Windows has never been the most customizable OS but it is still fairly customizable compared to its main competition. Even Windows XP allowed users to select between one of the allowed taskbar styles. Starting from Windows 7, users have had the ability to change taskbar color, title bar color, and that is pretty much all the customization Windows 10 offers today too. That’s not much to people like me, and luckily you can take risks and change more than that. But if you only want to change system fonts, you don’t need to go to such extreme measures.
On Windows 10, you can change system fonts from the settings, but not really. Meaning you can change the font size, albeit indirectly, by changing the scaling but you cannot change the font itself. By default, Microsoft uses the Segoe UI font which isn’t bad but it is entirely possible that you may get bored with it. I remember a time when that used to be me, although I don’t love changing fonts very much now. So in case you don’t like the default font or are just bored with it, you can use Advanced System Font Changer.
Advanced System Font Changer
Advanced System Font Changer is a freeware tool that lets you change the default system fonts in Windows 10/8/7. Not only does it let you change system fonts but also change the font size too. Fonts aren’t the only thing it can change, however. The tool can also allow you to adjust icon spacing, menu height, scroll height, caption height, scroll width and more. It can also be used to restore the default system fonts. You can use it to change the font system-wide in the following places:
- Title bar
- Message box
- Palette title
You’re also allowed to select different font and font size for each of the above-mentioned options. Below is an official list of features:
- Advanced setting view options, currently not supported by the basic system
- Allows the detailed setting of Windows 10
- Setting options for font type, size and style (Bold or Italic) per view categories
- Setting the distance of desktop icons
- Exporting safety backup and settings
- Tracking the current changes in settings
- Doesn’t require installation
- Free to use
- It supports Windows 7/8/10 operating systems
Run Advanced System Font Changer and backup your default fonts
Download the .exe file from the link above and then double-click on it to run it. This is a portable tool so you don’t have to install it. Upon the first run, you’ll be asked if you want to backup your default system fonts. You definitely should so do that and select a location which you can remember later. You’ll then be presented with the main window where you can change fonts for all the places mentioned above.
Change system fonts on Windows 10
There isn’t a clear button that you can click on to change a selected font, instead, you have to click on the font you want to change. For instance, the Title Bar option is pre-selected, so you would think there would be a button that will let you change the font for the selected option. There’s none, and you just have to click on the Title bar or another option for which you want to change the font. This will open a font selection Window where you can select from a list of all the installed font styles, choose any font size and font weight you want.
When you’ve found and selected something you like, click OK. Similarly, you can change the font for every available option if you want. When everything is according to your liking, click on the Apply button. To bring the changes to effect, you will be required to log out of the system and a dialogue box will appear telling you so. Click OK but make sure you save all your work before doing so. When you log back in you should see your new fonts everywhere that you’ve changed them.
Under the Advanced tab, you can change all those other options not quite related to font such as icon spacing, menu height, caption height, etc. Simply select the option you wish to change and move the slider at the bottom. Click Apply and you’ll again have to log out for the changes to take effect.