Change Windows default font

Are you looking to change the default font in your Windows 10 but seem to be stuck at how you can actually do it? That’s okay. We know how that feels. But we’ve also got a way out for you! Windows 10 has definitely made life easier by enhancing user experience but while doing this it has also limited the customizability of the OS. Where in earlier versions of Windows 10, you could change the default font using the Control Panel or Personalization settings, now you have to do it manually through the Windows registry. You can indeed use your favorite font in OS features like message boxes icons, title bars, etc. instead of using the default font Segoe UI, with a simple trick! Follow the guide to modify the registry to change the system font and spice up your dull and average looking interface.

Steps to change the default font in Windows 10

So before you jump in and learn the art of spicing things up for your PC, just be cautious about messing things up when you’re modifying the registry. We suggest you create a system restore point that you can revert back to in case something goes wrong. Once you’ve done that, get started by following the steps below:

Step 1: Launch the Control Panel from the Start Menu.

Step 2: Click on the “Appearance and Personalization” option from the side menu.

Step 3: Click on “Fonts” to open fonts and select the name of the one you want to use as default.

Step 4: Now open the Notepad application and paste the following code into the empty text file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts]
"Segoe UI (TrueType)"=""
"Segoe UI Bold (TrueType)"=""
"Segoe UI Bold Italic (TrueType)"=""
"Segoe UI Italic (TrueType)"=""
"Segoe UI Light (TrueType)"=""
"Segoe UI Semibold (TrueType)"=""
"Segoe UI Symbol (TrueType)"=""
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes]
"Segoe UI"="NewFont"

Step 5: Be sure to replace the font name you want to change Segoe UI within the last line of the registry code

Step 6: Click on File on the top menu options and then save your file as a .reg file by using the extension option “All files”

Step 7: From wherever your file is saved, double-click on it to merge it with the registry by clicking Yes and OK

Step 8: Simply restart your computer to let the changes take effect

Wrapping it up

That was pretty simple, wasn’t it? Even though the chances were slim, if you faced any issues while making changes in the font registry in Windows 10, you can revert back to the system restore point you created in the start. But if you were able to successfully change the default font you’ll now be loving the new look your system just got. We really hope you were able to make the most out of this article. Let us know how it went for you in the comment box.

How to change the default font in Windows 10
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34 thoughts on “How to change the default font in Windows 10

  • November 20, 2018 at 9:16 pm
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    This did not work for me, but now I need to undo this change, how can I undo it?

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    • July 12, 2019 at 10:45 pm
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      You can only revert it if you had created a System Restore Point beforehand. If so, then go to the system restore section of your PC and click Restore.

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      • April 25, 2020 at 10:24 am
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        what if you didn’t have a system restore point do I have to reset my computer to get thing back to normal?

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      • June 17, 2020 at 1:22 pm
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        Use this Registry Editor file to reset to default settings:

        Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

        [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts]
        “Segoe UI (TrueType)”=”segoeui.ttf”
        “Segoe UI Black (TrueType)”=”seguibl.ttf”
        “Segoe UI Black Italic (TrueType)”=”seguibli.ttf”
        “Segoe UI Bold (TrueType)”=”segoeuib.ttf”
        “Segoe UI Bold Italic (TrueType)”=”segoeuiz.ttf”
        “Segoe UI Emoji (TrueType)”=”seguiemj.ttf”
        “Segoe UI Historic (TrueType)”=”seguihis.ttf”
        “Segoe UI Italic (TrueType)”=”segoeuii.ttf”
        “Segoe UI Light (TrueType)”=”segoeuil.ttf”
        “Segoe UI Light Italic (TrueType)”=”seguili.ttf”
        “Segoe UI Semibold (TrueType)”=”seguisb.ttf”
        “Segoe UI Semibold Italic (TrueType)”=”seguisbi.ttf”
        “Segoe UI Semilight (TrueType)”=”segoeuisl.ttf”
        “Segoe UI Semilight Italic (TrueType)”=”seguisli.ttf”
        “Segoe UI Symbol (TrueType)”=”seguisym.ttf”
        “Segoe MDL2 Assets (TrueType)”=”segmdl2.ttf”
        “Segoe Print (TrueType)”=”segoepr.ttf”
        “Segoe Print Bold (TrueType)”=”segoeprb.ttf”
        “Segoe Script (TrueType)”=”segoesc.ttf”
        “Segoe Script Bold (TrueType)”=”segoescb.ttf”

        [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes]

        “Segoe UI”=-

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    • April 13, 2020 at 11:47 pm
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      Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

      [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts]
      “Segoe UI (TrueType)”=””
      “Segoe UI Bold (TrueType)”=””
      “Segoe UI Bold Italic (TrueType)”=””
      “Segoe UI Italic (TrueType)”=””
      “Segoe UI Light (TrueType)”=””
      “Segoe UI Semibold (TrueType)”=””
      “Segoe UI Symbol (TrueType)”=””

      [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes]

      “Segoe UI”=”ENTER-NEW-FONT-NAME”

      In registry code above, make sure to replace ENTER-NEW-FONT-NAME with the name of the font you want to use like Courier New.

