Fonts are made for different purposes; some look good on a restaurant menu, some look good on a website, some look good a business card, and comic sans looks bad everywhere. Some fonts are just easier to read than others and console apps are unlikely to use the same fonts that a word processor might. Command Prompt offers a modest selection of fonts that users can switch to. Microsoft has just released a brand new font for its new Terminal app called Cascadia Code. If you like it, you can install the Cascadia font in Command Prompt, and even PowerShell. Here’s how.
Install Cascadia Code
Cascadia Code is an open source TTF font. Go to its Github page and download it from the Releases tab. Once downloaded, you’re going to have to install it system wide in order to use it in Command Prompt or PowerShell.
To install the font, double-click the file and in the window that opens, click Install. Installation takes only a few seconds though you might have to authenticate with the admin account.
Cascadia Code font in Command Prompt
Now that the font has been installed, you can set Command Prompt to use it. Open Command Prompt and right-click the title bar. From the context menu, select ‘Properties’. Go to the Font tab, and look through the list of fonts under ‘Font’. Select Cascadia Code, and click OK. When you return to Command Prompt, it will be using the new font. Whenever you open it again, it will retain this setting.
You can do this for the current user, or for the admin user. It all depends on how you open Command Prompt.
Cascadia Code in PowerShell
To use Cascadia Code in PowerShell, you have to follow similar steps. Open PowerShell and right-click the title bar. From the context menu, select Properties.
Go to the Font tab, and look for Cascadia Code under the list of fonts in the Font section. Select it, and click OK. PowerShell will use Cascadia Code from this point forward.
You can change the font any time you want if you don’t like how it looks. Since Cascadia Code has been installed system wide, you will be able to use it in other apps that allow you to select a font. For word processors and/or design apps like Illustrator, Paint.net. and Photoshop, the font will be available for selection within the text tools.
This font was developed for the Terminal app so its focus is console users. You’re free to use it elsewhere but if it doesn’t look good in other projects, know that it isn’t exactly made for them.