Applies To: Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8

Enables Windows operating systems to display an extended character set in graphics mode. If used without parameters, graftabl displays the previous and the current code page.

For examples of how to use this command, see Examples.


graftabl <CodePage>
graftabl /status





Specifies a code page to define the appearance of extended characters in graphics mode.

Valid code page identification numbers are:

437: United States

850: Multilingual (Latin I)

852: Slavic (Latin II)

855: Cyrillic (Russian)

857: Turkish

860: Portuguese

861: Icelandic

863: Canadian-French

865: Nordic

866: Russian

869: Modern Greek


Displays the current code page that graftabl is using.


Displays help at the command prompt.


  • Graftabl affects only the monitor display of extended characters of the code page that you specify. It does not change the actual console input code page. To change the console input code page, use the mode or chcp command.

  • The following table lists each exit code and a brief description of it.

    Exit code



    Character set was loaded successfully. No previous code page was loaded.


    An incorrect parameter was specified. No action was taken.


    A file error occurred.

  • You can use the ERRORLEVEL environment variable in a batch program to process exit codes that are returned by graftabl.


To view the current code page used by graftabl, type:

graftabl /status

To load the graphics character set for code page 437 (United States) into memory, type:

graftabl 437

To load the graphics character set for code page 850 (multilingual) into memory, type:

graftabl 850

Additional references

Command-Line Syntax Key