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Windows 7: Far too many fonts in Windows 7 and 8


20 Nov 2013   #1

Windows 7x64 + XP Mode
 
 
Far too many fonts in Windows 7 and 8

I did a clean install of Windows 7 in February. My fonts folder now contains 802 items. I only installed 5 of them myself. The rest clutter up the drop-down lists in Word, etc., because hiding them in Ctrl Panel, Fonts, does no good whatever.

If I try to delete all the foreign-language fonts, they're protected system fonts. If I take ownership of the folder and delete only foreign fonts I don't use, eg Chinese, Microsoft Office goes into a tizz the next time I open it and tries to reinstall the lot.

I've given up trying to rationalize them. But I've also given up trying to choose fonts from the dropdown lists, because it's too hard to find a nice one among the Gungsuhs and Kazukas. I can't even tell which ones are in Latin alphabets.

Is there any decent freeware program that would let me display only Latin alphabets? I'm tired of always using Times New Roman because it's too hard to find a good-looking alternative in my language group.

Mary


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20 Nov 2013   #2

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Normally, once you use a font, it gets placed in a short list at the top of the long list. I never have problems finding my favorite fonts there. 802 is an awful lot, though.
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22 Nov 2013   #3

Windows 7x64 + XP Mode
 
 

I know about the top of the list for recently used fonts. My problem is trying to find a different font for a particular purpose, for instance to add italic lettering in Photoshop. Looking down the list of fonts is mind-numbing. I can't even guess which are in a Latin alphabet. It's easy enough to guess with 'Arabic typesetting' or 'Adobe Fan Heiti', but what about 'Algerian' 'Frank Ruehl' 'Ebrima'?

What I'd like is a 3rd party viewer that would let me make a list of fonts I want to choose among---and see which are Latin. Ctrl Panel Fonts previews displays every font with a Latin alphabet, even ones like Arabic typesetting.

An incidental question. 'Windows-compliant' programs are not supposed to display fonts that I hide via Ctrl Panel, Fonts, Hide. Just what is a Wins compliant program? Not Word or Excel, not Omnipage or Photoshop. Are there in fact any programs that hide user-hidden fonts?

Mary
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22 Nov 2013   #4

Summary Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 CPU AMD Athlon II X2 250 23 C
 
 

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22 Nov 2013   #5

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MBernard View Post
I know about the top of the list for recently used fonts. My problem is trying to find a different font for a particular purpose, for instance to add italic lettering in Photoshop. Looking down the list of fonts is mind-numbing. I can't even guess which are in a Latin alphabet. It's easy enough to guess with 'Arabic typesetting' or 'Adobe Fan Heiti', but what about 'Algerian' 'Frank Ruehl' 'Ebrima'?

What I'd like is a 3rd party viewer that would let me make a list of fonts I want to choose among---and see which are Latin. Ctrl Panel Fonts previews displays every font with a Latin alphabet, even ones like Arabic typesetting.

An incidental question. 'Windows-compliant' programs are not supposed to display fonts that I hide via Ctrl Panel, Fonts, Hide. Just what is a Wins compliant program? Not Word or Excel, not Omnipage or Photoshop. Are there in fact any programs that hide user-hidden fonts?

Mary
Check your installed Windows updates to see if you installed a language pack. If so, uninstall it.
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