How To Enable More Fonts For The Windows Command Prompt

Every Windows user knows that Microsoft has made only available only two fonts for use in the Command window. But this should not be a reason to despair given that registry hack can be used for downloading and using more fonts. In fact, even the readable fonts of Windows Vista as well as Office 2007 can be downloaded.

The registry hack is your best option for bringing in more fonts because it allows you to download fonts that have fixed widths. In this article we will tell you how to do all this and more.

How to do alterations in the default Command Prompt Font?

First right click on the title bar and select Properties from the drop down menu. Select the Default option if you want to create defaults for each command prompt.

Changing the Default Command Prompt Font

Go to the font tab. You can now select all your favorite fonts from the registry.

font tab

However, enabling the Consolas font isn’t as simple or as easy. The font cannot be enabled using the default settings. So, how do you do it?

How to Enable Additional Fonts for the Command Prompt?

The first thing you do is open up the Start menu and head to the regedit.exe option. This will give you a list; look for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Console\TrueTypeFont, option in the list.

registory editor

Hit this tab and you will get an exhaustive list of the True Type fonts that have already been enabled on your system. Add more fonts to this list using fresh string. Name them starting from 00 series. The values of the fonts should be changed in accordance with the original values of the fonts.

At this stage you will be required to re-start your machine in order to enable the newly added font. You now know how to add the Consolas font by using its value. This is a very useful font that is easy on the eyes. However, it has been added only to Vista and Office 2007.

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The advantage of including Consolas is that the letters are easily distinguishable even when you use small font size.

What are some of the fonts that can be enabled?

Unfortunately, the command prompt has been enabled to accept and include fonts that have fixed-width. This means that you can forget about including fonts like Comic Sans to your list of fonts. There are plenty of websites on the internet that offer you free fonts that look lovely. You may not be able to download the Comic sans font but you can enable another fun font like the White Rabbit.

what fonts can be enabled

The first step to installation of any additional font is downloading it. Browse for the font on the net. Once you have found it, right click the font. This will begin the installation process. After the installation gets over, return to registry and give a new name to the font. Ensure that you do not change the original value of the font while re-naming it.

renaming the font

You might come across some disappointments as not all the fonts will work.



Anubha Pandey