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Other font management issues in Windows

Q When I open the Fonts folder in Windows Explorer, several commands are missing from the Fonts folder menus. I no longer see Open, or Install New Font on the File Menu, or List Fonts by Similarity on the View Menu. What am I doing wrong?

A Microsoft support's knowledge base article number Q133725 reveals all.

Q The Find tool does not find .ttf files in the Fonts folder. Why?

A The Fonts folder is a system folder and is not included in searches.

Q I have a lot of TrueType fonts installed on my system. Is there anything I can do to make my Fonts folder more manageable?

A Having many separate font files can cause the Fonts folder to appear cluttered on computers with a large number of fonts installed. Many TrueType fonts include several variations of the same typeface stored in separate font files. These variations are attributes that define font appearance such as bold, italic, bold italic, and so on. Each variation of the typeface is defined as a font. A collection of fonts of the same typeface is considered a family. For example, Arial Bold Italic is a font, and Arial Bold, Arial Italic, and Arial Bold Italic are all in the Arial family.

Hiding variants of the same typeface can make the Fonts folder more manageable. To hide multiple variations, follow the steps outlined below.

  1. In Control Panel, double-click the Fonts icon.
  2. On the View menu, click Hide Variations.

Q Why doesn't the TrueType Font Assistant from the Microsoft TrueType Font Pack II work in Windows 95? I can't see any fonts, or I see only a few of the fonts installed on the computer.

A The TrueType Font Assistant relies on font information recorded in the Win.ini file. The TrueType Font Assistant does not work because font information is not stored in the Win.ini file in Windows 95.

Windows 95 moves the installed font list from the [fonts] section of the Win.ini file to the registry HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Fonts and moves the font files to the C:\Windows\Fonts folder.

You can use the Fonts folder in Windows 95 to manage your fonts, or contact your third-party Font Manager vendor for a version compatible with Windows 95.

Q I upgraded to Windows 95 and now my fonts are not listed in the Win.ini file, but I can still use them. What happened?

A As explained in the answer to the question above, Windows 95 moves many of the items in .ini files, such as the font listing, to the registry during Setup. In addition, Windows 95 moves any fonts added to the Win.ini file to the registry each time it starts.

Q Is PostScript font information stored in the registry?

A No. PostScript fonts are installed by Setup programs as they are in earlier versions of Windows. PostScript font information remains in the Win.ini file.

Q Is Adobe Type Manager supported in Windows 95?

A Adobe Type Manager version 3.02 or later is supported in Windows 95. However, this product is manufactured by a vendor independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this product's performance or reliability.

Q When I run some Windows-based programs in Windows 95, or print from these programs, some fonts are displayed and/or printed incorrectly. The fonts appear as snowflakes or other similar objects.

A This problem is known to occur with Courier, MS Sans Serif, MS Serif, Small Fonts and Symbol fonts. This problem can occur if the Monotype Sorts TrueType font has been installed and is damaged. This font is not included with Windows 95, and is not necessary for the fonts listed above to work correctly. However, if this font is installed and is damaged, the fonts listed above may be affected.

To solve this problem remove the Monotype Sorts font from the Fonts folder, and then restart your computer. To remove the Monotype Sorts font, double-click the Fonts icon in Control Panel, use the right mouse button to click the Monotype Sorts icon, and then click Delete on the menu that appears.

Q What is the Marlett font? I can see it in some of my programs' font menus, but it doesn't appear in my Fonts folder. What's it for?

A The Marlett.ttf file is a TrueType font file installed in the Fonts folder. The file's Hidden attribute is set and the file is not visible in Windows Explorer or the Fonts folder. The Marlett TrueType font is used for displaying scroll bar arrows, Maximize and Minimize buttons, option buttons, check boxes, and other controls in Windows 95. The font is explicitly loaded by the GDI at startup. Windows 95 performance is enhanced by using a TrueType font instead of bitmaps for controls.

If the Marlett.ttf file is damaged or missing, numbers or garbled characters appear in place of controls.

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