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Newbie Notes: Fonts 3

May 18, 2010

So…you have accumulated lots, and lots, of lovely fonts. Script fonts, titling fonts, decorative fonts. Handwriting fonts. Dingbat fonts. How are you ever going to remember what they look like so that you can choose the perfect one for your artwork? Some programs like Publisher and Word display the font name in the font on their dropdown menus, which is very helpful. Some programs, like Photoshop (!) don’t.Β  But that only covers your installed fonts. If you have become a true collector, you will have many, many more fonts and you just can’t/shouldn’t install them all in the Fonts folder in your Control Panel.

It helps to organize all your fonts into folders by category. I often type out a selection of the letters, especially with dingbat fonts, and then display it as my folder image. (See Newbie Notes: folder.jpg, Please!”) That way I can remind myself of what the font looks like. But even better than this, you can use a Font Viewer…

There are many of these in existence, and many of them are Freeware. The one I know the best is The Font Thing by Sue Fisher. This is a program that you install on your computer. With it you can browse installed and uninstalled fonts, browse fonts in subfolders as a single combined list, view sample text and individual characters…check out all the details at Sue Fisher. Download is from cnet.

Just recently I discovered My Fontbook, which is an online font viewer for all your installed fonts. Nothing to install, free to use, but you need to register to save your tags and ratings. I’m looking forward to exploring this one more thoroughly. There is a 4-minute video tutorial here on YouTube.

Both The Font Thing and My Fontbook can take a while to be ready for action. This of course is dependant on how many fonts you have and also on your system parameters. You may not be able to do anything else on your computer while you are waiting for everything to load. But don’t conclude that it is not working if at first nothing seems to be happening.

Have you used a different font viewer? Do you have a particular recommendation? What is your favourite Font tip?

Addendum to NN: Fonts 2 – My dear friend Limar sent me a link to Font Garden. It sells fonts but has an extensive free archive as well. All I can say is – enter at your own peril!

Thanks, Limar, for sharing.

I think!Β  πŸ˜‰

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. justmoimoi permalink
    May 19, 2010 2:57 am

    I love the font thing, but it doesn’t work with Windows 7 :(, so I have to use another font viewer, but I miss it.

    • May 20, 2010 6:50 am

      There are several “workarounds” and other options mentioned on the Windows 7 Forums ~here~.
      Might be worth a try?

  2. May 19, 2010 8:13 am

    You’re welcome, my friend πŸ™‚ Here’s another link for you to even more links πŸ˜€

  3. July 5, 2010 7:42 pm

    I so agree re the addiction to fonts… I’ve lost count of mine.

    I’m using AMP Font Viewer (free download from Snap Files: and compatible will all Windows formats) which installs, installs temporarily, shows installed and uninstalled fonts – couldn’t live without it.

    I have created a new folder in My Documents and called it FontFile – and now house all my downloaded fonts there. I have sub-categories (Grunge, Typewriter, Boring, Dingbats, Quirky etc) which were time consuming to set up, but now save me a ton of time. Now, as soon as I download a font, I immediately move it into the relevant folder, so at least when I want something specific it saves a lot of time – much better than having them in alphabetical order.

    I do intend printing off all my favourites, time and computer (ink, paper) and patience willing… I still have too many loaded though – all my favourites.

    But why oh why can’t we get rid of those boring horrible fonts the computer seems to need to be able to run? Have them housed elsewhere, or made invisible? It’s awful scrolling through Photoshop trying to remember which ones to avoid.

    • July 5, 2010 8:44 pm

      Thanks for the link, Susie. Looking forward to checking out the AMP Font Viewer.
      I couldn’t agree more about the pre-installed computer ones, but you daren’t delete them – just in case…

  4. April 25, 2011 6:08 pm

    made use of

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