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How can the default font be changed for the Windows 7 Sticky Notes application? I can't stand that faux handwriting font it uses.

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Here's a .reg file you can just double-click that will change the Segoe fonts to the Consolas within the registry. Created and tested working on Windows 8.1 Preview

stickynote_font_fix.reg

Linked code:

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts]
"Segoe Print (TrueType)"="consola.ttf"
"Segoe Print Bold (TrueType)"="consolab.ttf"

Log out and the font used by the Sticky Notes app should be legible.

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Probably a better option than deleting the font files but will of course render the Segoe Print font unusable system wide, which may be a problem for some. –  Steve Crane Sep 3 '13 at 12:43
    
I'm disturbed that you tried this on Windows 8.1. I guess that means that after 4 major releases of Windows (Sticky Notes appeared in Vista I think) Microsoft still haven't seen fit to allow font choice in the Sticky Notes app. –  Steve Crane Sep 3 '13 at 12:45
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You could add mappings to that registry file that map the real Segoe Print files to different names allowing you to choose to use them elsewhere if you like. –  Steve Crane Sep 3 '13 at 12:54
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There are workarounds.

If you cut-and-paste text from another program, let's say Word, to a Sticky Note, that note will take on the original fonts the text was in.

To change size, luckily there are keyboard shortcuts...

Ctrl + Shift + > makes the font bigger

Ctrl + Shift + < makes the font smaller

There is a complete list of keyboard shortcuts available here.

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Nice find! –  alex Sep 4 '09 at 8:26
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I knew about this but it's changing the default font that I'm really interested in. –  Steve Crane Sep 4 '09 at 10:21
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ctrl+mousewheel also works for this –  Jeff Atwood Jan 28 '11 at 7:36
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@Jeff: Yes it does, but that seems to work globally, while the keyboard method can be used to make text of different sizes, by selecting and modifying, which is a really nice thing to have found out. –  paradroid Jul 18 '11 at 0:32
    
it worked thanks a ton... –  sandeep kundliya Feb 14 at 8:52
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I know this is an old question, but I have an answer that might be better than deleting the font, but will still render the Segoe Print font useless. In the registry, you can change the font that Windows thinks is Segoe Print and Segoe Print Bold

  1. Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts
  2. First, export that key so you have a backup.
  3. Find Segoe Print (TrueType)
  4. Change the value to the file name of any other font that you wish to use that is already installed (navigate that registry key to find others).
  5. Do the same for the "Segoe Print Bold (TrueType)" and match it to the Bold version of this font.
  6. Then, log out and back on.
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The benefit of this over just deleting Segoe Print should be the ability to select the specific font that you want to use instead of Segoe Print. –  Steve Crane Mar 8 '10 at 11:40
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Maybe there is some trick on registry to set a default font? thewindowsclub.com/tips-to-use-format-sticky-notes-in-windows-7 –  Junior Mayhé Jan 23 '12 at 17:17
    
Awesome idea, works well. –  Damon Jan 31 '13 at 14:48
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There is a workaround for the default font in sticky notes.

The default typeface for notes is Segoe Print and if you don't use this font for anything else you can delete it from your system, after which sticky notes will use MS Sans Serif as the default font.

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is it possible to choose the font you'd like to use, rename it to "Segoe Print" by editing the name, buried in the font file, using a text editor, and then install that font? should work. –  Redandwhite Dec 22 '09 at 13:38
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@Redandwhite: Please don't say that. "should work" is a forbidden expression. –  bobobobo Dec 28 '09 at 0:03
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You risk breaking apps with that that rely on that font - do not recommend you do this. –  Robert MacLean Apr 15 '11 at 13:02
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Deleting system components (even if they are just fonts) is a bad idea. –  Umar Farooq Khawaja Dec 5 '12 at 18:04
    
The above commenters are right. While deleting a font file is less risky than deleting other files, there is always the chance of causing problems and in general system files should not be tampered with. –  Steve Crane Dec 6 '12 at 9:51
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Answer by NudeRaider


You can download a .MUI editor and modify the sticky notes mui file and change the font to whatever you want.

"C:\Windows\System32\en-US\StikyNot.exe.mui"

First of all thanks for the tip with the MUI file. With it I could successfully change the default font the sticky notes are using. Btw. plain notepad works fine for editing.

To solve the access denied problem you have to be administrator, and take control of the file first and then add full access permissions for your user name.

Step by step:
- right click the file -> properties
- Security tab -> advanced
- Owner tab -> edit
- click your user name -> OK
- Permissions tab -> change permissions
- add...
- enter your user name (or click advanced to search for it) -> OK
- click the top left check box (allow > full access) -> OK
- OK -> OK -> OK that's it, now you can access the file.

Then you can remove the write protection but you still can't overwrite the file because notepad doesn't let you save in that folder. So save the edited MUI file elsewhere and copy it into the en-us folder. Then restart your computer or it won't take effect.

Also note that the en-us folder depends on your system language (e.g. de-de for german), but the filename itself always stays StikyNot.exe.mui.

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I had to use notepad++ to edit the mui file because notepad corrupted the files I edited! –  Thinker Jan 18 '11 at 16:29
    
apologies for the typo in user name @NudeRaider –  Sathya Feb 9 '11 at 3:34
    
Thanks for this! :) –  Joe Simmons Nov 19 '13 at 17:06
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Deleting Segoe Print works well, but you can also change the size ctrl + MouseWheeling

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You can copy the text into a Notepad window and change the font there to whatever you like and then copy the text back into the note, and the font will stick.

I also found a nice freeware tool named StickyTool that expands the functionality of the Windows 7 Sticky Notes. The current version, however, is not able to change the default font of the Sticky Notes application, but I know from one of the developers that they want to integrate that in a future version.

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Some might find StickyTool useful. Personally the standard sticky notes app is perfect for me, other than the horrid font. I'm looking for a similar app I can use on my new laptop, which has Windows 7 Home Basic and therefore no Sticky Notes app. –  Steve Crane Mar 30 '10 at 10:29
    
Virus Scan reports file to be virus free virscan.org/report/62538dbf51fe1adaa2111b76c4aeaa89.html –  Sathya Apr 28 '11 at 15:08
    
Copy text into Notepad and change font there and copy back is not working –  Deqing Jul 4 '13 at 2:24
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IMHO, switching to something like http://pnotes.sourceforge.net/ would be your best bet.

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There are many alternative apps for notes but why should I be forced to use another app just because the developers/designers of the built-in one made a poor choice? –  Steve Crane Sep 3 '13 at 12:48
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