[Fix] Bold and Italic Font Problem in Windows

After facing this weird and one of the most annoying problems in Windows 7, today I decided to share a working solution for it with all AskVG readers so that other people can fix it easily and quickly if they are also facing this irritating problem.

The problem is, sometimes the text in all windows, menus, icons suddenly starts showing in bold and italic font as shown in following screenshot:


As you can see it looks weird. Almost everything on screen is showing in bold and italic. When you open a program like web browser, Microsoft Word, etc, the program also shows text in bold and italic fonts.

The problem was new for me. I tried almost everything like re-applying default theme, resetting settings, running sfc /scannow command and many other things but all in vain.

I also searched on Internet to find a working solution. I found a few solutions but none of them worked for me. At last I was able to fix this problem myself using a very easy solution which I'm going to provide later in this article!

For your convenience, in this article I'm going to share all possible solutions which might fix this annoying problem. You can try them one by one until your problem gets fixed.

So without wasting time, lets start the tutorial to fix the most annoying bold-italic font problem in Windows:

  • Method 1: Apply default theme from Desktop Properties
  • Method 2: Reset default fonts settings
  • Method 3: Restore default registry settings
  • Method 4: Reinstall missing fonts in Windows

Method 1: Apply Default Theme from Desktop Properties

If you are facing this bold-italic font problem, first of all you should try to re-apply default theme using Desktop Properties.

1. Right-click on Desktop and select Personalize option. Windows XP users will have Properties option instead of Personalize.

2. Now apply default Windows theme.

This process will restore all customized font and color settings made by you in Windows theme like changing font type, font size, font color, etc.

If it doesn't fix the font problem, try the next one mentioned below.

Method 2: Reset Default Fonts Settings

In this step, we'll try to reset fonts settings in Windows.

1. Type fonts in RUN or start menu search box and press Enter. It'll open "Fonts" folder. Alternatively you can open the same folder using Control Panel window.

2. Now click on "Font settings" link present in left sidebar of Fonts window.


3. Now click on "Restore default fonts settings" button as shown in following screenshot:


4. That's it. Restart your system and it should fix the problem.

If it doesn't help, try the next method.

Method 3: Restore Default Registry Settings

Sometimes a few settings related to fonts in Windows Registry become corrupted which might also cause this weird bold-italic font issue. You can restore these Registry settings using following steps:

1. Download following ZIP file, extract it and run the extracted REG file. It'll ask for confirmation, accept it:

Download Registry Script

2. Restart your system and it should fix the problem.

Method 4: Reinstall Missing Fonts in Windows

If none of the above mentioned methods worked for you, this final method will definitely help you. In this ultimate method, we'll reinstall a few most common and widely used fonts like Arial, Time New Roman, Courier New, Tahoma, Verdana, Trebuchet MS, MS Sans Serif and Segoe UI in Windows.

Actually sometimes a required font gets deleted accidentally by a software program or an update. When Windows doesn't find that font, it starts showing the text using another variation of that font or the default font set in Registry.

For example, Windows Vista and Windows 7 use "Segoe UI" font and if "Segoe UI Regular" font is deleted, Windows starts showing the text using "Segoe UI Bold Italic" font which is a separate font in Windows.

That's the main reason behind this annoying font problem. What we can do to fix the problem? We can try to reinstall common fonts in Windows which will provide the missing font to Windows and it'll start showing things normally.

1. Download following ZIP file, extract it and you'll get a folder containing a few .ttf files which are actually font files.

Download Missing Windows Fonts

2. Now select all .ttf font files, right-click on any file and select "Install" option. Alternatively, you can open "Fonts" folder using the same step 1 mentioned in Method 2 and then drag-n-drop the downloaded .ttf font files in "Fonts" folder.

3. Windows will show a confirmation dialog box telling you "The font is already installed. Do you want to replace it?". Click on Yes button.

4. That's it. Once you copy all fonts in "Fonts" folder, restart Windows and it'll 100% fix the annoying bold-italic font problem.

PS: If you don't want to download the fonts or the ZIP file doesn't contain the missing font, you can manually extract all default fonts from Windows setup disc or ISO image using the steps mentioned in following tutorial:

How to Extract / Copy System Files from Windows XP, Vista, 7 or Windows 8 Setup?

