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How to Change the Font in GVIM

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Gvim, the graphical version of vim is a pretty cool addition to your existing vim editors. However, sometimes the default font seems to be lacking and you may want to change it.

To do that, first go into your preferences and select the font you wish to use. In Windows, this is Edit -> Select Font.

Then, in command mode, type

:set gfn?

You should get something like at the bottom of this picture: [caption id=”attachment_309” align=”aligncenter” width=”300” caption=”Font name as described by GVIM”][/caption]

This step is important, as it tells you how vim sets the font name

In my case, I chose the Windows font Lucida Console at 12 pixels, so GVIM shows it as


What we need to do, is now edit your


and add the following line:-

set guifont=Consolas:h12:cANSI

The next time you launch GVIM, the default font should be Lucida Console.