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Why are some monospace fonts listed in the Command Prompt list, while some aren't?

What is the difference between them?

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Here are the official requirements for a font to be listed in the console properties. There are several properties that the fonts needs to be meet, and then you can add “register it”—no pun intended—by adding it to the registry.

Here is a graphical tutorial on adding fonts to the list. (It demonstrates at the end how some fonts won’t work.)

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  • If it is not a TrueType font, the face name must be "Terminal." MFW – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jul 2 '11 at 2:58
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Some declare themselves as monospace in the font header, and some don't.

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  • So I can just manipulate a couple of bits in the file and suddenly get a bunch of fonts in the command prompt? If so, which bits? – user541686 Jul 2 '11 at 2:06
  • Depends on the type of font. And note that declaring a font monospace when it really isn't will hurt your brain. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jul 2 '11 at 2:07

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