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This is mostly just curiosity.

I'm not sure if it is Courier, Courier New, Lucida Console, or the like.

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But the answers are the same... what now!?! –  Nathaniel Feb 3 '10 at 3:54

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Screenshot from a very fresh XP SP3 installation:

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beat me to it :) –  JT.WK Feb 3 '10 at 1:14

If you go to properties, and click on the font tab it will tell you there.

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None of them. It uses bitmap fonts. You can find then in the various .fon files in the Fonts folder. However, the Font Viewer won't make viewing them very nice for you. Basically each file consists of a different code page or font size.

I'd strongly advise to use a TrueType font, such as Lucida Console or Consolas, though. When set to Raster fonts the Windows console is incapable of handling Unicode.

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Do you know which font is used? I see no Terminal.fon there :( –  Camilo Martin Jan 19 '12 at 23:26
Camilo: Since when do file names coincide with font names? There are quite a few .fon files in the Fonts folder. Some of them are Fixedsys, some of them are System, some of them are Terminal. 85775.fon is Terminal, for example, but there are multiple files for multiple code pages and sizes. –  Joey Jan 20 '12 at 5:58
Weird, because I don't have a 85775.fon file. But I understand that the filenames are different from the family names. –  Camilo Martin Jan 20 '12 at 9:07
The basic raster font that the command prompt uses, is vgaXXXX.fon - where XXXX is the code page being used. Both the vga7XXX & vga8XXX use the same font, with only small changes in which characters are present. If you're looking for the "pure" DOS code page, that's somewhat aptly named as "vgaoem.fon" –  Digital_Utopia May 18 at 9:41

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