Font Management

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April 27, 2009 at 02:32:41
Specs: Win XP Pro, intel Core 2 2.4GHz / 3Gb
I have built up a large collection of fonts on my
PC, many of which are outdated or I have no
use for. I also have a new package of fonts
that I would like to use.

Obviously I do not want to delete important
system fonts - is the only way to remove the
old and install the new to go through each font,
check if it is a 'default' font, and if not delete in
individually? Is there any software that can
remove all non system default fonts to start a
fresh?

Thanks for any help.


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#1
April 27, 2009 at 05:01:45
The only Fonts I know of are at
Display Properties,
then Appearance tab,
then Advanced button.

You could write down each font name that shows up when you
click on each item in the 'item' drop down list.
Then delete all other Fonts shown in C:\WINDOWS\Fonts

EDIT ----
Then again, my web browser, Netscape, uses Windows Fonts also.
AND maybe many other Programs that do not include their own fonts.


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#2
April 27, 2009 at 06:02:47
Thanks for the reply - I have a list of default fonts from the
internet but I was wondering if there was a simpler way of
removing all non-system fonts in one go, rather than having to
check each one to see if it is on the list (which will take
hours)

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#3
April 27, 2009 at 08:05:59
Check out our 2005 post HERE. The thread includes a link to a page that list the fonts you should not be deleting.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#4
April 27, 2009 at 10:16:18
Thanks for posting, I have a list of the fonts not to delete
already, I was just wondering if I have to delete every non-
system font automatically, or will have to go through each font
individually?

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#5
April 27, 2009 at 12:13:07
Why are you worried about removing ANY fonts. They aren't taking up much space. I suggest you leave them installed.

Once you set a font a the default for a program it won't change unless you change it. So any additional fonts on your system are not a problem.


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#6
April 28, 2009 at 00:58:47
I want to remove fonts because I am a graphic designer and I
have hundreds on the system, so when I want to find a useful
font I constantly have to look through lots that I don't want just
to find something worth using. I now have a new quality font
collection but I want to clear all the non-essential fonts on the
system before installing the new ones.

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#7
April 28, 2009 at 01:54:34
hi
heres a googled list

http://www.kayskreations.net/fonts/...


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#8
April 28, 2009 at 02:02:53
Thanks for posting, but as I said I already have a list, I am
looking for a way to automatically remove non-essential fonts
rather than have to check each one individually against the
list, as that will take a long time.

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#9
April 28, 2009 at 03:42:24
What would you describe as NON essential? I think that is subjective. There are only three or four fonts that seem to be defaults. Even then I think Windows would substitute if need be. Look at the link below.

http://www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/...


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#10
April 28, 2009 at 03:46:21
"What would you describe as NON essential? I think that is
subjective"

That's a fair point, I guess because it is a subjective thing
there can be no automated way of doing it. Looks like I will
have to go through manually then, and this time use font
management software to maintain the collection a bit better.


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#11
April 28, 2009 at 04:48:05
Did you look at the link above. Shows essential fonts for each version of Windows. I guess you need to keep them at the very least. You could move all the old fonts to a renamed folder and still keep them. Just copy the essential ones back to the default folder along with your new fonts.

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#12
April 28, 2009 at 05:00:27
I think that is what I am going to have to do othehill - I was
hoping there might be a way to 'reset' the fonts back to the
original XP installation ones, without having to hand pick each
one.

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#13
April 28, 2009 at 05:12:51
There is a way to do that but you wouldn't like it. It is called a system repair. That would put Windows back to the original state. You would then need to re-install all the software and service packs. That is more work than your other alternative.

According to the link I provided above there are ONLY 29 default fonts. If you copy and paste all the existing fonts to a different folder (you never know when you may need them) and then you can highlight just the 29 fonts and use "invert selection to highlight all the remaining fonts. Then hit delete. Viola, all gone except for the 29 needed.

In case you don't know how to selectivly high light files you click on them while holding down the shift key or the control key. Control will allow random selection, Shift is for many in order.

After the list of 29 is highlighted go up to Edit and use invert selection to high light all BUT the 29.


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#14
April 28, 2009 at 05:42:03
For some reason I didn't even consider invert selection, and
yet it seems to perfect! Thanks for the tip, that will make
things much easier :o)

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#15
April 28, 2009 at 05:53:29
No problem

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