The inspiration for this post came from a newsgroup message I read yesterday by JP.

Clarion IDE Fonts & save your eyes ? 17/12/2005 3:44:38 PM

I found that by careful tweaking of the registry values it was possible to alter the fonts used by the Clarion IDE!

It’s not quite as straight forward as simply specifying the fonts you want as it seems that not all fonts will be accepted. I have no idea if this is the Clarion IDE or the windows font substitutions fault but I think it is best to take what you can get at this point!

Important Note:
It is required to restart Windows to allow a new or changed font substitution to take effect.

First, lets go straight to the before and after pictures:

Before: Booooring! After: Fully Customized IDE!

And now for a little more detail on just how this works…

For demonstration purposed I have used Segeo Script in all these examples. You will have to play with it and work out what suits your tastes best.

The After pictures employes these techniques:

There are three main registry string that we are going to play with:

  1. MS Shell Dlg
  2. Helv
  3. MS Sans Serif

The last one, MS Sans Serif, is a new registry string that you will have to add to make this work.


This one covers most of the IDE – procedure Tree, template dialogs, etc

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New String: MS Sans Serif

File picker, All the other IDE property boxes such as the Populate column toolbox and things like the main IDE Tabs.


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Finally: MS Shell Dlg

This one will change all window dialogs, you will notice it a lot more in other places than just the ClarionIDE



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