In Windows 7, there is an option to change the fonts for things such as the active title bar, menu, etc. It was found by opening the Window Color and Appearance settings in the Control Panel. I just installed Windows 8 and would like to change the fonts, but I can't find anything to change the actual fonts (there is however a limited drop-down list to change a few font sizes in the appearance settings). Does anyone how to change the fonts used in Windows 8?
My educated guess is that they're heading for a unified look and feel on Windows platforms, so it's not adjustable.
I found some entries in the Registry (
In Windows 8
As for font size, go to Control Panel → Video → Advanced Appearance, and change it there.
You can do that without any third-party software, and without local admin access. Open up the Registry Editor and navigate here:
The fonts used are stored in these binary values:
Each of those entries starts with a four-byte value specifying the font size. It's a number in little-endian and binary-NOT'ed after adding 2, for some reason. Unless you need font sizes over 255 points, you can just look at the first byte. Since the binary inverse of
The font name starts at byte
This is the default value of
And after I set it to Comic Sans MS:
Log off and back on for the changes to take effect.
Note: These screenshots were taken on Windows 10, but this procedure works in Windows 8 as well.
There's this "Windows 8 Font Changer.exe" tool floating around: https://mega.co.nz/#!bVNFQaZC!hIHtclnY2esgsv6zWDVuobCYttnSJb6xXnxRXzi-PR0
The site on its about however seems to be a spammy ad-bait link (it redirects various links and ultimately to facebook.com): http://www.ogresite.com/p/windows-8-font-changer.html
Actually, those other methods don't work. But here's what does: an old program from Win95 called 'Plus!'. Since thurott.com was tagging someone at Microsoft over this very program ( https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/3942/microsoft-teases-a-few-minor-changes-in-windows-10 ), then maybe it's not a problem to use it. Here's how to prove it.
The sizes didn't always replicate. For example in some of the menus, the 13-pt size of Comic Sans which was my menu header default, didn't show up in that size in File Explorer. But the font DID change. All the context menus show in that point size, too.
Not all the color changes occur. But some did. I'm not sure I know why.
It works the same way in Linux, too. Difference is, #3 is the .wine directory's version, and #4 is a right click instead of a double-click, using Wine Program Loader. Really great for changing the fonts and colors of the menus and other stuff for MS Office 2003, Internet Explorer, and other Wine installations. Try it.
I just did this on a fresh installation of Windows 8 (not yet 8.1) last hour. I did it in Wine last week, since the default grey and tiny unreadable font in MS Office once installed by Wine, was intolerable. So you should be able to replicate it. Surely someone you know keeps that old Plus! Win95 software around somewhere, if Mr. Aul can tease Mr. Thurott...
EDIT, 7/8/15. I've now tested the above in 8, 8.1, and Win10 build 10162, 64-bit. Win10 sometimes reflects the color changes, as well. Font face changes work. Yet sometimes on rebooting, the change is annulled. Don't know if it's an interim bug in the build, or the bug is that it works. This matters more in Win10, as the 'classic' dialogue with the five tabs (one of which was Appearance, where you selected 3D object and fonts, etc) -- that dialogue is gone. Seems like they think font change ability is a security risk (maybe akin to the Adobe problem).
Alternative: Win10 now sports a gray button allowing you to specify font sizes for title etc., but you cannot access it unless you custom size the text in Display Settings. In other words, if you use the slider to increase display text size, or let it stay at the default 100%, the gray button is not available. But if you use custom settings, and even pick a value just over 100%, then you can access the gray button, and pick the font sizes.
IMPORTANT: the 'Icon' size should be at least 11 or you'll have teeny-weeny icons (same problem in Win7). That or Menu or Title bar affects the size of Window text soo.
protected by bwDraco Sep 9 '15 at 19:25
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