How do I change the font used in macOS Sierra? Has Apple actually taken away the ability to set the font?

Currently in macOS Sierra the SFMono font bundled with the app seems to be in use. I cannot find any menu item for fonts, nor can I find any toolbar button available for accessing fonts.

The context-menu for the content of a Console.app window offers a Font > Show Fonts item. The standard font-picker appears. But choosing fonts in the picker has no effect on the Console.app window.

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    It looks, like there's still no solution for Console.app here in 2020 (facepalm). Fortunately we can just use commandline tail, like tail -f /var/log/some.log. Viva la Terminal! :D
    – biesior
    Commented Sep 16, 2020 at 0:49
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    tail won't help you with the MacOS new logging system (os_log) that does NOT save logs in text files. you could use the "log stream" or "log show" in Terminal and see logs - but Console.app does MUCH MORE than this. It gives you queries and filters, and selection of columns, and what-not. Terminal is no replacement for Console. Commented Jul 27, 2022 at 7:37

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Unfortunately you can't change the font for Console.app OOTB with macOS 10.12.x.

Console.app uses the font that is located in the application itself ^. If you delete it, which is not recommended, the default font it will revert to Helvetiva.

^ /Applications/Utilities/Console.app/Contents/Resources/Fonts/.

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    This is not answering any of the OP's question - about display SIZE and not font/type. The SFMono embedded in Console.app, is a normal font (available also independent of the Console.app) that can render in any size - so there's no point in replacing it with a different font. The issue is NOT with the font. Commented Jul 27, 2022 at 7:34
  • @MottiShneor No, I did not ask about size. I was indeed asking to swap out the font for another. I paid money for the Pragmata font by Fabrizio Schiavi, a distinctly better monospaced font. So I’d like to use it in Console app. Commented Jul 27, 2022 at 9:07
  • Sorry then... my bad. I would guess you could replace the app internal font resource with your own - but that would break Console.app code-signing and I think some Apple apps now are even protected by SIP against ANY change, except by MacOS software update mechanism. Commented Jul 28, 2022 at 10:03
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    It's me who want to increase the font size, without success... Commented Jul 28, 2022 at 10:03

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