Geertjan's Blog

  • June 10, 2015

Consolas 18 Bold

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

What's your favorite font in NetBeans IDE? For me, I really like "Consolas 18 Bold". 

It always looks really good and sharp: 

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Comments ( 11 )
  • Jens Hofschröer Thursday, June 11, 2015


    I also switched to Consolas, but in 14pt and plain.


  • guest Thursday, June 11, 2015

    Why Netbeans? I don't have this font.

    Linux Gentoo

  • guest Thursday, June 11, 2015

    Yes, excellent readability, but it is necessary to take into account that with the bold attribute is lost such a nice functionality of NetBeans as the accenting by bold the first sentence in the JavaDoc. Also the names of static methods with italic style become less conspicuous.

  • miso Thursday, June 11, 2015
  • miso Thursday, June 11, 2015

    But DejaVu Sans Mono is more readable for me.

  • alex Thursday, June 11, 2015

    Now that you brought up fonts, it would be cool if IDEs would not offer proportional fonts for code editors.

    Fwiw, I always go with the defaults. Defaults usually point to system fonts and system fonts are good enough (otherwise my eyes would hurt just looking at the desktop).

  • guest Thursday, June 11, 2015

    I really like Source Code Pro. It's very readable and easy to distinguish between the number 1 and letter "l"

  • guest Friday, June 12, 2015

    Consolas has become my standard Windows text editor font. Very easy on the eye and no confusion between characters. I wouldn't set it to bold though as you would miss out on some syntax highlighting niceness.

    I still prefer old-fashioned Courier New with web browsers and Lucida Console for terminals.

  • guest Friday, June 12, 2015

    I've been using Monospaced 11 lately. Consolas is too "squished" horizontally for me, even at larger sizes. I used to use ProggyCleanTTSZ in non-Java-based editors (which I liked a LOT) but it doesn't render well in NetBeans - the letters get color pixelated on the edges.

    I find that I prefer having a wider font at smaller sizes, as opposed to a narrower font at larger sizes. I'm old enough that I wear bifocals now and everything's out of focus anyway unless I ride them down my nose quite a way. :)

  • Smurfi Monday, June 15, 2015


    I also use Consolas, but in 14pt, I think Consolas should be standard in Netbeans.

  • jor Monday, June 15, 2015
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