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I tried following the procedure outlined in this previous answer and it doesn't work:

Specifically I'm trying to add Lucida Sans Typewriter Regular to the choices of Consolas and Lucida Console that the Cmd window currently allows. Lucida Console is in registry key "0" and Consolas is in registry key "00", so I'm adding key "000" but it's not affecting the available choices in the Font tab under Properties, even after rebooting the system.

P.S. I also tried adding Courier New to the choices and it shows up, but appears to select Italic instead.

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You sure it is a raster font? "Before doing any of this, please read the article "Why are console windows limited to Lucida Console and raster fonts?", which explains in great detail why you shouldn't do that anyway." –  Oliver Salzburg Feb 17 '12 at 8:47
@OliverSalzburg, no it's not a raster font - it's TrueType. The article merely explains why the window will be ugly, not why the workaround won't show the font at all. –  Mark Ransom Feb 17 '12 at 14:39

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As well as the list of steps you linked to, This article lists some further restrictions.

To test that things are working, you should be able to do this (I did, in Win7 64-bit):

  • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Console\TrueTypeFont
  • Add a string entry 000 with value Courier New
  • Close the CMD windows and open a new one. (If you do not do this, the font appears in the Properties > Fonts list but does not actually work when clicked).

If you use a font that does not meet the criteria, it just won't appear, which is frustrating. Here are the restrictions repeated from the MS support article:

The fonts must meet the following criteria to be available in a command session window:

  • The font must be a fixed-pitch font.
  • The font cannot be an italic font.
  • The font cannot have a negative A or C space.
  • If it is a TrueType font, it must be FF_MODERN.
  • If it is not a TrueType font, it must be OEM_CHARSET.

Additional criteria for Asian installations:

  • If it is not a TrueType font, the face name must be "Terminal."
  • If it is an Asian TrueType font, it must also be an Asian character set.


The name needs to be incremented with 0 for each additional font. The Data entry needs to match the font’s entry in the following registry location: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts

I found that the DejaVu Sans Mono font worked, and that font has a wider range of unicode characters than Consolas, Lucida Console, or Courier New.

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Have you tried using the registry location: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Console\TrueTypeFont]

instead of

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Console\TrueTypeFont]

since you mentioned it was Windows 7 x64 so you hit the Win32 part of registry in the "Windows32 on Windows64" node (the Wow6432Node part).

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You may try ConEmu - Windows console emulator. I'm the author of this program.

It allows you select any font, even proportional.

Moreover, you not obliged to install font into the OS, just copy font (*.fon, *.ttf, *.bdf) file to ConEmu directory and restart the program.

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