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Powershell 4.0 hates Lucida Console and switches to raster fonts

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/07/25

PowerShell 4.0 is madly in love with "English (United States)"

PowerShell 4.0 is madly in love with “English (United States)”

A long time ago I started writing up my blog post like this in March 2015 when I bumped into this the first time when upgrading from PowerShell 2 to PowerShell 4:

It seems there is no real workaround:

Good and not so good news: after reading the below linked posts, this is what works:

  • PowerShell 4 and up works fine with any [WaybackLucida Console size (including 12) and boldness
    • only when the “Language for non-Unicode programs” is set to “English (United States)”.
  • PowerShell 4 works fine with [WaybackConsolas on any size and boldness
    • for any “Language for non-Unicode programs”

So if you’re like me and switch between “Dutch (Netherlands)” and “English (Ireland)” a lot (both use the EURO as currency, but have distinct enough other locale settings to cover a lot of European stuff) then you need to get used to the Consolas font.


Edit 20210930: a possible solution

I need to fire up some old systems having PowerShell v3 or v4 on them to test the below possible solution.

Digging for [Wayback/] “806286/powershell-4-console-font-issue” – Google Search and [Wayback/] “746647/console-host-does-not-allow-font-adjustment-in-v3” – Google Search, I found [Wayback/] [Forum FAQ]Solution for Windows PowerShell console font issue when changing system locale


To resolve this problem, please follow the steps below:

  1. Access to the path below to find the shortcut of Windows PowerShell: %systemdrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\System Tools.
  2. Right click Windows PowerShell and choose Properties.
  3. Switch to Options, check if Current code page list there, if that it is, choose 437 (OEM-United States) and click Apply. Maybe you will encounter an Access Deniedpop-up as the following picture.  Then you need take ownership of current PowerShell File, switch to Security Tab and obtain full control permission for current User Account. Note: if Current code page was not list there, just leave alone Options settings and switch to Font Tab. 
  4. Switch to Font Tab, choose the font you wished to use, click Apply.
  5. After the above settings, current Windows PowerShell console font should works as you wished.

Applies to

  • Windows PowerShell 3.0
  • Windows PowerShell 4.0


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