The system font
is the font used for user interface display within the Max environment, such as column headings, dialog boxes, and so forth. There may be some cases where the font used in the Max user interface will not change with the system font. Also, the Max window
uses a separate font setting, which you change using the font panel
when the Max window is the topmost window.
One more important note: there is currently a limitation on how the system and fallback fonts are specified. Normally, the font menu
permits you to open the font panel
by choosing Show Fonts. However, in the case of the system and fallback fonts, Show Fonts is disabled in the font menu. If you have never picked the font you want to use for the system or fallback font before, you will need to use the font panel to choose it somewhere else in Max first, then return to the preferences window, where it will appear in the font menu to be chosen.