changing icon and menu fonts in windows 8

We all loved the level of customization provided in windows 7, with windows 8 it has gone one step further with cool start screen backgrounds and the lock screen. But in all this hassle Microsoft crippled the desktop user with some backwardness when it comes to customizing the interface, the icon fonts, the scroll bar size etc. Setting an eye candy icon font is every users first preference when it comes to desktop customization, but all now you can do is adjust the font size. A view of new customization tool in display section in control panel in windows 8.

resize active title bar

change size of icon fonts

well that kind of sucks…

So folks here’s the solution all you need to have is binary code for the desired font and few registry changes. First download a simple tool IconFont.. run and enter a value for icon fonts . . .

enter font value

enter the name of desired font here “Nyala” is already the been set as default font here

once done goto registry editor simply by win + r and enter regedit . Now goto HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

from the IconFont key copy the binary value for the font (you may have to signout and login before you see changes in registry)

getting the font binary values . . .

that was the tricky part now simply copy this value into the item key for which you would like to change the font for ex. MessageFont or MenuFont. Signout again and you are done..!!!



  1. Colin · October 31, 2012

    This doesn’t actually work. At all

  2. vinodvinuv · February 18, 2013

    “that was the tricky part now simply copy this value” All i can i understood is to copy the value. But what is the next?. After copying, where do i paste this code ?.

  3. David · May 25, 2013

    I typed “Helvetica” in IconFont but where do I get the binary number?

    • David · May 25, 2013

      Never mind, I understand it now. Thanks!

  4. ngoni · January 1, 2014

    thanks a lot..

    • techdoors · September 21, 2014

      wc a very late response but never too late

  5. mor ley · March 12, 2014

    Thanks a million. I had already given up hope; now once again I have a happy desktop.

  6. Johnf947 · August 19, 2014

    Nice read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he just bought me lunch since I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that Thank you for lunch! Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship. by Harry S Truman. ggfegfebddcf

  7. Aung Thu · December 12, 2014

    Thank you so much! 🙂

  8. stancam · June 5, 2015

    This was poorly written at the crucial point…the iconfont program simply copies the binary code for the font name you input in the command line program, and puts it into your registry at the IconFont entry, but might take a moment to appear. This solution actually works but when you restart it will reset to the default windows font. If you don’t restart often it is a mediocre to passable workaround until MSFT gets their heads out of their asses and changes this.

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