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Managing Fonts

A font is a collection of letters, numbers, symbols, and other characters that describes a certain typeface, along with size, spacing, and other qualities. Windows includes dozens of fonts used to display text onscreen and in print. Most of these are TrueType or OpenType fonts, which look smooth and clear in all sizes and on all output devices. Windows also supports PostScript fonts, with no need for Adobe Type Manager. You'll also find a few hideous bitmapped fonts, called raster fonts, included for compatibility with older programs. You manage fonts in the Fonts folder.

If you want a font that prints well and is easy to read on the screen, use a TrueType or OpenType font. If you need a large character set for language coverage and fine typography, use an OpenType font. For printing glossy magazines and professional-quality publications, use an OpenType or PostScript font.

For more font information, visit Look for a list of font foundries where you can buy high-quality fonts online. You also can download lots of free fonts, but they're rarely of good quality. (Make sure that you trust the source when you download a font.)

To open the fonts folder:

  • Choose Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Fonts (Figure 4.72).

    Figure 4.72

    Figure 4.72 Choose views_btn.jpg > Tiles (on the toolbar) to see each font's name, styles, and show–hide status.


    Choose Start, type fonts in the Search box, and then press Enter.


    In Windows Explorer, open the folder \Windows\Fonts.

To view or print a font:

  • In the Fonts folder, double-click the font's icon (Figure 4.74).

    Figure 4.74

    Figure 4.74 Font styles (regular, bold, italic, and so on) in the same font family appear in the Fonts folder as "stacks" rather than as individual icons (top). Double-click a stack to see the individual fonts (middle). Double-click an individual font to preview it in Font Viewer (bottom).


    In the Fonts folder, select one or more font icons; then press Enter or click Preview (on the toolbar).

    Windows displays font statistics, the full alphabet, and a type sample at various sizes. Click Print to print a font sample.

To install a new font:

  • Right-click the font that you want to install and then choose Install (Figure 4.75).

    Figure 4.75

    Figure 4.75 You can highlight and install multiple fonts at the same time.


    Drag a font file into the Fonts folder.

To remove a font:

  • In the Fonts folder, right-click the font's icon and choose Delete.


    In the Fonts folder, select one or more font icons; then press the Delete key or click Delete on the toolbar.

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