Backup and Restore Font Settings in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with TrueType fonts and OpenType fonts installed out-of-the-box. They either have TTF or OTF file extensions. They support scaling and look sharp on modern displays. OpenType is the more modern format, which can support any writing script, has advanced typographic "layout" features which prescribe positioning and replacement of rendered glyphs.


Starting with build 17083, Windows 10 features a special section in the Settings app. The new section, called simply "Fonts", can be found under Personalization.

You may be familiar with the classic Fonts Control Panel applet, which you could use to see the fonts that are currently installed, or to install or uninstall fonts. Instead of the classic applet, recent releases of Windows 10 offer the Fonts page in Settings, which is able to show off newer font capabilities, such as color fonts or variable fonts. A refresh of the Fonts UI to show off the newer capabilities was long overdue.

In Settings, a dedicated page for Fonts settings provides a short preview of each font family. The previews use a variety of interesting strings that are selected to match the primary languages that each font family is designed for, together with your own language settings. And if a font has multi-color capabilities built into it, then the preview will demonstrate this.

If you have customized your font options, you might be interested in creating a backup copy of your settings. It will include hidden fonts including the hidden ones based on language settings, and other options. Here's how it can be done.

To Backup Font Settings in Windows 10,

  1. Open a new command prompt.
  2. Type or copy-paste and run the following command: reg export "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Font Management" "%UserProfile%\Desktop\Font_Settings.reg".
  3. This will create the Font_Settings.reg file in your Desktop folder that contains your preferences. Copy it to some safe location to restore it later.Windows 10 Backup Font Settings

To Restore Font Settings in Windows 10,

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the folder where you store your backup copy of the font settings.
  3. Double-click on the Font_Settings.reg file.
  4. Confirm the operation.
  5. To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to sign out and sign in to your user account.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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