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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)

static member DefaultFont : Font with 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


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: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1
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