I’m still stuck with Windows 7 here (not that I’m not happy to avoid hardware upgrades for Windows 8).
Anyway … most of you use Windows Explorer or Computer or Libraries to keep track of your files.
For me, I was having trouble quickly reading my folder list because the font was not fixed width. This was a big deal, because I identify old class materials in folders and files with names like this (that are based on tags):
2013 Fall ECON 2020-1
It’s a lot easier to browse through them if the characters all line up.
But how to change the default font (Segoe UI, 9 point) in Windows Explorer?
The answer is hidden a bit. There are plenty of tutorials you can follow. But it’s a bit obtuse. Here you go:
- Right-click in your desktop.
- Choose personalize from the menu.
- Click Windows Color at the bottom (don’t ask why).
- Click “Advanced Appearance Settings …”
- From the "Item” drop-down menu, choose “Icon”
- Change your font.
I know … this sounds crazy … go through color and icon … but it works.
BTW: Not only did I choose a font that was fixed-width, I also chose one (Consolas) in which it’s easy to distinguish i I l L and 1, or 0 o and O.