How to change the default font in Windows 10 or Windows 11

Shaant Minhas

change the default font in Windows

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An easy and quick way for you to refresh the look of your device is to change the default font in Windows. While the default fonts provided by Microsoft—Segoe UI for Windows 10, and Segoe UI variable for Windows 11—look pretty neat on the screen, you don’t have to settle if you have grown bored with them; especially when you can easily alter them with the Windows Registry. 

Here’s how you can change the default font in Windows:

How to change the default font in Windows 10 or Windows 11

Before you begin editing your Registry, we’d advise you to first make sure that you’ve backed it up. Alternatively, you can create a backup for your whole system—which you should be doing regardless at regular intervals. 

After you’ve backed up your Registry, follow the steps below to tweak the font:

  1. Go to the Start menu search bar, type in ‘notepad,’ and select the Best match to open the Notepad.
  2. Copy and paste the below code into the Notepad editor:
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]

  • In the code above, replace the “NEW-FONT-NAME” with the font that you’d like to use. To find the code, go to Settings > Personalization > Fonts. From there, select the font you want to use now. For example, we’ll use the Times New Roman font here. Click on the font you’d like to use and paste it’s name in place of NEW-FONT-NAME, and you’re good.
  • Click on File > Save as and set the ‘Save as type’ drop down to All files.
  • Enter a desired file name but make sure it ends with the .reg extension.
  • Click on Save.

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When you’re done, open the .reg file you just saved. You’ll see a warning dialog box but don’t panic. Ignore it and continue with your changes by clicking on Yes. And finally, a dialog box confirming your changes will then pop up. 

Click on OK to confirm your changes, and restart your PC.

Changing the default font in Windows 10 or Windows 11

As we can see, changing the font on your device is a simple and straightforward process. However, it is important to ensure you have backed up your Registry as an extra precaution.