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    Fonts - Change Default
    How to Change the Default Vista Fonts
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    Fonts - Change Default

    How to Change the Default Vista Fonts


    information   Information
    This will show you how to change most or all of the default fonts in Windows Vista for Active Title Bar, Icon, Inactive Title Bar, Menu, Message Box, Palette Title, Selected Items, ToolTip, and various Dialog Box text and buttons.
    Tip   Tip
    The Fonts folder is located at:C:\Windows\Fonts to see a list of available fonts that you can use below.




    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.
    1. Open the Advanced Appearance settings window.

    2. Click on the Item: you want to change the Font for. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: These are the Items that have fonts that can be changed. Repeat this for each item you want to change the font for. The font settings that are grayed out are not available with the selected color scheme.
    • Active Title Bar
    • Icon
    • Inactive Title Bar
    • Menu
    • Message Box
    • Palette Title
    • Selected Items
    • ToolTip

    Fonts - Change Default-advanced2.jpg
    3. To Change the Item Font -
    A) Click on the Font: drop down menu and select a font. (See screenshot below)
    4. To Change the Item Font Size -
    A) Click on the Size: drop down menu and select a number for the size. The higher the number, the larger the size.
    5. To Change the Item Font Color -
    A) Click on the Color: drop down menu and select a color.
    6. To Have the Item Font in Bold -
    A) Click the B button to highlight it. If it is not highlighted, then the font will not be in bold.
    7. To Have the Item Font in Italic -
    A) Click on the I button to highlight it. If it is not highlighted, then the font will not be in italic.
    8. Click on OK.

    9. Click on OK to apply changes.
    Fonts - Change Default-advanced1.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    Dialog Box Text and Buttons

    NOTE: This will let you change the default fonts for most of the Windows 7 dialog box text and button text through the registry.
    1. Open the Start Menu.

    2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.

    3. Click on the Continue button in the UAC prompt.

    4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshots below step 5)

    Code:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes
    5. In the right pane, right click on MS Shell Dlg and click on Modify.
    NOTE: The default fonts are the ones displayed below.
    Fonts - Change Default-reg.jpg
    6. Type in the name of the font you want to use and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: You can get the name of the font from the Font Folder Location C:\Windows\Fonts. Be sure that you use the exact same font name and that it is spelled correctly.
    Fonts - Change Default-modify.jpg
    7. In the right pane, right click on MS Shell Dlg 2 and click on Modify.

    8. Type in the name of the font you want to use and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: You can get the name of the font from the Font Folder Location C:\Windows\Fonts. Be sure that you use the exact same font name and that it is spelled correctly.
    Fonts - Change Default-modify2.jpg
    8. Close regedit.

    9. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.





    OPTION THREE

    Change All Default Fonts

    NOTE: This will let you change the default fonts used by Vista using the registry.
    1. To Change Default Fonts Using a REG File Download
    NOTE: This changes the default fonts in Vista to the Tahoma font. 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.
    A) Click on the Download button below, and download the file below.
    Set_Tahoma_Default_Font.reg

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    B) Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the desktop.

    C) Right click the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

    D) Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

    E) Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply changes.

    F) When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
    2. 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. You can use it and just edit the font that you would like to use instead of Tahoma in step below.
    A) Open Notepad.

    B) Copy and Paste the code below into Notepad.

    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 Italic (TrueType)"=""
    "Segoe UI Bold Italic (TrueType)"=""
     
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes]
    "Segoe UI"="Tahoma"
    Fonts - Change Default-all-1.jpg
    C) In Notepad, edit Tahoma in quotes with the name of the font that you would like to use in instead with it still in quotes. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: You can get the name of the font from the font folder location C:\Windows\Fonts. Be sure that you use the exact same font name that is listed. Do not include the Regular part in the font name. For example, I would type Impact instead of Impact Regular.
    Fonts - Change Default-all-2.jpgFonts - Change Default-all-3.jpg
    D) In Notepad, click on File (Menu bar) and Save As. (see screenshot below)
    Fonts - Change Default-all-4.jpg
    E) Type in a name you would like with a .reg file extension (ex: Impact-Fonts.reg), then click on the Save button. (see screenshot below)
    Fonts - Change Default-all-5.jpg
    D) Right click the created .reg file and click on Merge.

    E) Click on Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

    F) Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply changes.
    3. To Restore the Default Fonts
    NOTE: This will undo all changes that you made using either step 1 or step 2 above, and restore the original default fonts used by Windows 7.
    A) Click on the Download button below, and download the file below.
    Default_Fonts.reg

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    B) Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the desktop.

    C) Right click the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

    D) Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

    E) Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply changes.

    F) When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
    That's it,
    Shawn



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    Re: Fonts - Change Default

    Many thanks, Brink, for the useful information!
    I'm sorry, it seems everything is not so simple. I'm running Vista Ultimate x86 with Classic Theme, so AERO and Desktop windows manager are disabled. One thing is annoying me, here is the screen:


    I've applied registry hint you has described, rebooting, but the problem still here. I've checked registry again, and everything is OK. Both parameters MS Shell Dlg and MS Shell Dlg2 are Tahoma.
    Maybe you're can help?
    Thanks in advance
    VW

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    Re: Fonts - Change Default

    Hi Verwolk,

    Welcome to the Forum.

    Most, but not everything is affected by this change. The Run window happens to be one of them. Sorry. Did you do all of step two also to change everything else?

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    Re: Fonts - Change Default

    Yes, everywhere are Tahoma.

    Thank you for the quick responce: )

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    Re: Fonts - Change Default

    You're welcome Verwolk,

    I'm still digging around the registry for other areas that affect the fonts. If I find the buggers, I'll update this tutorial to include it. Just keep checking back for updates. I'll send you a PM to if I find the one for Run.

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    Re: Fonts - Change Default

    Hi,
    Another newbie is there a quick way to set font defaults in works, or will the method described serve to change and lock all font settins on all the programs.

    Thanks,

    Les.

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    Re: Fonts - Change Default

    Hi Les,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    I do not know if it will work in Works or not. All programs are different. Some use the same default as Vista, and some use their own settings. You can give it a shot to see. If it does not, then you can change them back to the default fonts if you wanted to.

    Sorry,
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    Re: Fonts - Change Default

    Hello Shawn,

    Thanks for that reply I will have try later I know it's not desperate but it is one of those silly things that buggs me there has to be a simple answer but not for a Silver Surfer like
    me.

    Rgards

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    Re: Fonts - Change Default

    I know how you feel about those little things. Let us know how it went for you.

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    Re: Fonts - Change Default

    I'm having the same problem as Verwolke, well i imagine its the same problem, i can't view his image completely, its only thumbnail size.

    My lovely Tahoma font has been applied using your methods in the advanced appearance settings, and the registry tweaks. Credit is due there, well done for sussing that out, i can't stand cleartype in vista, so i turned it off and was left with nasty looking segoe UI everywhere.

    The only places so far that don't seem to adopt the new font, are in prompt boxes and some message boxes, such as run, and the recycle bin delete confirmation box. Its driving me up the wall, i've scoured the registry for the culprit, and can't find it anywhere. Has anyone found a fix for this yet?

    I've upped a screenshot of my issue, here:
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    The wordpad is open to show SegoeUI, compared with the message box, just to make sure its displaying that, when it should really be tahoma.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Ben

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