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SystemFonts.DefaultFont Property

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

Namespace:  System.Drawing
Assembly:  System.Drawing (in System.Drawing.dll)

public static Font DefaultFont { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Drawing.Font
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.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.
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