Emacs version: GNU Emacs 25.3.1 (x86_64-w64-mingw32)

I have set up a shell-script which runs Emacs server at Windows startup as mentioned in Emacs Wiki. I have set up a shortcut on my desktop which I can double-click to run emacsclientw.exe with this command

H:\emacs-25.3-x86_64\bin\emacsclientw.exe -n -c -a ""

But emacsclientw.exe does not use the font I have specified in my init.el. This is strange, since everything else in my init.el works perfectly (macros, packages, etc).

How do I get emacsclientw.exe to use the font I have set up in my init.el?

I have this Elisp code in my init.el to set font and frame size on startup

;; Select a desirable font-size, frame position and frame size when Emacs starts up
(defun originalPosition ()
  (set-frame-font "Courier New-14" t t)
  (set-frame-position (selected-frame) 100 50)
  (when window-system (set-frame-size (selected-frame) 82 28))
  • Same problem here with Emacs 26.2, though not always. Sometimes Emacs daemon seems to catch up the right font. Interestingly, I'm experiencing no such issues at all with runemacs.exe.
    – Timm
    Nov 17, 2019 at 14:52
  • @Timm Exactly! Earlier I would start Emacs with runemacs.exe and never had this problem
    – aks
    Nov 17, 2019 at 15:03

1 Answer 1


I used default-frame-alist and it solves the issue.

(add-to-list 'default-frame-alist '(font . "Courier New-14")) ;; Font type & size

It is guaranteed to work, whether Emacs is launched normally or as a daemon.

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