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Cascadia Code: The Perfect Font for VS Code and Terminal Users


Cascadia Code: A New Font for Visual Studio Code and Terminal




If you are looking for a fun, new, and modern monospaced font that includes programming ligatures and is designed to enhance the look and feel of your code editor and terminal, you might want to check out Cascadia Code. Cascadia Code is a free and open source font created by Microsoft that comes bundled with Windows Terminal, and is now the default font in Visual Studio as well. In this article, we will show you how to download, install, and use Cascadia Code in Visual Studio Code, Terminal, and Visual Studio.


How to Download and Install Fonts in Windows




Before we get into the details of Cascadia Code, let's quickly review how to download and install fonts in Windows. There are two main ways to do this: using the Microsoft Store or a web source.




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  • If you use the Microsoft Store, go to Settings > Personalization > Fonts > Get more fonts in Microsoft Store. Choose a font and select Get. The font downloads and installs automatically.



  • If you use a web source, such as GitHub or DaFont, download a font file to your computer. Unzip the file if it is a zip file. Locate the font file (usually in .ttf or .otf extension) and right-click and select Install. You may need to allow the program to make changes and trust the source. Windows installs the font to its operating system files.



To change the default font, go to Settings > Display > Font > Font Style. To install fonts from a folder, go to Control Panel > Appearance and Themes > Fonts > File > Install New Font. Navigate to the folder that contains the fonts and select them.


How to Download Cascadia Code from GitHub




Cascadia Code is hosted on GitHub, where you can find the latest version of the font, as well as the source code, documentation, issues, and contributions. You can also fork the project and make your own modifications if you wish.


There are different variants and formats of Cascadia Code available for download:


  • Cascadia Code: standard version of Cascadia that has ligatures



  • Cascadia Mono: a version of Cascadia that doesn't have ligatures



  • Cascadia (CodeMono) PL: a version of Cascadia that has embedded Powerline symbols



  • For each variant, there are ttf variable, ttf static, otf static, and woff2 formats. We recommend using ttf variable for most users, as it offers the greatest diversity of weight options (anything from 200-700) and has better hinting quality than other formats.



To download Cascadia Code from GitHub, go to the official releases page here: and choose the variant and format that suits your needs. Click on the file name to download it to your computer.


How to Install Cascadia Code in Windows




Once you have downloaded the font file, you need to install it in Windows. There are two ways to do this: using the right-click menu or using the drag and drop method.


  • To use the right-click menu, locate the font file (usually in .ttf or .otf extension) and right-click on it. Select Install for all users. You may need to allow the program to make changes and trust the source. Windows installs the font to its operating system files.



  • To use the drag and drop method, locate the font file and open another window with the Fonts folder. You can find the Fonts folder by going to Control Panel > Appearance and Themes > Fonts or by typing %windir%\fonts in the Run dialog box. Drag and drop the font file to the Fonts folder. Windows installs the font to its operating system files.



After installing the font, you may need to restart your applications for them to recognize the new font.


How to Use Cascadia Code in Visual Studio Code




Visual Studio Code is a popular code editor that supports many languages, extensions, and features. To use Cascadia Code in Visual Studio Code, you need to change the font settings in VS Code.


  • To change the font settings in VS Code, go to File > Preferences > Settings or press Ctrl+, to open the Settings tab. In the search box, type "font". Under Text Editor > Font, you can change the Font Family, Font Size, Font Weight, and Font Ligatures options.



  • To use Cascadia Code as your font family, type "Cascadia Code" in the Font Family box. You can also add a fallback font in case Cascadia Code is not available, such as "Cascadia Code", Consolas, "Courier New", monospace.



  • To enable font ligatures, which are special symbols that combine two or more characters into one, type "true" in the Font Ligatures box. Font ligatures can make your code more readable and elegant by reducing visual clutter and improving alignment.



  • To use stylistic sets and cursive italic, which are optional features that change the appearance of some characters in Cascadia Code, you need to add some additional parameters to the Font Family box. For example, to use stylistic set 1 (which changes the lowercase l to a curved shape) and cursive italic (which changes the italic style to a more handwritten look), you can type "Cascadia Code:ss01" in normal mode and "Cascadia Code:ital,ss01" in italic mode.



After changing the font settings, you should see Cascadia Code applied to your code editor. You can also preview the font by opening the Command Palette (Ctrl+Shift+P) and typing "Developer: Inspect Editor Tokens and Scopes". This will show you the font name, size, weight, features, and color of any text element in your editor.


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How to Use Cascadia Code in Terminal and Visual Studio




Cascadia Code is also compatible with Terminal and Visual Studio, which are other tools that developers use frequently. To use Cascadia Code in Terminal and Visual Studio, you need to change the font settings in these applications as well.


  • To change the font settings in Terminal, open Terminal and click on the down arrow next to the plus sign in the tab bar. Select Settings or press Ctrl+, to open the Settings.json file. In this file, you can change the fontFace, fontSize, fontWeight, and cursorShape options under profiles > defaults or profiles > list.



  • To use Cascadia Code as your font face, type "Cascadia Code" or "Cascadia Mono" in the fontFace option. To use Cascadia Code PL (which has embedded Powerline symbols), type "Cascadia Code PL" or "Cascadia Mono PL" instead.



  • Powerline symbols are special glyphs that create a colorful and informative status line for your terminal. They can show information such as git branch, python virtual environment, battery level, etc. To use Powerline symbols, you need to install a Powerline-compatible shell or application (such as Oh My Posh or Powerline-Shell) and configure it according to its documentation.



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