DOS Fonts

Yes, you can easily change your command line font – so long as you’re running in a full screen session. I used to do this all the time (when DOS ruled the Earth). I’m not talking about changing the font in Windows, mind you – anybody can do that. Here’s a set of “.COM” files I collected back in the day, including a free DOS font editor from PC Magazine. They’re completely safe to use.

  1. Download these DOS fonts and extract them somewhere
  2. Open a command line window [run CMD.EXE]
  3. “CD” to the directory where you extracted the fonts
  4. Key in “MODE CON: LINES=23” [without quotes, tap ENTER]
  5. Tap ALT+ENTER to go full screen
  6. Key in “DIR” [without quotes, tap ENTER]
  7. Key in “F#” [without quotes, “#” can be 1 through 44]

If these instructions make no sense to you, then you probably wouldn’t find this bit of digital nostalgia all that much fun anyway. I’ve been a font freak forever.

It’s totally geeky – but I’m not going to explain the reason or rhyme behind why I believe it’s still fun to do. The settings aren’t sticky, so everything goes back to normal when you EXIT the session. I created “F4,” by the way (very Beavis & Buttheadish). If you wanna create your own, I’ve included FONTEDIT.COM. Pimp it, yo!