Grab System Fonts Easily

At times, you might want to retrieve the current system font settings, such as the font being used for window title bars, or the menu or message box font. You could delve into the Registry, but why go to the trouble if the SystemParametersInfo API does it for you? Here’s how:

 Private Declare Function SystemParametersInfo Lib "user32" _	Alias "SystemParametersInfoA" (ByVal uAction As Long, _	ByVal uParam As Long, lpvParam As Any, ByVal fuWinIni _	As Long) As Long	Private Type LOGFONT		lfHeight As Long		lfWidth As Long		lfEscapement As Long		lfOrientation As Long		lfWeight As Long		lfItalic As Byte		lfUnderline As Byte		lfStrikeOut As Byte		lfCharSet As Byte		lfOutPrecision As Byte		lfClipPrecision As Byte		lfQuality As Byte		lfPitchAndFamily As Byte		lfFaceName As String * 32	End Type	Private Type NONCLIENTMETRICS		cbSize As Long		iBorderWidth As Long		iScrollWidth As Long		iScrollHeight As Long		iCaptionWidth As Long		iCaptionHeight As Long		lfCaptionFont As LOGFONT		iSMCaptionWidth As Long		iSMCaptionHeight As Long		lfSMCaptionFont As LOGFONT		iMenuWidth As Long		iMenuHeight As Long		lfMenuFont As LOGFONT		lfStatusFont As LOGFONT	lfMessageFont As LOGFONT	End Type	Private Const SPI_GETNONCLIENTMETRICS = 41	Public Function GetCaptionFont() As String		Dim NCM As NONCLIENTMETRICS		NCM.cbSize = Len(NCM)		Call SystemParametersInfo(SPI_GETNONCLIENTMETRICS, _			0, NCM, 0)		If InStr(NCM.lfCaptionFont.lfFaceName, Chr$(0)) _			> 0 Then			GetCaptionFont = _				Left$(NCM.lfCaptionFont.lfFaceName, _				InStr(NCM.lfCaptionFont.lfFaceName, Chr$(0)) _				- 1)		Else			GetCaptionFont = NCM.lfCaptionFont.lfFaceName		End If	End Function

Keep in mind this function-GetCaptionFont-returns only the name of the font. However, all the other font information is there in the LOGFONT structures as well.

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