Command Prompt for Windows

Variable Font Sizes

The system menu contains the Attributes... option, as below :-

When selected will display the Attributes window containing the Font tab, as below :-

The Font tab displays a list of font sizes, font types, bold attribute, a window preview, showing the WinOne® Command Prompt window size with respect to the desktop, and a sample of the selected font size.

There are 3 font types, that are supplied with Windows :-

  1. Courier New
  2. Lucida Console (Windows NT 3.51 or higher)
  3. Terminal

Both Courier New and Lucida Console are TrueType fonts. TrueType font sizes are specified using point sizes, where one point represents 1/72 of an inch in height :-

TrueType fonts are suitable for displaying Unicode characters and Terminal fonts are suitable for displaying ANSI characters. Either type of font will still display the correct characters when used with commands such as BOX, which is both ANSI and Unicode aware.

Terminal fonts are commonly referred to as Raster fonts. Raster fonts are not scalable, unlike TrueType fonts, but Raster fonts do include the full ASCII graphics character set and are rendered about twice as fast as TrueType fonts by Windows. There are 10 standard Terminal font sizes that are supplied with Windows :-

  1. 4 x 6
  2. 5 x 12
  3. 6 x 8
  4. 7 x 12
  5. 8 x 8
  6. 8 x 12
  7. 10 x 18
  8. 12 x 16
  9. 16 x 8
  10. 16 x 12

Simply use the mouse to select the font in the Font list box and the desired font size in the Size list box and press the OK button.

Additional Terminal Fonts

WinOne® allows a maximum of 8 additional Terminal fonts to be added to the above lists of fonts. Only fonts that are for Windows DOS applications (ie. Terminal font types) can be added. Press the Font button to display the Additional Fonts window, as below :-

To add a new font to the list, simply press the Add button to display the Font Select window, where an individual font file may be located. Continue and repeat this process until all the desired font files appear in the list and then press the OK button to accept the new fonts. Exit and restart WinOne® so that the changes can take effect. Similarly, to remove a font from the list, simply select the desired font file in the list and press the Remove button.

The first picture shows two (2) additional font sizes (ie. 9 x 13 and 9 x 14).

Additional Truetype Fonts

For a TrueType font to be suitable for use with the WinOne® Command Prompt it must be a fixed width font. There are very few fonts the are both fixed width and TrueType.

One that is freely downloadable from is Unifont.ttf. The WinOne® Command Prompt will automatically make Unifont choose-able in the Font tab when Unifont is installed on your Windows operating system. The first picture shows Unifont as choose-able from the Font list.

Simply install the font on your Windows operating system, after it has been downloaded. Do not forget to rename the font file to unifont.ttf after you unzip it (to remove the version number attached to the file name) and then copy it into your Windows Font directory. Typically, this is C:\Windows\Fonts. When installing Unifont on newer Windows Operating systems (eg. Windows 8.x), the security level set may require you to unhide the hidden Administrator account, give the account a password, login as Administrator, and then you will be allowed by Windows to install the font.