Simply copy all .ttf files from "Windows\Fonts" folder present in setup disc and paste them in "Fonts" folder of your Windows.

Feel free to share your experience about this weird problem in your comment. Have you faced this problem in past? What did you try to fix the issue?

Also Check: [Fix] Bold, Blurry or Hard to Read Font Problem in Windows 8.1

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Posted in: Troubleshooting, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

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  • I was getting this issue when I accidentally deleted crucial system fonts for ex. Arial, Tahoma, Verdana, etc. Luckily I have Windows XP installation on another drive so I could simply copy those fonts from there :D

  • I think Segoe UI is default font in windows 7.

    Whatever thanks VG i was facing this problem 2 months ago. I'm trying to fix this problem but no help so i had to restore my system. But now you have updated this tutorial. I'm sure your method will be very helpful to a lot of user. Cheers!

  • @Ashok Singh Chauhan: Yes Segoe UI is the default font in Windows 7.

    I've never had this issue before, and nor do I know anyone who has. It seems very strange.

  • Same statement as macpro622776, never had such problem and it is very strange. This may be caused by excess of manipulation in system files, fonts and other standard Windows characteristics to apply 3rd party themes or other things.
    I try to mantain my system in its original state to avoid such weird behaviours.
    Great post VG.

  • Thanks man!! I got this prob in stick notes, after I tried to edit Seoge Script. NOw I installed that thing again using my Windows 7 DVD

  • Never had such a problem - neither on Windows XP nor on Windows 7.
    But great article though.

  • Thanks man,it's worked for me (windows xp).I've applied method 3.

  • By the way,very good article.I've searched on Google for hours before discover this article.Good job!

  • I would LOVE to have this problem! I have been trying to make the small fonts in many programs and Windows dialogues bolder and easier to read for years. Increasing the screen resolution just makes my screen size smaller. Increasing the Font DPI in the Windows Display settings screws up the spacing in most software. Changing the fonts in the theme helps in some places but not in many programs again.

    I wish you could reproduce the problem so I'd know what to change.

    So far the fonts that work for clear text reading are: (You may have to download some but they're free.)

    ProFontWindows - San Serif
    Euphemia - Sans Serif
    Kartika - Serif (the only legible Serif in Firefox!)
    Franklin Gothic Demi - Sans Serif (a semi bold)
    Verdana - Sans Serif

  • ...And yes, I always use Font Smothing and Clear Type Tuning.

    Tip: One thing I found recently to make text reading easier on a large LCD screen (particularly when surfing from far away, like the couch): In your video card's settings (whether ATI or Nvidia) set it to Interlaced instead of Progressive. In other words 1080i or 720i instead of 1080p or 720p.

    You can set it back to 1080p for watching movies but text is smoother, blacker and bolder in Interlaced mode. Personally, on a 32" LCD, I don't see a real difference in video quality when in 1080p mode, so I normally leave it at 1080i.

  • I installed a consumer preveiw (Well only the transformation pack, which means it could be uninstalled, or so i thought) of Windows 8, and since my laptop is custom made, and not factory, it told me my start up was damaged and needed to be repaired. Long story short, it deleted or corrupted my default font, and all ym words disappeared, this REALLY helped. I got everything back by reinstalling the fonts according to the last advice. Thanks so much.

  • VG

    ^^ Glad to help you. :)

  • Thank you so much! I was ready to do a system restore (and bye bye to some stuff I updated/installed) when I saw this! So much for lost fonts. Thank you again! :D

  • thanks a million for your very helpful and comprehensive guides :)
    I was really disapponted and sure that I have to restore my windows, but this article helped me a lot. method 3 worked for me.

  • Thankyou so much!!! It helps!!!!!! the italic font was really annoying me

  • and, you have a fantastic pr5 blog with so much quality articles, although our niche is different but i love your site

  • OMG thank you so much !!!! Method 4 work for me !!

  • Thanks You . it's is great .

  • Thanks! After uninstalling a program (I can't remember which one), it deleted some of my system fonts... your "method 4" worked.

