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With Mac, I like the font of Menlo for text editors. With PC, it's hard for me to find some pretty fixed with font, and I don't like the Courier font that I have to use for emEditor.

Could you recommend me some fixed width font that I can download and use for PC? I expect menlo equivalent somewhere, and it would be great if I can learn how to use the font with emacs/win32.

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Apple Menlo is basically identical to DejaVu Sans Mono (evidence here), both of which are based on Bitstream Vera Mono. The Deja Vu fonts have a free license, and can be used or modified or whatever. Download it here.

(Oops, sorry for the duplicate. I'll make up for it by mentioning some others I like...

Inconsolata (though Windows 7's consolas is pretty much the same)

Anonymous Pro

Droid Sans Mono


LuxiMono )

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+1 for anonymous pro, I use it for programming. Fine font. – Decio Lira Sep 22 '10 at 22:08
A small thing--Consolas and Inconsolata are different enough to me that I strongly prefer the latter over the former and even over any monospaced font I have found. – Mark C Oct 13 '12 at 4:42

Its not perfect - but I use DejaVu Sans Mono. Its neat and tidy, and I've found one of the easiest fonts to stare at for hours on end.

According to, Menlo is a modification of Bitstream Vera Sans Mono, so that might suit your needs.

The DejaVu family is available at The Bitsteam family is available at

Both are open source fonts and can be freely downloaded and used.

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Sans as in sans serif? rather than sans as in without? – barlop Jun 17 '15 at 15:36
Yep - Sans Serif. – lochok Jun 17 '15 at 22:20
ok.. just to correct myself.. the sans in sans serif also means without. (without serifs).. n yeah,, DejaVu Sans (ie Sans Serif) Mono – barlop Jun 17 '15 at 22:23

There is a discussion here about Menlo that mentions Vera Sans Mono and Prima Sans Mono, you could try getting hold of those (the other answer has a link, which I was about to post).

This little search brings up some resources I've used before.

Also, Jeff Atwood has a post about Consolas here, where he mentions using Monaco for every ClearType monospace font he can, and the comments have links to other programming fonts. Jeff has a more complete overview of programming fonts here, with visuals of course.

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Between these three posts I think you've got enough! – Mark C Sep 22 '10 at 22:04

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