Windows PowerShell font and window is too small

Today when I opened a PowerShell window, I found that it opened maximized normally, but stayed that way for a few seconds only, before actually shrinking down to a very small size. This made the Windows PowerShell font and window too small to read and therefore unusable.

PowerShell font too small

Microsoft Windows PowerShell is a command-line shell and scripting language, built on the .NET Framework, designed for system administration, IT professionals and developers. If you are using Windows PowerShell 4.0, you might want to have a look at this Windows PowerShell 4.0 Guides from Microsoft.

PowerShell font too small

If you are facing this issue, where you find that your PowerShell font and window are too small to read, then this is what you need to do.

In Windows 8.1, go to the Start Screen, type powershell. On the Windows PowerShell result, right on it and select Run as administrator. Once the window opens on your desktop, right-click on the blue icon in the top left corner and select Properties.

Under the Font tab, increase the size. The default on my Windows 8.1 was 4×6. I changed it to 8×12. This worked for me. The PowerShell window was normal and usable.


If you wish you could change the font too, to make it more readable. Try Lucida Console and set its size to 16. Maybe that will work better for you.

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  1. Rafael Álvarez

    Hello, thank you very much, this really helped me. However when I close the Shell and restart it, the Font style returns to normal (only the Font type, not the window size). Any idea?

  2. coleydog

    For Win 8.1 On Start find PowerShell. Open file location. Open shortcut Properties (right click menu). Security tab -> Edit your permissions to Modify. Select Font tab. (skip errors – nothing is set hence problem) Select Font (I set Lucida Sans Size 16). Apply (changes). Security tab Edit permissions remove modify. Apply. All done.

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