How to change your fonts in Windows 7

This page explains step-by-step how to change the system fonts used by Windows 7 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 7. For more information, read the Introduction to the Ease of Access Center.

Change your fonts

Step 1: Open the 'Window Color and Appearance' window

Open the 'Personalization' window (shown in Fig 3) by right-clicking anywhere on the desktop and selecting 'Personalize'. If you are unable to do this, use the following alternative method. Otherwise, go to Step 2.

Open the 'Ease of Access Center' window by pressing the Windows key + U, or by 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, to open the 'Personalization' window shown in Fig 3.

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

Step 2: Choose a theme

In the 'Personalization' window (Fig 3), you can choose to use an existing theme, including high-contrast themes.

Fig 3'Personalization' window

To customise a theme's fonts, scroll to the the bottom of the 'Personalization' window and click on the 'Window Color' icon, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter.

If you are using a non-Aero theme, when you click on the 'Window Color' icon, the pop-up 'Window Color and Appearance' window shown in Fig 5 will appear. Go to Step 3.

If you are using an Aero theme, when you click on the 'Window Color' icon, the 'Window Color and Appearance' window shown in Fig 4 will appear.

Fig 4'Window Color and Appearance' window

Click on 'Advanced appearance settings', or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to open the pop-up 'Window Color and Appearance' window (shown in Fig 5).

Step 3: Change your fonts

In the pop-up 'Window Color and Appearance' window (Fig 5), click on the drop-down list under the 'Item' header or press Alt + I, then use the mouse or arrow keys to scroll through the list of items.

Fig 5Pop-up 'Window Color and 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 Title Bar
  • Icon
  • Inactive Title Bar
  • Menu
  • Message Box
  • Palette Title
  • Selected Items
  • ToolTip

To change the font used for 'Menu' (as the example in Fig 5 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.

Step 4: Save your changes

When you've made all your changes, click the 'OK' button or press Enter. If you are not using an Aero theme, this will return you to the 'Personalization' window (Fig 3).

If you are using an Aero theme, you will return to the main 'Window Color and Appearance' window (Fig 4). Click on the 'Save changes' button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and press Enter to return to the 'Personalization' window.

Your customised theme will appear at the top of the 'Personalization' window with the name 'Unsaved Theme'. Click on 'Save Theme', or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter. This will open a dialogue box. Type in a name for your theme and click 'Save' or press Enter.

To finish, close the 'Personalization' window by clicking on the red close cross or by pressing Alt + F4.

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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