How to change built-in Windows 10 system font to a different one [tutorial]

In my opinion, the default Windows 10 font named Segoe is a refreshing choice for Microsoft when they shipped their latest operating system. Overall, it gives the UI of Windows a modern, clean look.

If you don’t want how the Segoe UI look, or want to try something entirely different for a change though, there’s a way to do that. The steps below involves saving, then saving changes to your computer’s registry. Once you’ve changed the font, it will be reflected in other aspects of Windows as well such as in its menus, icons, title bar text, File Explorer, etc. Just don’t use the Wingdings font as a replacement unless you want to make your machine unreadable.

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Step 1: Create a backup of the registry

This is an important step in order to allow you to revert to the default settings if something goes wrong later, or if you don’t want to proceed with the modifications.

  1. Open the Run application window by pressing Windows key + R.
  2. Type in regedit, then hit Enter button.
  3. Click on File.
  4. Click on Export.
  5. Create a file name for this registry backup. Make sure to add an indicator that will allow you to remember when it was created like a combination of date or time.

Step 2: Create an updated registry

Once you’ve created a backup of the registry you then need to create an updated version of the registry by using a Notepad. To do that, open Notepad program and copy and paste the following into it:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts]

“Segoe UI (TrueType)”=””

“Segoe UI (TrueType)”=””

“Segoe UI Black (TrueType)”=””

“Segoe UI Black Italic (TrueType)”=””

“Segoe UI Bold (TrueType)”=””

“Segoe UI Bold Italic (TrueType)”=””

“Segoe UI Historic (TrueType)”=””

“Segoe UI Italic (TrueType)”=””

“Segoe UI Light (TrueType)”=””

“Segoe UI Light Italic (TrueType)”=””

“Segoe UI Semibold (TrueType)”=””

“Segoe UI Semibold Italic (TrueType)”=””

“Segoe UI Semilight (TrueType)”=””

“Segoe UI Semilight Italic (TrueType)”=””


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes]

“Segoe UI”=”Verdana”

Follow the rest of the steps below:

  1. Replace Verdana in the last line with the name of the font you want to use. If you are not sure of the exact name of the font, open Fonts folder by searching for “fonts” in the WIndows taskbar. Make sure that you use the full, correct name of the font.
  2. Once you’ve done that, click on the File tab in the Notepad app, then hit Save.
  3. Then, change the Save as type to All Files.
  4. In the File name field, give the file a .reg extension. The filename can be anything you wish. Just make sure that it ends with a .reg extension.
  5. Afterwards, click Save.
  6. Now that you’ve created a registry file, double click it to let it run. Once the computer prompts you if you want to confirm the changes, just confirm it.
  7. Restart the computer to allow the changes to take effect.


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