How to change your fonts in Windows Vista

This page explains step-by-step how to change the system fonts used by Windows Vista for menus, toolbars, titles and other text.

Note: The 'Ease of Access Center' has replaced 'Accessibility Options' (which was used in earlier versions of Windows) in the 'Control Panel' of Windows Vista. For more information, read the Introduction to the Ease of Access Center.

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Changing your fonts in Windows Vista

Change your fonts

Step 1: Open the 'Advanced Appearance' window

Open the 'Ease of Access Center' window by pressing the Windows key + U or clicking the 'Start' button, followed by 'Control Panel', then 'Ease of Access', then 'Ease of Access Center'.

Under the 'Explore all settings' header, click on 'Make the computer easier to see' (Fig 1) or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter.

Fig 1Detail from 'Ease of Access Center' window

Under the 'Make things on the screen easier to see' header (Fig 2), click on 'Fine tune display effects', or press Alt + C.

Fig 2Detail from 'Make the computer easier to see' window

This will open the 'Appearance Settings' window shown in Fig 3. Click on the 'Advanced' button or press Alt + D to open the 'Advanced Appearance' window shown in Fig 4.

Fig 3'Appearance Settings' window

Step 2: Change your fonts

In the 'Advanced Appearance' window (Fig 4), click on the drop-down button under the 'Item' header or press Alt + I, then use the mouse or arrow keys to scroll through the list of items that can be changed.

Fig 4'Advanced Appearance' window

If it is possible to change the font for a particular 'Item', the second row of buttons (below the 'Font' header) will become active. For example, if 'Menu' is selected in the list. You can change the fonts for the following 'Items'.

  • Active titlebar
  • Icon
  • Inactive titlebar
  • Menu
  • Message box
  • Palette title
  • Selected items
  • Tooltip

To change the font used for 'Menu' (as the example in Fig 4 shows), click on the drop-down button under the 'Font' header or press Alt + F, then use the mouse or arrow keys to scroll through the list of fonts to choose the one you want.

To change the size of the font you have chosen, click the drop-down button below the 'Size' header or press Alt + E, then use the mouse or arrow keys to scroll through the list of font sizes.

When you've made all your changes, click the 'OK' button or press Enter to return to the 'Appearance Settings' window (Fig 3). Click the 'Apply' button or press Alt + A to see how the changes look. If you are satisfied, click the 'OK' button or press Enter to finish.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

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