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Posted - 09 April 2003 :  04:57:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dear Font Xplorer Experts,
How can I reduce the number of fonts in my Windows/fonts folder and still have them available to use in programs? Do I uninstall or unload them? Will I still be able to view them after they are uninstalled/unloaded? Thanks,

Ahto/Moon Software

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Posted - 09 April 2003 :  18:03:01  Show Profile  Visit Ahto/Moon Software's Homepage  Reply with Quote
First you need to understand what is the difference between loading and installing. Loading means the font is available some short time and after you restart Windows, it is not available any more until you load it manually again. Installing a font means it will be always available, even after you restart Windows. It does not matter if the font is on Windows/Fonts folder or somewhere else, if you install it it will be available next time you restart Windows as well. When installing, font name reference it written to the registry, so the system will load this font automatically.

But some versions of Windows will automatically scan Windows/Fonts folder and will install install all fonts that are in that folder each time Windows is started. That also means you can't just uninstall fonts that are there, you'll need to move font files to some other folder if you don't want Windows to automatically install them next time it starts.

I have written a separate document about this topic:

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