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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  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.

  • It works for me for some time and then reverts to the default Automatic.
    – vorou
    Jul 13, 2015 at 17:34
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    Choosing a condensed font gives you so much more room, especially on a narrow screen
    – drzaus
    Jul 30, 2015 at 15:32
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    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, 2016 at 16:14
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    Whats the default font used in VS? I only want to increase the size, but keep the font type.
    – Legends
    Jun 2, 2016 at 12:44
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    The Segoe UI font seems to be the default Environment Font in Visual Studio 2017.
    – jtlowe
    Jul 27, 2017 at 16:48

You can set that in Tools, Options.


In my case, I got really small fonts when opening .CS files, small font in Package Manager Console, small font in Find window (opens by Ctrl+F), but other fonts (like fonts for .TS files) were fine. I was able to put custom font size through Tools->Options->Environment->Fonts and Colors but I had to set the size to be 14 instead of the default 9 value and it helped for .CS editor but hurt the .TS editor and it did not modify the font in the Find window.

The only solution in my case was using CTRL + Mouse Wheel Up functionality to enlarge the fonts. I was able to return to the default font sizes everywhere and it also adjusted my Find window font size.

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