My Favorite Programming Fonts for Visual Studio Development




I spend almost 6 hours everyday, working on Visual Studio. That makes me experiment with the type, color and size of the fonts I use in my IDE, to make my development environment look hot and fresh! Here’s a list of my favorite programming fonts. Please note that this list is just my personal preference.

Consolas

Consolas is a great font for Visual Studio development, designed by Luc(as) de Groot, for Microsoft’s ClearType font family. Consolas has proportions closer to normal text, which makes it more reader-friendly than many other monospaced fonts. I have a big LCD screen and I just love the way this font looks on it. Although it is a commercial font, it is bundled with Visual Studio. If you do not have the Consolas font on your machine, you can download the entire pack over here.

Note: You may also want to look at Inconsolata which is a free monospaced font inspired by the Consolas font and designed by Raph Levien.

Here’s how a Consolas 11 point looks

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DejaVu Sans

I am a huge fan of the DejaVu font family. Although the font looks similar to Consolas, I like the taller rounder characters and the extra whitespace (compared to Consolas) in this font. This font looks great when I am working on a dark background theme. You can download the font here (Just double click on the DejaVuSansMono.ttf file to install it and restart Visual Studio)

Here’s how a DejaVu Sans Mono 11 point looks

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Monaco

Monaco is the monospace font on the Mac. I like this font because its neat, has good amount of space between each line and the way it represents a 0 (zero) with a slash. I call it the ‘programmer’s font for designers’. You can download the font here.

Here’s how a Monaco 10 point looks

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Lucida Console

Lucida Console is a variant of Lucida Sans Typewriter with smaller line spacing. To be honest, I do not have any specific reason for using this font. I just like it.

Here’s how a Lucida Console 11 point looks

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Proggy

Proggy is a set of fixed-width screen fonts that are distributed in Microsoft's .fon format, the truetype (ttf) format, as well as XWindows. The font works fine on a Mac too. I particularly favor the Proggy Clean (Slashed Zero). You can download it here (ProggyCleanSZ.ttf)

Here’s a how a Proggy Clean (Slashed Zero) 11 point looks

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Courier New

I often use this font when I am working with my old desktop/laptops with non LCD display. Although this font may not be as attractive as the others listed in this post, I still prefer this font, since I have been using it for a long time. You may also want to look at AnonymousPro which is a modern serif font designed for LCD displays and scales well on high-res.

Here’s how a Courier New 11 point looks

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Well that was a list of my favorite programming fonts for Visual Studio. You may also want to look at a good article at CodeProject.com that lists 42 best monospaced fonts.

Feel free to share your favorite programming font using the comments section and happy coding!



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15 Responses to "My Favorite Programming Fonts for Visual Studio Development"
  1. Anonymous said...
    August 11, 2010 at 4:40 AM

    What about Envy Code R? It's awesome.

    http://damieng.com/blog/2008/05/26/envy-code-r-preview-7-coding-font-released

  2. creaothceann said...
    August 11, 2010 at 5:03 AM

    I program with Fixedsys Excelsior. Background color #0000A0 (how can you stand a white background?), font color #FFFF00, symbols (operators, braces etc.) #FFFFFF, comments #00FFFF.

  3. Anonymous said...
    August 11, 2010 at 5:31 AM

    Add 1 to the list of advocates for Envy - Check out the faculty of the mind theme:

    http://iridescence.no/post/The-Official-Faculty-of-The-Mind-Visual-Studio-Theme.aspx

  4. Anonymous said...
    August 11, 2010 at 6:46 AM

    Look at DroidSansMono - http://damieng.com/blog/2007/11/14/droid-sans-mono-great-coding-font

  5. Anonymous said...
    August 11, 2010 at 6:57 AM

    lol ... white editor background. you are not a serious coder

  6. Anonymous said...
    August 11, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    i'm a fan of profont myself:
    http://www.tobias-jung.de/seekingprofont/

  7. Anonymous said...
    August 11, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    I really like Meiryo UI, except that backslashes are displayed as the yen symbol. If someone would fix that, it would make my day.

  8. Jonathan said...
    August 12, 2010 at 7:13 AM

    I use ProFontWindows (even on a Mac)

  9. navsingh said...
    August 13, 2010 at 7:34 AM

    i like visual studio 2010,the gui is amazing

  10. Anonymous said...
    August 16, 2010 at 7:27 AM

    @Anonymous
    Why the hate for white backgrounds?
    I've been a 40+ hr/week coder for 15 years now, and I use a white background!
    I've tried light/dark versus dark/light, and for ME, I can see better/longer on white.
    YMMV but don't say we're not leet haxors if we dont use black...

  11. Ken said...
    August 17, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    For those who don't like anti-aliased fonts/ClearType, I'll put a word in for Andale Mono (info on wikipedia, download from sourceforge), formerly part of Microsoft's Core Fonts for the Web package.

    I also prefer a lighter background to a darker one (for some reason, it's easier on my eyes). However, I tone down the pure white background (255,255,255) to an ivory color, reducing some of the harshness of the blue (255,255,243).

  12. ssevrin said...
    October 1, 2010 at 2:00 AM

    You forgot MsMail3.
    Maybe not as beautiful as your fonts, but very efficient.

    http://ssevrin.wordpress.com/2010/09/30/font-speciale-developpeurs/

  13. Anonymous said...
    November 9, 2010 at 12:06 AM

    You forgot the marvellous PragmataPro. I've never seem a better monospaced font.

  14. Inoace said...
    November 18, 2010 at 11:58 PM

    I second PragmataPro. I love it.
    Consolas will also work if you want to save money for a font, but keep in mind how many hours you look at the typeface every day.

  15. Alan B said...
    December 9, 2010 at 3:13 AM

    Oh so you're not a serious coder now if you use a white background? Is this based on any evidence or just the usual coder received wisdom because all the cool programmer guys are saying it on some stupid forum?

    Jeeezis. I wish I was l33t enough not to use a white background.

 

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