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Windows 7: Ungrouping font families in Windows 7

08 Sep 2014   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
Ungrouping font families in Windows 7


We use are upgrading our digital signage software through the same vendor, and although I realize this is a software flaw, I am trying to find a work-around.

Their old software showed all fonts installed on the computer, ie: each typeface as it's own font listing. Their new software does not show any installed fonts that have been grouped into a family by Windows 7 other than the main font, ie: I can only select the Regular typeface, none of the grouped typefaces.

Our brand standards are very specific and I have 6 typefaces of Interstate that need to be used for various purposes like headlines, body copy, websites, etc.

Can someone help me to figure out how I can install our legal fonts separately so they don't automatically group in the Fonts folder?

I have seen some recommendations to use a font editor, and have downloaded FontForge, but have no idea what I'm doing once I'm in it. Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you!

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08 Sep 2014   #2

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

There usually is a second drop down next to the font family selection that lets you pick one of the styles in the font family. Does the UI for the program have that? Ie., where is says "Regular" can you change that?
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08 Sep 2014   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
Recognizing Font Families

Hi there, thanks for the reply!

Unfortunately there is no secondary box, the way they have written the software it reads the primary font in the family and offers software-generated styles of Normal and Italic, and weights of Light, Normal, Bold and Black. These do not read the actual font typeface that is installed, it just modifies the 1 original font.

I am a designer and have used font management software before, as well as all Adobe products for many years, so I'm familiar with the secondary box to choose the typeface, but this software does not have it. The only work-around I can see is to get the typefaces to each install as a separate font, that is the only way the software reads them from the Fonts folder.

I have spoken to the software company, and they acknowledge that it does not read family-grouped fonts, but have not offered and further support.
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