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    • April 30, 2020 at 4:09 pm
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      Install the font which you replaced

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    • June 4, 2020 at 3:28 am
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      Hello, in general, before any change to registry, select computer or server when you execute regedit, then file and export, with this you will perform a registry backup, no needed to create a restore point but restore point are a good practice so any of both methods are great even restore point will prevent more risk stuffs so better restore point that will backup more things thahn backup only registry.
      It worked like a charm for me. It gave me a memory failure because I did not write right font name but I right clicked font and see details where it comes the true name font, different name than windows font list.

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  • December 21, 2018 at 5:40 pm
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    Can I change the font settings to Times New Roman Italic using this method? I’ve been able to do that in previous Windows versions.

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    • May 3, 2019 at 7:54 am
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      This technique does not work for consensus-based fonts. If you have a font that requires consensus, and you try to load it as your windows default font, it will just lock up your entire system and there is no way to restore it. Such as with the NewSuperman.ttf font.

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  • April 22, 2019 at 9:36 pm
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    This did not work as my computer simply came up with an error on stage 7.

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  • May 1, 2019 at 5:14 pm
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    Mine too, it said ‘the specified was not a valid registry script. You can only import binary registry files from within the registry editor.’

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    • November 3, 2019 at 12:44 pm
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      I think you didn’t copy the “Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00” line…

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  • June 28, 2019 at 7:16 am
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    In Step 6 there is no All Files choice nor any .reg choice. My only choices are:
    .rtf
    .docx
    .odt
    .txt (this extension for 3 different file types)

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  • July 25, 2019 at 1:06 am
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    You need to generate valid .reg files, which are plain text files. When saving, choose unformatted file types like .txt, but then, opt for including “.reg” at the end, when naming it. If in doubt about the encoding, try UTF-8 with BOM, but there’s more than one supported option on this.
    The extra line “Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00” is necessary at the beginning, as far as I know. (From the text, this is not clear.)

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    • January 18, 2020 at 1:28 pm
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      Jan, 18, 2020
      cool, UTF-8 with Bom worked.
      or because first time trying the script i added a space, “Halo Regular”
      …didnt do anything
      second time around i removed the space, “HaloRegular”
      saved the registry with, UTF-8 with Bom
      and now it works. just semicolon for time display is a square box… i’m fine with that

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      • March 16, 2020 at 10:24 am
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        It worked for me. But I want it in bold. What can I do please

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  • July 25, 2019 at 1:42 am
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    I’m using Windows 10 1903, and a reversal script for the article’s file would look like this. Use at your own risk, but probably works with Windows 8 and 10 versions. For the next time, take time to read about registry key backup.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts]
    ;”Segoe MDL2 Assets (TrueType)”=”segmdl2.ttf”
    ;”Segoe Print (TrueType)”=”segoepr.ttf”
    ;”Segoe Print Bold (TrueType)”=”segoeprb.ttf”
    ;”Segoe Script (TrueType)”=”segoesc.ttf”
    ;”Segoe Script Bold (TrueType)”=”segoescb.ttf”
    “Segoe UI (TrueType)”=”segoeui.ttf”
    ;”Segoe UI Black (TrueType)”=”seguibl.ttf”
    ;”Segoe UI Black Italic (TrueType)”=”seguibli.ttf”
    “Segoe UI Bold (TrueType)”=”segoeuib.ttf”
    “Segoe UI Bold Italic (TrueType)”=”segoeuiz.ttf”
    ;”Segoe UI Emoji (TrueType)”=”seguiemj.ttf”
    ;”Segoe UI Historic (TrueType)”=”seguihis.ttf”
    “Segoe UI Italic (TrueType)”=”segoeuii.ttf”
    “Segoe UI Light (TrueType)”=”segoeuil.ttf”
    ;”Segoe UI Light Italic (TrueType)”=”seguili.ttf”
    “Segoe UI Semibold (TrueType)”=”seguisb.ttf”
    ;”Segoe UI Semibold Italic (TrueType)”=”seguisbi.ttf”
    ;”Segoe UI Semilight (TrueType)”=”segoeuisl.ttf”
    ;”Segoe UI Semilight Italic (TrueType)”=”seguisli.ttf”
    “Segoe UI Symbol (TrueType)”=”seguisym.ttf”

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes]
    “Segoe UI”=-

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    • January 8, 2020 at 11:42 pm
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      Huge thank you for this brother! Note that it looks like your script has semicolons and different quotation characters than a true .reg script. You can compare the two files (the one provided in the article) and this one and see the syntactical differences you’ll have to make.

