SystemFonts.DefaultFont Property


Gets the default font that applications can use for dialog boxes and forms.

 static property System::Drawing::Font ^ DefaultFont { System::Drawing::Font ^ get(); };
public static System.Drawing.Font DefaultFont { get; }
static member DefaultFont : System.Drawing.Font
Public Shared ReadOnly Property DefaultFont As Font

Property Value

The default Font of the system. The value returned will vary depending on the user's operating system and the local culture setting of their system.


The following table describes the value returned by the DefaultFont property depending on the operating system and local culture.

System and/or culture Font
Windows NT 4x, Japanese version MS UI Gothic, 9 point
Arabic Windows Tahoma, 8 point
Other operating system/culture MS Shell Dlg logical font, typically Microsoft Sans Serif, 8 point

MS Shell Dlg maps to a font set in the system registry.

If the above fonts are not installed, the default font is Tahoma, 8 point. If Tahoma, 8 point, is not installed, DefaultFont returns the value of the GenericSansSerif property.

The Font returned by DefaultFont does not change when the user is in High Contrast mode. For a font that changes when the user is in High Contrast mode use another system font such as IconTitleFont.

Applies to