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Windows 7: Deleting fonts and duplicates


13 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 
Deleting fonts and duplicates

When I try to delete a font (with no programs open), I am told it is "in use." I cleared all the TEMP files. Same result. When I drag the replacement font in, it asks me if I want to overwrite. If I say YES, it works, but then it leaves the old font and renames the new one with a 1 (and the next time with a 2, and so forth ... ). I don't want these fonts cluttering up my computer every time I edit a font. How do I get rid of them without affecting the system? And how do I keep the correct, original names without the numerals added to the end?

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15 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 ; Windows 7 x86 (Dec2008-Jan2013)
 
 

Font management software should help you with that.
There are a lot to choose from and some of them are free.

25 Font Management Tools Reviewed - Smashing Magazine
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16 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

So what you're suggesting is that Windows can't handle this simple task?
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16 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 8.1 ; Windows 7 x86 (Dec2008-Jan2013)
 
 

It can, but something is not quite right here. Normally Windows should delete a font without any problem, if that is not system protected font (like Segoe).

To figure out which process does not allow you to delete a font use
Unlocker 1.91 Released

Normally, to run unlocker on folder you need to right click on it and select Unlocker from the menu, but this does not work on Fonts folder in Explorer. So, use alternative file manager like Total Commander or Altap Salamander etc.

Unlocker will check all processes and will give you the process which is holding file from deleting.


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17 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Thanks for alerting me to the Unlocker program. Unfortunately, it works find in Total Commander (7.56) with everythingI tried, EXCEPT fonts. As with right clicking on fonts in Windows Explorer, the right click does not show the "Unlocker" option on the fonts folder. Any other ideas?
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17 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 8.1 ; Windows 7 x86 (Dec2008-Jan2013)
 
 

Interesting. I have tried in a Trial Version of Altap Salamander.
It works there. Here is a screenshot.


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18 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

I'm stumped. I downloaded Altap Salamander and nothing shows up at a right click on fonts, but everything shows up when I go to ordinary data files...
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18 Apr 2011   #8

Windows 8.1 ; Windows 7 x86 (Dec2008-Jan2013)
 
 

Nothing shows up on individual fonts, but I was talking about the folder Fonts. Also, try reinstalling Unlocker (since it was installed before Salamander).
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18 Apr 2011   #9

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

I got it. Instead of clicking on an individual font, I eight-clicked on the FONTS folder with Total Commander and got the information I needed. Thanks.
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