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Changing the font in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

Discussion in 'General' started by Peter Schmitz, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. Peter Schmitz

    Peter Schmitz Administrator Staff Member

    Here's a fun little thing if you are into fonts, and customizing your tools. It is possible to change the default font used in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). Not only can you change the font used, or the size of the font, but if you would feel inclined to do so, you could even change the existing colour scheme (If, for instance, you want to change the standard function keyword colour from pink to something more funky).

    In SSMS, click on "Tools", and then select "Options". In the Options screen, then expand "Environment", and select "Fonts and Colors":


    As you can see, by default SSMS uses Courier New, size 10, but you can change the font used here, and there's a whole list of display items you can customize further if you want. The list gives you full control over a long list of functionality, the visualization of which you can tweak to your hearts content.

    Below you will find the full list of the individual elements:

    Plain Text
    Selected Text
    Inactive Selelected Text
    Indicator Margin
    Line Numbers
    Visible White Space
    Brace Matching (Highlight)
    Brace Matching (Rectangle)
    Breakpoint (Disabled)
    Breakpoint (Enabled)
    Breakpoint (Error)
    Breakpoint (Warning)
    Breakpoint - Mapped (Disabled)
    Breakpoint - Mapped (Enabled)
    Call Return
    Code Snipper Dependent Field
    Code Snippet Field
    Collapsible Text
    Compiler Error
    Current list location
    Current State
    Definition Window Background
    Definition Window Current Match
    Disassembly File Name
    Disassembly Source
    Disassembly Symbol
    Disassembly Text
    Error Message
    MDX Function
    MDX Property
    Memory Address
    Memory Changed
    Memory Data
    Memory Unreadable
    Other Error
    Read-Only Region
    Refactoring Background
    Refactoring Current Field
    Refactoring Dependent Field
    Register Data
    Register Data Changed
    Register NAT
    Smart Tag
    SQL Operator
    SQL Stored Procedure
    SQL String
    SQL System Function
    SQL System Table
    SQL CMD Command
    Stale Code
    Syntax Error
    Task List Shortcut
    Template Parameter
    Track Changes after Save
    Track Changes before Save
    Warning Lines PathXML Attribute
    XML Attribute Name
    XML Attribute Quotes
    XML Attribute Value
    XML CData Section
    XML Comment
    XML Delimiter
    XML Element Name
    XML Keyword
    XML Name
    XML Processing Instruction
    XML Tag Delimiter
    XML Text
    XSLT Keyword

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