Consolas Font: Old Age & Tired Eyes!

There is a great little post on this morning’s IEBlog that talks about the (relatively) new Consolas font and how to enable it for use in a command prompt!

Here’s an excerpt from the post…

Bryn Spears on the Internet Explorer team gave me the following simple instructions to turn on Consolas in the CMD Window:

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Console\TrueTypeFont" /v 00 /d Consolas


Note: In Windows Vista, you need to run the reg command from an elevated command prompt.

When you log back in, Consolas will be an option in the “Command Prompt” Properties.  (n.b., Bryn tells me it actually shows up before you relog, but it won’t work.)

You can install Consolas on your Windows system even if you don’t have Vista or Office 2007 with a free download from

Being an old fart, I’ve really come to appreciate the little things in life, like a 22" wide-screen monitor and the new Consolas font in Visual Studio 2008.

Thanks to the IE team for explaining how to enable this in a command prompt!


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5 Responses to Consolas Font: Old Age & Tired Eyes!

  1. Nice article. I thought Consolas Font was created specially for Visual Studio.

  2. jlynch says:


    The post on the IEBlog does show before and after screen captures. My post was also written using the Consolas font (which of course you can only “see” if you have this font on your system) to show the difference.


  3. BenL says:

    For a similar font (which I am a big fan of) try Droid Sans Mono. Looks fabulous in 11pt on a big screen:

  4. Katie says:

    Interesting post. How about a before/after screenshot so that we can fully appreciate the improvement? :)

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