Please do not downvote without reading the question text. The headline is not as pointless as it may sound.

I'm looking for a serif or slab font that that comes out relatively large.

For example, a sans-serif font that turns out much larger than average fonts at the same pt-size would be Verdana:

Font size comparison, all fonts in 12pt All fonts shown at 12pt size

Edit: O.k. apparently the question gets downvoted because I didn't explain why I need this.

I would like a relatively large default font in the standard Windows menus.

However, if I set a relatively large font size, say 11 or 12pt, using Winaero Tweaker for example, then the ribbons in Microsoft Office become ridiculously large: MS Word Ribbon with Menu font size set to 11pt

I have found that the ribbons are at an optimum size if the Windows menu font is set no larger than 9pt: MS Word Ribbon with Menu font size set to 9pt

However, most fonts are so small that then the normal Windows menus in other Programs become tiny.

Therefore, I need a font that, at 9pt size, is as big as an average font at 11pt. I have found this now, for example with Vezus or Sanchez. I did not want to use Verdana because I find it too boring.

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    Can you explain why you need this? Can't you just adjust font size?
    – Wolff
    Commented Jul 15, 2021 at 17:47
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    I added the reason in the question.
    – David.P
    Commented Jul 15, 2021 at 18:26
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    OK, I didn't downvote though. But after you've added the reason your question becomes clear. Not really about graphic design though.
    – Wolff
    Commented Jul 15, 2021 at 20:07
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    Up voted to counteract the down votes, but I don't think this is a great question - not because there isn't value in the thought behind it. Determining typefaces with larger x-heights can often be very helpful. So I do "get it" and understand the reasoning quite well. I think it's a bad question because it's essentially a "Shopping List" question -- "find this for me" to a great degree.
    – Scott
    Commented Jul 15, 2021 at 22:21
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    Related: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/1359/…
    – curious
    Commented Jul 16, 2021 at 14:09

2 Answers 2


This is called x-height. I remember years ago, when the web was smaller I was comparing default Windows fonts and Verdana was the best. Verdana is a bit wider. Check IBM Plex (Mono), it is a good display font. My favorite is Mont but whatever. There are so many fonts at this present day. Looking at Google Font I think Comfortaa can be interesting. Very readable at 12px size.


OK found some:

font size comparison

All fonts at 12pt again.

Vezus is the current winner, size-wize.

I surely love me those slab fonts in menus:

Vezus 9pt Vezus 9pt

MetronicSlab 10pt Metronic Slab 10pt

Museo Slab 10pt Museo Slab 10pt

Sanchez 10pt Sanchez 10pt

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    Interesting look, maybe because it's new to you but if we follow proper design principles, these slab fonts are made for titles. I think serif fonts and slabs will eventually disappear because serif/slab parts will be seen as visual noise.
    – Komental
    Commented Jul 17, 2021 at 22:54

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