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How to change the Windows console font?

Firstly: I have tried the options dialog for it (the one that Windows shows) and I don't want that.
The default windows option dialog for it only allows two fonts: "Raster"(Fixedsys) and Lucida Console. However, I want to use Consolas (which is a really chic font). I've tried messing with the registry options for the current user "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Console" but it doesn't seem to work. Help appreciated.

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Wow. It is ridiculous you have to hack the registry to use a different font. –  wfaulk Oct 14 '09 at 15:18
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@ChrisF: No, it's not. –  wfaulk Oct 14 '09 at 15:19
    
@wfaulk - My mistake - I misread the question. Comment and answer deleted. –  ChrisF Oct 14 '09 at 15:47
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wfaulk: Most Windows users will probably consider it ridiculous to have to hack ~/.foorc to use a different font, too. –  grawity Oct 14 '09 at 17:03
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@wfaulk: Most Windows users won't even be able to figure out why the file "doesn't have a name" –  aviraldg Oct 14 '09 at 17:34

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I think you're changing the wrong key. Navigate to:

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

Right click in the blank white space in the right pane and select New -> String Value.

Edit the value to these settings:

Name: 00
Data: Consolas

Open command prompt and you should be able to switch to Consolas font in the properties. A reboot is essential for it to appear properly. I'd also recommend to turn on cleartype to make it look smoother. Consolas looks best with cleartype on.

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That shows the font, yes, but then consolas starts looking like Lucida Console. (:?) –  aviraldg Oct 14 '09 at 15:19
    
Some sources claim you have to reboot before it will work properly. –  wfaulk Oct 14 '09 at 15:19
    
yep you need to reboot, answer updated. –  John T Oct 14 '09 at 15:25
    
Yep. It's working. Thanks. –  aviraldg Oct 14 '09 at 16:12
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Note that the "name needs to be incrimented with “0″ for each additional font." So if I wanted to add a second font, the name would be "000". - blog.wolffmyren.com/2009/02/26/… –  jumpnett Dec 18 '12 at 20:58

Not really an 'answer' per se, but Console2 is a delicious wrapper to cmd that allows much greater choice over how it looks. It's also tabbed, and supports transparency (if that's your thing) I could also give you an ahk script to make it whoosh down like the console from [insert most FPS titles here], if that'd sweeten the deal ;)

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Why the downvote, voter? I can't get better if nobody tells me how :'( –  Phoshi Oct 14 '09 at 17:02
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It wasn't mine, but, "If somebody wanted the answer to a different question surely they'd go into a different question?" ;-) –  Arjan Oct 18 '09 at 11:52
    
Ah, but it DOES let you change the font, and much better than the official shell :P –  Phoshi Oct 18 '09 at 12:28

I had to use Console in order to get this 'feature'. It is basically a cmd.exe replacement for Windows. Besides configuring advanced fonts and colours, it has a pile of other features you might be interested in.

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Scott Hanselman describes essentially the same solution as John T's here:

Using Consolas as the Windows Console Font

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It would be better to provide instructions than just a link. –  wfaulk Oct 14 '09 at 15:16
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It's against the SU-creed to just post links. What happens if/when that site dies? Your answer dies with it! Post instructions (with a link as reference, if you like), so it'll be accessible to anybody reading it. –  Phoshi Oct 14 '09 at 15:22

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