Matt6
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Windows XP Default Font?

Just curious if there is a Windows XP Default Font, and if so, how do I change my system back to it?

Internet Explorer, AOL and even text within my games is now changed due to something changing my overall system font.  I have no idea what caused the change, I installed a couple drivers for a printer and joystick and also some Windows Updates, so it could have been any of those I am guessing.

At any rate, is there a way to change the overall font of my system?  It is affecting every application on my computer and I would really like to get it back to its default.  Thanks!

Matt

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Annie70
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Re: Windows XP Default Font?

Matt6, Try this to see if it helps. Open Internet Explorer>Tools>Internet Options and click on Fonts. Under WEB PAGE FONT highlight Times New Roman by Clicking on it. Under PLAIN TEXT FONT -highlight Courier New. Ok your way back out.

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Matt6
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Re: Windows XP Default Font?

Thanks aps.

I checked and both of those options were already selected.  I'm wondering if this is more of an overall problem since it affects not only Internet Explorer but also AOL and the chat function in a number of games I play.  That's why I was guessing it was an XP issue as opposed to just Internet Explorer.  Maybe it's some other kind of glitch that just happens to be affecting my fonts but that isn't really a font change.

Any other ideas?  Thanks again.

Matt

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Annie70
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Re: Windows XP Default Font?

Matt6, Could describe in more detail exactly what has changed? It probably is just a setting somewhere and it might be helpful to have a more complete description of what you are experiencing.

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Annie70
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Re: Windows XP Default Font?

Check your Display Properties. Rt. Click on your desktop and click on Properties. Under Display Properties >Appearance check to see if you have these default settings. 

Windows and Buttons=Windows XP Style

Colr Scheme=Default Blue

Font Size=Normal

then click on Advance-Under Item Desktop=Default

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Windows XP Default Font?

The default Windows 2000/XP shell font (for Windows Explorer) is Tahoma, and the default system font (for System Properties, Device Manager, etc.) is MS Sans Serif. Back -up your Registry first, the only way to change them is to alter the Registry. Open Regedit and go to:



HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes 



Edit the "MS Shell Dlg" string value [REG_SZ] in the right hand pane, and modify its "Microsoft Sans Serif" default value to match any other font name installed on your system (e.g., Tahoma). Then close Regedit and restart your computer for the change to take effect.



Might also need to change the value in



HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes



            *** Any changing of the Registry can make your system inoperable, do so at your own risk***

Message Edited by magikilwizard on 04-01-2004 02:01 PM

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JRosenfeld
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Re: Windows XP Default Font?

I use Windows classic style instead of Windows XP style, but that should not make a difference to the font.

You could try right click desktop, Appearance tab, click advanced. In the item box, choose each item in turn and check that for those that have a font ascribed it is Tahoma (or whatever font you prefer, of course). The default font size is 10pt. If you change anything there, when you've finished, save it as a new theme and make that your default.

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