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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?

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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 (HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics, amongst others), but they are stored in binary and therefore difficult to change. Segoe seems to be the favourite.

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Thanks Randolph! Those settings are exactly the key to changing the fonts in Windows 8. I used a program called Registry Workshop to export the registry key from my work computer (which uses Windows 7 and has the fonts I want to use), imported those settings into my home computer (which is running Windows 8), restarted and now I have the fonts I want. I think this problem lends itself to the creation of a small WinForms app that can tweak the fonts without having to resort to such a hackish approach. –  Halcyon Aug 24 '12 at 3:44
    
Wow, glad I could help! It's certainly not what I expected but I've learnt something new. –  user3463 Aug 24 '12 at 3:49

In Windows 8

  1. Open regedit (press Win+R and type regedit)

  2. Edit the following value and replace the font that you want:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes\MSShellDlg
    
  3. Edit the following value and replace the font that you want:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes\MSShellDlg 2
    

As for font size, go to Control Panel → Video → Advanced Appearance, and change it there.

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This works, but not for all fonts. –  Konstantin Pereyaslov Jun 14 at 15:46

There's this "Windows 8 Font Changer.exe" tool floating around: https://mega.co.nz/#!bVNFQaZC!hIHtclnY2esgsv6zWDVuobCYttnSJb6xXnxRXzi-PR0

It seems to be safe: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/99b5dade9cd018e2ff9d4a6597021468da1c5ed3a140cc50d4f455305e5aee4b/analysis/

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

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