Determine the font of the messageboxes

Hi All,

I have a very basic Windows based .net application in which I have used messageboxes.  How can I determine/know the font of the messageboxes ?

OS used : Windows Server 2008 r2
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
do you have the source code? if so open the solution in Visual Studio. click on the control and look at its properties.
AndyAinscowFreelance programmer / ConsultantCommented:
That should be a system setting for a standard message box.  You can look at the font settings to determine which it is.
Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
Hi ankurdk;

The MessageBox only has a few properties that are available to be set or gotten but the Font is not one of them. So in answer to your question you can't. If you need that functionality you will need to create your own dialog box.
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DarrenSenior Software EngineerCommented:

As far as I am aware the default MessageBox will use the system font and size.

There is a static class SystemFonts that might be of help



Contains properties that expose the system resources that concern fonts.

There is also one that exposes the MessageFontSize


Hope this helps,



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Chinmay PatelChief Technical NinjaCommented:
Hi ankurdk,

If you used MessageBox.Show method and did not have your own custom message boxes or (any other mechanism to override default system behavior) - your messagebox would use the fonts defined by the system.

Don VonderBurgPresident/CEOCommented:
The standard MessageBox has limited settings. I wrote my own MessageBox routine and use that in all cases. I have more control that way.
ankurdkAuthor Commented:
Thanks All for your insights.  As precisely put by @Darren, there is a property SystemFonts.MessageBoxFont which does give the name of the font (in this case it is Tahoma) using the following VB.NET code :


So, technically, is this the system font. If so, can we change it ?
AndyAinscowFreelance programmer / ConsultantCommented:
As it is a system setting I would strongly recommend you do NOT change it.
ankurdkAuthor Commented:
Again, I thank all for their prompt valuable inputs.
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