This is mostly just curiosity.

I'm not sure if it is Courier, Courier New, Lucida Console, or the like.

  • But the answers are the same... what now!?!
    – Nathaniel
    Feb 3, 2010 at 3:54

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Screenshot from a very fresh XP SP3 installation:

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None of them. It uses bitmap fonts. You can find then in the various .fon files in the Fonts folder. However, the Font Viewer won't make viewing them very nice for you. Basically each file consists of a different code page or font size.

I'd strongly advise to use a TrueType font, such as Lucida Console or Consolas, though. When set to Raster fonts the Windows console is incapable of handling Unicode.

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    Do you know which font is used? I see no Terminal.fon there :( Jan 19, 2012 at 23:26
  • Camilo: Since when do file names coincide with font names? There are quite a few .fon files in the Fonts folder. Some of them are Fixedsys, some of them are System, some of them are Terminal. 85775.fon is Terminal, for example, but there are multiple files for multiple code pages and sizes.
    – Joey
    Jan 20, 2012 at 5:58
  • Weird, because I don't have a 85775.fon file. But I understand that the filenames are different from the family names. Jan 20, 2012 at 9:07
  • The basic raster font that the command prompt uses, is vgaXXXX.fon - where XXXX is the code page being used. Both the vga7XXX & vga8XXX use the same font, with only small changes in which characters are present. If you're looking for the "pure" DOS code page, that's somewhat aptly named as "vgaoem.fon" May 18, 2015 at 9:41
  • Say I want to use VGAOEM.FON in my text editor. How would I go about that?? I tried opening the font and pressed install, restarted the text editor, but when I try to select font, I don't find anything new in the Terminal font! I want to use the 8x12 cp437 font like the one available in cmd but it's not listed: i.imgur.com/0uRZNBL.png Aug 12, 2015 at 10:31

If you go to properties, and click on the font tab it will tell you there.

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The default font as of Windows 10 is 16 point Consolas.


True-type 8x16 (EGA) and 9x16 (VGA) fonts:


(although the 9x16 seems to have some issues with the control region)

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