  • OMG!!! You have no idea how u saved my day ♥ For three days this problem with icky bold letters in the menuboxes of my windows has annoyed me - like the box asking if you wish to delete something, text has bold letters.. Well nothing worked, and as I had no idea why it happened in the first place it was difficult to ask why and get help online too. Useless searches came up with to change a font in word or in a theme... not what was needed.. Until your page popped up that is! The first solutions didn't work - but #4. Download Missing Windows Fonts, and install them again - worked! SUPER FIX, so lots n lots of thanks from me :)

  • Thanks
    I was searching for default font :)

  • thank you, it's really worked (method 4) :)

  • Method 4 worked a treat for me. Thanks so much.

  • Thanks for the method, this stuff only affected a couple of my programs but still it was annoying. I used method 4 and read the extraction tutorial, turns out I had 40 or even more fonts went missing. Anyway thanks again man, take care

  • Thank you very much for helping me solve the problem
    I have tried using method 1 2 3 and success with method 4.
    Really big thanks

  • Thanks man.

  • Vishal, I love you man.

    Thanks so much for sharing these solutions - method 4 did it for me.

    I'll subscribe to your email newsletters for more good stuff like this.

  • VG

    ^^ You are welcome. :)

  • Wow, I am now had this problems. In my case, I narrow it to 2 things that I do before I get this problem.
    1.) I'm uninstall a game from default folder or installed on C: drive.
    ->Usually, I always Installing game in another drive, because I don't my C: drive get a lot of data traffic like Install & Uninstall program especially games which often only reside for a month then delete it. I got mistake downloading a game in drive C: , so I'm uninstall it from C: & re-install it to another drive.
    2.) I'm doing a full scan antivirus using Avast, and result some infected virus in many drive which some files were infected was in C:\Windows , cause I had troubled with Sality's virus before, I'm set to deleted all files that being flag infected, don't care what type of anomality that said, harm or not, just deleted it all.

    After do point 1 & 2, I'm restarted my Comp, then, the problem occurs & I don't know what to do.
    Hope this way could solve my problems.

  • I got a new Windows 8 laptop for school and all my courses require Times New Roman font, however my computer did not have "regular" for this font type. Drove me crazy! I downloaded the missing fonts and installed TNR - it solved the problem! Thank you very much!

  • Hi, I experienced this issue only in certain programs (all of my internet browsers, Office etc.), not in Windows itself, after uninstalling 4 or 5 games. I tried Methods 1 & 2 and they did not work. Method 4 worked perfectly. I strongly suggest you put the most effective method at the top of the list, or make a note at the beginning of this page that Method 4 is the most effective method, because after the first two methods failed, I started looking elsewhere for help. Thanks very much for this fix, and the zip. file containing the fonts.

  • Hi VG, i have this problem but its only happen in my browser (chrome and firefox) and fortunately my windows system didn't. So do you have any idea how to fix this problem ? i tried all your tips but none works. Help me please.

  • The Arial font in my W7 kept showing in Italic in all applications like browsers and Wordpad. I guess the font fiel was corrupted. I tried reinstalling it but didn't solve it before I downloaded the working fonts here. So the 4th option solved my font issue. Thank you!

  • Thank you so much. It works without needing to reformat my laptop. I've always had this problem. Its fixed now

  • Man, thank you so much! I love you for this! :D Method 4 was the one that helped- thanks for sharing the fonts!

  • THANK YOU!!!!!!

  • Thank you! Step 4 fixed it.

  • Thank you so much for getting me out of this annoying problem! I tried so many things but nothing worked until method 4. Thank you!!

  • Very Helpful ! hehe. thanks for the help

  • Thanks for the help! Suggestion #4 worked wonderfully.

  • Thanks, dude! Now it's back to normal. I used Method 2 and 4; it REALLY WORKS.

  • Thank you soooooo much. It's such a generous thing to do, providing detailed guidance. Like loads of others, I'd spent hours looking online and even the tech support I subscribe to who are usually great didn't come up with any of your suggestions. It was the final method, reinstalling all the fonts, which did the trick. Such a relief as I found reading italic font incredibly distracting.

  • thank you! #2 worked for me...lots of questions out there about this issue, but yours fixed it right away...



  • The final step fixed a very annoying and aggravating problem...all Times New Roman was italicized. Thanks for providing such a detailed and easily understood method of fixing the issue.

  • Thank you so much!, this was bugging the hell out of me! Method 4 Extracting Fonts from Windows 7 Disc worked for me!

  • The last option reinstalling the fonts worked, thanks!

