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In Visual Studio (2012 in my case), is it possible to decrease (or increase) the font size of a user's Solution Explorer? I'd like to decrease it to save screen space a bit.

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up vote 35 down vote accepted
  1. Go to Tools->Options->Environment->Fonts and Colors
  2. In "Show Settings for" chose "Environment Font"
  3. In "Font" replace Automatic to for example, Arial and change size.

Change the font size of that setting, all Font size in the Explorers (Solution Explorer, Server Explorer and Toolbox) and menus will change.

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It works for me for some time and then reverts to the default Automatic. – vorou Jul 13 '15 at 17:34
Choosing a condensed font gives you so much more room, especially on a narrow screen – drzaus Jul 30 '15 at 15:32
Thanks, saved me a lot of time looking for this. So many things can be set up in this IDE, it's easy for newcomers to get lost. Now back to couch coding... ;-) – Jay Feb 13 at 16:14
It doesn't seem that this changes the size of the font in the Solution Explorer. – Nicholas V. May 26 at 13:27
Whats the default font used in VS? I only want to increase the size, but keep the font type. – Legends Jun 2 at 12:44

You can set that in Tools, Options.

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If you need to do that as a temporary setting (presentation or with someone who has problems with current size) you can use CTRL + Mouse Wheel Up/Down to increase/decrease font size.

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