MS Shell Dlg 2 font is a logical font that maps to a font that supports the current locale or culture on Windows. It was introduced in Windows 2000 to provide a consistent look for user interfaces across different languages and operating systems. MS Shell Dlg 2 font simply uses the Tahoma font regardless of language[^1^].
The main advantage of MS Shell Dlg 2 font is that it supports a wide range of characters and scripts, and has a native bold font face. Its main disadvantage is that older operating systems might not have it installed, and might substitute a less attractive font[^1^].
To use MS Shell Dlg 2 font in your applications, you can specify it as the face name for dialog boxes, menus, and other user interface elements. For example, you can use the following code to create a dialog box with MS Shell Dlg 2 font:
For more information about MS Shell Dlg 2 font and how to use it, see Using MS Shell Dlg and MS Shell Dlg 2 on Microsoft Learn.
How to Change MS Shell Dlg 2 Font
If you want to change the MS Shell Dlg 2 font to a different font, you can do so by editing the registry. However, this is not recommended unless you know what you are doing, as it may affect the appearance and functionality of your system. You should also back up your registry before making any changes.
To change the MS Shell Dlg 2 font, follow these steps:
Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box.
Type regedit.exe and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
Go to the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows NT\\CurrentVersion\\FontSubstitutes
On the right pane, find the value named MS Shell Dlg 2 and double-click it.
In the Edit String dialog box, change the value data to the name of the font you want to use. For example, if you want to use Arial, type Arial. Make sure the font name is spelled correctly and is case-sensitive.
Click OK to save the changes.
Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Note that changing the MS Shell Dlg 2 font may affect other applications that use this logical font. You may also need to adjust the font size or other settings to make sure the text is displayed properly.
MS Shell Dlg 2 font is a logical font that maps to a font that supports the current locale or culture on Windows. It is useful for creating user interfaces that can adapt to different languages and operating systems. However, if you want to change the MS Shell Dlg 2 font, you need to edit the registry carefully and back it up beforehand. Alternatively, you can use other methods to specify fonts for your applications, such as using font resources or font linking. For more information about international fonts and text display on Windows, see International Fonts and Text Display on Microsoft Learn. ec8f644aee