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Control.DefaultFont Property

Gets the default font of the control.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public static Font DefaultFont { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Drawing.Font
The default Font of the control. The value returned will vary depending on the user's operating system the local culture setting of their system.


The default font or the regional alternative fonts are not installed on the client computer.

The following table describes the value returned by DefaultFont 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 San Serif 8 point.

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

If the previous 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 following code example demonstrates how to use the DefaultBackColor, DefaultFont, and DefaultForeColor members. To run the example, paste the following code in a form containing a ListBox called ListBox1. Call the Populate_ListBox method in the form's constructor or Load event-handling method.

	// The following method displays the default font, 
	// background color and foreground color values for the ListBox  
	// control. The values are displayed in the ListBox, itself.

	private void Populate_ListBox()
		ListBox1.Dock = DockStyle.Bottom;

		// Display the values in the read-only properties 
		// DefaultBackColor, DefaultFont, DefaultForecolor.
		ListBox1.Items.Add("Default BackColor: " + 
		ListBox1.Items.Add("Default Font: " + 
		ListBox1.Items.Add("Default ForeColor:" + 


background color and foreground color values for the ListBox  
control. The values are displayed in the ListBox, itself. To run this example add this method to a form containing a ListBox control named ListBox1.
Call the method in the constructor or Load method of the form.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.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.