  • Salut VG !

    je suis français, mon commentaire sera donc en français.
    MERCI BEAUCOUP !!! ça a fonctionné pour moi ! j'ai utilisé la méthode 4, car les autres ne fonctionnaient pas.

    Encore merci de ton aide, je retrouve enfin mon ordinateur comme avant !

    Bye ;)

  • Simply download this patch (yes it's safe), double click it, reboot or log off and then log back in. Voila = fixed 1drv.ms/1xjHd32

  • I've been struggling and Googling and asking random IT guys at computer shops. They only stared this blank stare at me. Number 4 fixed my problem. Thank you so much for your step by step explanation and it was so easy to do! You're the best!!

  • Had to go all the way to Method 4 but it worked. Thanks!!!!

  • Thank you so much for this - I've been trying for months to fix this and method #4 has done the trick!

  • Hey, just wanted to put out this info. and hopefully it'll help someone out there. First of all I tried methods #1 and #2 but it didn't work for me. I read methods #3 and #4 but since I use windows vista it was not a viable option for me, For me it ended up being as simple as changing the fonts in my options on Mozilla Firefox to Segoe UI and that did the trick, which by the way I did not know of this type of font until I read this blog. Thanks a bunch!!...

  • Thanks, this article was a lifesaver. I went through each step in order, but finally Method 4 worked like a charm.

  • I had an issue with font's not appearing correctly after I set my display to LARGE text, then set it back to SMALL. This has been bugging me [and one of my software vendors] for months! Ran across this post today, ran the reg fix and - snap! I'm in business! I'm a Win7 64 user

  • Thank you very much. Your port is very helpul!

  • Thanks the last option works perfect !!

  • Thanks. This was getting super annoying and #4 worked! Thanks again.

  • Last method work for me.
    I got this problem when I update my nvidia geforce 710m.
    Last method fix everything for me. Thank you.

  • THANK YOU! This has been driving me crazy for weeks. Method #4 worked for me.

  • Thanks worked for me..looked all over for fix and finally this one worked.

  • Thank you,, it was helpful

  • Option 3 worked a treat - it seemed to happen after I updated Java when I came into work.
    Ta very muchly!

  • Thanks! Method no 4 works! Really appreciate this! :DD

  • Thank you!!! I've been searching for weeks!!! Looks like I had to reinstall the fonts. It was mainly Times New Roman that was Italicized. I've noticed that Facebook looks different, either there's a font that I didn't reinstall that's affected, or they changed the way the display is. Times New Roman was the most important for sure, so thanks! :)

  • Thanks mate, I am truly appreciated. The number four worked for me!!!

  • I dont usualy post on sites like this but this tutorial really helped me, thanks a lot, that thing was bothering me and i couldn`t find a solution for it

  • You're awesome, for me it was the missing font. Thanks a lot!

  • Thanks for the solution to a nagging problem.

    I have been struggling with corrupted screen fonts for the past 5 days. The problem occurred out of nowhere last Monday morning. I do not shut my Dell Win7 PC down at night, I installed no windows updates, and did not download any content. Despite this the screen fonts in Firefox 46 appeared bold and italicized. Non browser apps were not affected. IE 11 fonts were bold but not italicized.

    I tried every Firefox forum suggestion to no avail. Dell paid technical support had no idea what to do beyond a destructive refresh (factory resetting) of both browsers.

    I arrived at this page using Google search and after every method failed to correct the problem, I tried the 7-zip extract procedure (painful as it was) and that solved the problem. I replaced every font using my Win7 Pro Installation disk.

    Thanks again. You are the only one that got it right.


  • OMG, thank you SO much! Nothing worked except the very last one (installing/re-installing fonts). You're the only one that got it right. I'm so grateful!

  • Bless You!!!! A thousand thank yous!!! After spending about 20 hours trying to figure out why my chrome browser fonts all changed to italics, I just stumbled across your website. The first 3 steps did not help me but followed your 4th step and redownloaded all the ttf fonts. I did a restart and low and behold it worked!!! Thank you ever so much. I will pay it forward given the opportunity! God bless you!!!!

  • Restoring all the windows 7 font Method #4 worked for me.

  • My situation is weirder .
    It happen on my Ms Office Words 2013.

    The fonts I using is Arial.
    When i press Bold, the format change into ITALIC&BOLD.

    any solution ?


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