DefaultFont Property
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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.

Exception Condition

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, DefaultFontreturns 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:" + 


.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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