Alternate font

WTSupported in traditional Synergy on Windows




The ALT_TYPE_FACE environment variable sets the typeface of the alternate font if an alternate font is not otherwise specified.


The name of the desired Windows font (or typeface).


Synergy/DE on Windows uses the specified typeface for application windows greater than or equal to 132 columns (if automatic font switching is enabled).

If you want to specify a new font using ALT_TYPE_FACE, it should be a font that comes in standard Windows packages.

You may want to use a fixed font, because the character columns will always have the same alignment from row to row (as they would on a VT‑100 or other text terminal), and text positioning will remain consistently aligned. We recommend that you use a fixed font when doing non‑Toolkit processing.

Another style consideration when choosing a typeface is whether you want a serif or a sans‑serif font. Serifs are the little strokes (or “feet”) at the ends of a letter’s main strokes. A sans‑serif style does not have these ending strokes. Serif typefaces are generally recommended for larger bodies of text because the serifs on each letter can help guide the eyes. Sans‑serif typefaces work well for short phrases, headings, and small amounts of text.

To find a list of available typefaces, open the Character Map utility (in the Accessories group). The typeface names are case sensitive.

We recommend that you use the FONT_ALTERNATE environment variable rather than ALT_TYPE_FACE.

Setting location

The environment or the [synergy], [dbr], or [myprog] section of synergy.ini (where myprog is any .dbr file).

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See also


In the synergy.ini file,