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Language: Visual Basic
Expertise: Beginner
Aug 6, 1997

Change Your Editor Font

VB 4.0 lets you pick the font you want for your editor. You can do the same thing in VB 3.0 as well, but you're font choices are limited, and it'll involve a little tinkering with Windows itself. VB 3.0 uses Windows' Fixed System font. In order to change this you need to find another fixed font. The WINCIMTE.FON font, which comes with CompuServe Information Manager is my favorite. It's small, yet very readable. To change your editor font, follow these steps: WINDOWS 95: 1. Run Control Panel, then Fonts. Click Add New Font from the File menu, and locate WINCIMTE.FON in the CSERVE\WINCIM directory. When installing, make sure it's copied to the Windows\System directory. 2. Restart your computer in MS-DOS mode. Change to the Windows\System directory. Copy VGAFIX.FON to VGAFIX.SAV. Copy WINCIMTE.FON to VGAFIX.FON. 3. Restart your computer. Now every program that uses the VGA Fixed System font (including Cardfile, Notepad and--you guessed it--VB 3.0) will have the new, smaller font. WINDOWS 3.X: 1. Use Fonts from the Control Panel to install the C:\CSERVE\WINCIM\WINCIMTE.FON font. 2. Exit to DOS and perform the tasks in Step 2 for Windows 95. 3. Restart Windows. Now every program that uses the VGA Fixed System font will have the new, smaller font. Note that the font must be a Fixed font, or VB won't like it. Also note that if you're running at high resolution with large fonts you may need to replace 8514FIX.FON instead of VGAFIX.FON.
Barry Seymour
 
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