How do I change the default console font in Windows 10?

I have already made the change to "Cmd.exe", but the problem is I also execute a lot of other console applications by directly executing them (I'm a developer). Each time I launch a new executable I have to change the font to match my preferences.

The default settings have the font size at 11 for some reason, which is too small. I want to make the default size 16 or 18, and have it automatically be applied to any console window that is ever opened on the system.

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Right click on the console window title bar, select Defaults, switch to tab Font and choose your desired font and size.

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    Is there any way to enable more fonts in cmd or power shell console?
    – Allen
    Jan 21, 2017 at 9:07
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    Especially tricky in French, because it is written "Par défaut", which means "By default". I assumed it was to reset the settings to the defaults, not to edit the default settings.
    – Wok
    Sep 28, 2019 at 9:45

The Cmd.exe has to be run as administrator for the changes to be saved. Too add more than the default fonts to the console, see the tech republic how to.

  • The link is good to check, however it provides only ways to change font to old cmd.exe. In Windows 10 I have new command prompt.
    – WesternGun
    Apr 21, 2017 at 16:32
  • I've win10 and changed my cmd fonts. Apr 21, 2017 at 20:56
  • Maybe it has something to do with code page. I am with 936 (GBK) and I guess you have 437 (US English).
    – WesternGun
    Apr 21, 2017 at 20:58
  • Check the font you're trying to use passes the requirements like monospaced fonts and non italics. I use us keyboard but language settings is English New Zealand Apr 21, 2017 at 21:03
  • I am using several, some can be recognised (Yahei Consolas Hybrid) but some not(Monaco and Dejavu Sans Mono), but I think it has no italic and are monospaced. I have posted another question here
    – WesternGun
    Apr 21, 2017 at 21:21

Right click on Command Prompt > Open file location > in the window you can see the shortcut right click > properties > save the desired

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