Kirkburn George Marbulcanti

ClearFont 2


Modifying ClearFont
AddOn Overrides
Known Issues
Other Info

ReadMe.txt - ClearFont (Original)

This page is the most up-to-date location for help customising ClearFont (original).
Info mostly updated for ClearFont v20000-2.


a. Installation

b. Modifying ClearFont

c. AddOn Overrides

d. Known Issues

e. Other Info

a. Installation

Remember to delete previous versions when updating!

Step One   (updated for v20000-2)

Simply unzip the files and place the ClearFont folder in the [WoW directory]\Interface\AddOns\ folder.

Step Two

This part overrides all the remaining WoW fonts - including the login screens! (this is included in the UI site downloads)


To uninstall, just remove the !ClearFont and Fonts folders.

b. Modifying ClearFont

Switching between supplied font packs   (updated for v20000-2)

Refer to "How to use the font packs.txt" in the AddOns\ClearFont\ folder for more details.

Note that you can download the Font Pack from: .

Changing the main UI font styles

The ClearFont.lua file can be edited easily in notepad, and is annotated with extra information to help guide you.
Refer to ClearFont.lua for more details.

Remove the bold / italic / number substyles (without changing any code)

You can easily remove the different styles by copying over some files.

Using your own fonts and font packs   (updated for v20000-2)

A font pack can be downloaded from:!
It includes Perspective Sans, Baar Philos, Baar Sophia, Francophil Sans, Lucida Grande, Lucida Sans Demibold, Teen, Tin Birdhouse, and Bitstream Vera Sans.
It is simple to switch between fonts - check 'How to use the font packs.txt' in the AddOns\ClearFont folder.

If you would prefer to use your own font, I suggest creating a new font pack folder (e.g. Interface\AddOns\ClearFont\Fonts\YourFont).
Create the 5 font files that ClearFont uses (ClearFont.ttf, ClearFontBold.ttf, ClearFontItalic.ttf, ClearFontBoldItalic.ttf, and ClearFontNumber.ttf).
Next, follow the instructions in the "How to use the font packs.txt" file :)

If you want to do more advanced changes, this is also possible, and quite easy to do:
You can set up your own typeface styles near the start of the lua file, by following the given example in the lua.
Look for the relevant section in the ClearFont.lua file and change font styles to your own choices.

The fonts you choose to use must reside somewhere within the WoW directory, and should be TTF files. Other font file types may not work.

Changing text size   (new with v11100-2)

There are two options - you can edit the specific line you want to change or you can change all sizes in one swoop:

You can change the scale of all the fonts by editing the CF_SCALE line in the ClearFont.lua and ClearFontAddons.lua files.
Examples follow:

c. Addon Overrides

Currently implemented overrides   (updated for v20000-2)

See ClearFontAddons.lua for details. The overrides disabled by default.

Some addons may require Step Two of the install process, e.g. SCT (set font to default)

Modifying/removing the addon overrides

The addon override code follows a very similar format to the normal overrides.
Refer to the file ClearFontAddons.lua for more details.

To remove the all Addon overrides, delete the line ClearFontAddons.lua from ClearFont.toc

Step Two of the install - a simple and fast manual override

Follow Step Two of the install process (see Installation).

If SCT is not overridden by this, make sure the options are set to defaults, or follow the below.

How to override addons that use/supply their own fonts

Certain addons come with their own fonts which are easily overridden (if not already done so via my coded overrides)
In each case you can use a renamed copy of ClearFont.ttf in place the the supplied font.

If you mention the addon name to me, I'll see if I can add a specific override to the next CF version.

d. Known Issues

Text too large?

In many cases ClearFont makes the text size slightly larger.
Therefore, in some rare cases text may slightly overlap the bottom of some frames, such as in the Honor Panel.

See Modifying ClearFont for methods for changing the text sizes, if necessary.

Text showing as '...'?   (appearing after patch 1.11)

This appears to be the result of a bug in WoW, and affects those with a screen resolution of around 1680x1050.
It is related to the UI scale, and is easily resolved!

e. Other Info

Worried about slowdown / the download size?

Although ClearFont may seem a large download (due to the inclusion of the font files), the actual in-game memory footprint is tiny.
It should have little effect on load times as it merely replaces fonts rather than adds extra 'functions' to WoW.

Does ClearFont use a Saved Variables file?

Currently ClearFont does not use these - this may change in the future, when I get around to coding the giant options menu.

People to thank!

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April 2014