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    Restricting the list of fonts (2003)

    On my computer, Word's Font dialog box lists 107 fonts. I actually use about a dozen of them, and the rest just get in my way. Is there a way to restrict the list of available fonts that Word will display?

    Removing unneeded fonts from the computer is not the answer, because most of them were installed by various applications I use. To delete a font safely I would need to figure out which application installed it (nearly impossible) and determine whether the application could function without it (also nearly impossible). In one case I did this for a bunch of fonts which turned out to belong to the Nero CD burner. I deleted them, and the next time I ran Nero it simply installed them again.

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    Re: Restricting the list of fonts (2003)

    Office reads the fonts from the Font folder in windows. AFAIK it is not possible to modify the list just for Word. Since it is read from the operating system, if you change or hide or remove the font from that folder it will affect every program that uses that font.
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    Re: Restricting the list of fonts (2003)

    Rudi is correct that you cannot limit the list of fonts just for Word.
    You could create a custom toolbar with buttons for the fonts you use most frequently - there is a category Fonts in the Commands tab of the Tools | Customize dialog.

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    Re: Restricting the list of fonts (2003)

    A toolbar would not be the best solution for me. It occurred to me that I might replace the standard Font dialog box with my own. My VBA is rusty, and I'll have to research the problem to get a feel for how hard it would be to do that. I'll look into it when I have time.

    BTW, when I looked at the font list this morning I saw that it has gotten completely out of control. It now includes a series of fonts named Z@R1401.tmp, Z@R1403.tmp, Z@R1405.tmp,... Most of them appear to contain no printable characters. I'm not sure, but I think they belong to Adobe Acrobat, an ill-behaved guest if ever I saw one.

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    Re: Restricting the list of fonts (2003)

    Good luck!

    (Never heard of those fonts, and Google doesn't let you search for something with an @ in it)

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    Re: Restricting the list of fonts (2003)

    WordPerfect (if there is no redaction of that word on this site) ships with not only a superb collection of fonts but Bitstream Font Navigator, which will let you organize into sets and activate or de-activate fonts, including Windows fonts. CorelDraw has the same fonts and management tools. On that count alone either is worth the price of admission. The one thing I'm curious about is when the next version might be released, since the libraries and technology are changing over time.

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    Re: Restricting the list of fonts (2003)

    I had the same complaint as you and resolved the problem with a toolbar containing popup buttons which assign the individual styles. The attached Zip file contains the required code along with a graphic of the toolbar.

    <UL><LI> Styles2.GIF provides a view of the toolbar;
    <LI> CustomBars.bas is the module which creates the toolbar (thanks to guidance from HansV <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> ). It should be called from the Autoexec module of one of your add-ins.
    <LI> ApplyStyles.bas contains the code to apply the selected style. This module should be placed in the same project as the CustomBars module.[/list]
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    Re: Restricting the list of fonts (2003)

    I suggested a toolbar too, but jsachs177 mentioned in <post:=684,532>post 684,532</post:>
    <hr>A toolbar would not be the best solution for me.<hr>
    So I guess your suggestion, however nice, won't be either.

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    Re: Restricting the list of fonts (2003)

    Hi Hans

    Not only will my solution be inappropriate due to the toolbar approach, but I solved the wrong problem ( Styles instead of Fonts ). perhaps I'm getting too old for this game.

    Merry Christmas.
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    Re: Restricting the list of fonts (2003)

    Don't worry, your code may well help someone else.

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