MS Access: MS Sans Serif Missing in Windows 7

When Windows 7 and Vista are installed on a system which has a high resolution monitor, the display adapter detects this, at the time of installation and sets the display font size to 125%

When you reset the font size to 100%, it impacts on MS AccessMS Sans Serif disappears from the available font list.

MS Access appears normal in Windows XP:

MS Sans Serif is present in XP

The effect is to screw up the way that some fonts render – where a Microsoft Access database uses MS Sans Serif, a substitute font is used which renders as a larger font.  (This distortion may also happen other applications which use the same font – see this post)

MS Sans Serif is Missing in Windows 7:

MS Sans Serif is Missing in Windows 7:

To fix it you need to add the following to the registry:

Open a blank text file and copy in the following between the lines of asterisks


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionFonts]

“MS Sans Serif 8,10,12,14,18,24″=”SSERIFE.FON”

“MS Serif 8,10,12,14,18,24″=”SERIFE.FON”

“Courier 10,12,15″=”COURE.FON”


Save as FontFix.reg, or download it from here then unzip it, double click the file and add it to the registry.

Log off and log on again and when you look in the list of fonts MS Sans Serif will have returned

Before  – MS Sans Serif missing:

MS Sans Serif absent in MS Access

After – MS Sans Serif present:

MS Sans Serif Present in MS Access

The articles below explain in detail:

Windows 7, bitmap fonts and Microsoft Dynamics GP

More on Windows 7, bitmap fonts and DPI settings

See also  

3 Responses to MS Access: MS Sans Serif Missing in Windows 7

  1. hoang October 26, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    can fonts ms sans serif

  2. Chandler Anthony October 24, 2017 at 7:31 pm #

    I have done the fix and it still has huge fonts on my graphs. I downloaded it, ran the program and restarted my computer. The font show up, but the problem still hasnt been fixed.

    • Alan October 30, 2017 at 10:39 am #

      Hi there – If MS Sans Serif is showing in the list of fonts available within Access you might need to change the font size. However, this post was written in 2010, so it is quite possible that the fix no longer works.

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