From: Jerome Shidel <>

> On Jan 5, 2017, at 8:30 PM, Ralf Quint <> wrote:
>> On 1/5/2017 5:24 PM, Gordon wrote:
>> That's what I was wondering -- can you install a larger font to get
>> larger characters, or will the window still be the same size so you just
>> get less lines and characters per line?
> That font being used is still a matter of your host environment, and as
> far as the number of lines is concerned, unless you play with VGA
> register level functions, it's 40x25,80x25 or 80x43 for an EGA
> compatible video adapter or 80x50 for a VGA adapter. You need to realize
> that DOS is plain text base, it just displays characters the way the
> video adapter does. And DOS does not have any direct functions to change
> that...

You are correct. DOS really has nothing to do with the font.

However, in DOS you can use tools to load a custom font. Many systems support
running fonts that can range from 8x8 to 8x26 pixels. So, the number of lines
of text can range from about 15 to 50. There is some stuff the BIOS can do to
provide things like a 9x16 font. But those are really just playing games with a
8x16 character.

Anyhow, you can use custom font tools to run the larger (or smaller) fonts.
These will not change the size of the screen. They will just effect the height
of the character and how many lines of text you get. That can be useful as well

If you install the extra package PGME (Program Manager Eternity) that is
included on the 1.2 CD and Big USB image, you can easily play with bigger fonts
in text mode. PGME is a dos menu system and program launcher. It has built in
support for using custom fonts and one of its default menus includes viewing
its documentation using a BIG (8x26) font. Included with PGME is the "Eternity
Font Designer" to create and modify the type of fonts used by PGME. There are
also command line utilities to convert to and from plain raster fonts (like
those in the GNU Fonts package) to the format used by PGME. There are also
tools to load the fonts from the command line or even turn them into
stand-alone TSR programs.

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