Consoling oneself about being unable to set the console font

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2008/10/24 03:01 -04:00, original URI:

The other day, Marjan Venema asked over in the Suggestion Box:

For Vista we can use the SetCurrentConsoleFontEx API to switch a console window to use Lucida or another font that supports Unicode symbols. Unfortunately there is no similar API for XP (or 2000) for that matter. It does have a GetCurrentConsoleFont, but no Set... equivalent.

If you have any ideas / solutions for setting the console font on 2000/XP these would be gratefully received!

Thanks, Marjan

If only I could provide an answer here, there would be countless people who would be very happy.

Though I unfortunately have no good news to provide; there is no supported way to do it in prior versions....

Sorry about that.... ;-(


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Jay on 24 Oct 2008 4:11 AM:

In this case, is not supported the same as not possible?

Michael S. Kaplan on 24 Oct 2008 7:39 AM:

More or less, yes...

John Cowan on 24 Oct 2008 12:39 PM:

Words to live by, unless you are Microsoft:

"What is not documented to exist must be treated as if it were documented not to exist."

Michael S. Kaplan on 24 Oct 2008 2:45 PM:

Isn't it great how everyone assumes I'll be giving away the store at times like this? :-)

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