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  • September 9, 2019 at 7:50 pm
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    Will this work with a formula one font?

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  • September 30, 2019 at 7:04 pm
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    looks like the only person who says his method works, is he himself alone.

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  • October 9, 2019 at 4:31 pm
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    works fine, just have to mess around and make sure its under ALL FILES & a .REG file to save. thanks, it didn’t work until I kept trying to figure out how to make that note, do it in your file explorer not note pad

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  • October 10, 2019 at 6:36 pm
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    This method worked, I changed my font to Ink Free with no issue.

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  • November 3, 2019 at 12:51 pm
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    I changed my font to “Audiowide” with this method but it reverts back to “Segoe UI” automatically after 2-3 minutes…I’m trying to figure out the cause of this…

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  • November 7, 2019 at 5:55 pm
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    what if I want to change it back to default?

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    • March 7, 2020 at 3:28 am
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      Copy and paste this into notes and save it as a .reg just like the first one

      Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

      [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts]
      “Segoe MDL2 Assets (TrueType)”=”segmdl2.ttf”
      “Segoe Print (TrueType)”=”segoepr.ttf”
      “Segoe Print Bold (TrueType)”=”segoeprb.ttf”
      “Segoe Script (TrueType”=”segoesc.ttf”
      “Segoe Script Bold (TrueType)”=”segoescb.ttf”
      “Segoe UI (TrueType)”=”segoeui.ttf”
      “Segoe UI Black (TrueType)”=”seguibl.ttf”
      “Segoe UI Black Italic (TrueType)”=”seguibli.ttf”
      “Segoe UI Bold (TrueType)”=”segoeuib.ttf”
      “Segoe UI Bold Italic (TrueType)”=”segoeuiz.ttf”
      “Segoe UI Emoji (TrueType)”=”seguiemj.ttf”
      “Segoe UI Historic (TrueType)”=”seguihis.ttf”
      “Segoe UI Italic (TrueType)”=”segoeuii.ttf”
      “Segoe UI Light (TrueType)”=”segoeuil.ttf”
      “Segoe UI Light Italic (TrueType)”=”seguili.ttf”
      “Segoe UI Semibold (TrueType)”=”seguisb.ttf”
      “Segoe UI Semibold Italic (TrueType)”=”seguisbi.ttf”
      “Segoe UI Semilight (TrueType)”=”segoeuisl.ttf”
      “Segoe UI Semilight Italic (TrueType)”=”seguisli.ttf”
      “Segoe UI Symbol (TrueType)”=”seguisym.ttf”

      [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes]
      “Segoe UI”=-

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  • January 11, 2020 at 4:11 pm
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    worked for me, desktop icons, context menu, windows explorer have the new font, startup menu doesnt.

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  • February 12, 2020 at 10:19 am
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    Didn’t work for me. I keep getting “Cannot import H:\Cambria.reg: Error opening the File. There may be a disk or file system error.” What am I doing wrong?

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  • March 15, 2020 at 11:05 am
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    My system is refusing to boot again!

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  • March 19, 2020 at 4:47 am
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    Missed the system restore point and only realised I made a mistake right after I pressed “restart” but it was too late, laptop goes black after I login. Is there any possible way I can fix this?

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  • May 6, 2020 at 8:55 pm
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    If you have more than one profile on your PC, will all of the profiles’ fonts change.

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  • May 28, 2020 at 4:41 pm
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    It didn’t work for me. It said “files have been added to registry” and I started my computer, but nothing changed. I tried to use Segoe Script and it wouldn’t work.

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  • June 4, 2020 at 3:30 am
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    It worked like a charm, thanks a lot!!

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  • June 8, 2020 at 5:05 pm
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    I have changed my default font with the registry editor and restart the computer to apply the font but it wouldn’t applied how can i fix this

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  • June 23, 2020 at 12:01 am
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    This has always worked for me, but on this latest attempt on a new laptop, it’s not working in File Explorer. Everything else is displaying the proper font, Start, menus, etc. Any suggestions?

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