 10.

No doubt, the operating system lacks this ability, but a simple registry hack helps you to bypass this limitation. Thanks Winaero for making this workaround a little easier for users who don’t have much knowledge of registry editor.

Warning: In the workaround you need to edit Windows 10 registries. So we recommend you must create a restore point manually before following the instructions. We also recommend you to create system image backup to keep yourself at safe side.

How to Change Default System Font in Windows 10

So without further delay, why don’t you start checking the instruction on how to set your favorite font as the default font in Windows 10.

1. First of all, you need to open the Notepad file and copy the following code into it.

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"="DESIRED FONT"

In above code, you just need to replace the “DESIRE FONT” field with your favorite font name, which you want to set as the default font. It can be Tahoma, Verdana, Times New Roman, Comic Sans or any font which you have installed into the Windows 10.

how to change default system font in windows 10

2. Use the Notepad to find and copy the desired font name. For that, click to open the Format menu in the Notepad, which is visible on the top left side. Now from the drop-down select Font and look for the desired font.

how to change default system font in windows 10 (1)

The above step is really helpful if you want to see a little preview of the font which you want to set as the default system font.

Note: Make sure not to click OK hile previewing the font. Otherwise it will change the default Notepad file

Suppose you want to set Verdana as the default system font in Windows 10. You need to replace the font name i.e. Verdana with “DESIRED FONT” in the code. It will look like as shown in image below:

how to change default system font in windows 10

3. Once done, you need to save the file as a .reg file format. You can save it in your preferred location with any name you want.

how to change default system font in windows 10

Note: Make sure to put the file name in quotes to include the .reg extension of the file. If not, the Notepad will save it as a text file. Check out the below screenshot for more idea.

4. After saving the file, you will left with Registry file.

how to change default system font in windows 10

You need to make a double click for applying the registry tweak and change default system font in Windows 10. Whatever popup appears, you need to answer Yes, to all the request.

windows 10 new user account control screen

how to change default system font in windows 10

how to change default system font in windows 10

5. Now, you need to sign out of your Windows account or reboot the computer to see the effect of the script. In my case, the default font looks like shown in the below image:

how to change default font in windows 10

That’s it!

Check out our YouTube video for more clear idea:

In case, you’re not satisfied with the font which you changed using above registry tweak. You can revert the changes by undo the tweak you applied. You can also use ready to use registry files to apply or undo the change default font tweak.

Note: Credit for Registry files goes to Winaero.

The zip file contains two registry files which are as following:

  • Change font: Its helps you to change the default system font in Windows 10
  • Restore defaults: Its helps you to restore the default font to Segoe UI

Don’t forget to sign out of your Windows account to apply the changes.

Why don’t you try this registry tweak that let you change default system font in Windows 10. Also, if you have any query don’t forget to mention in the comments.

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