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    fonts...

    hi all y'all!

    i don't know if i am in the right place, but i know that you will point me to where i need to be. here's my dilemma: where, pray tell, do windows, office, and word, hide their font files?

    i run windows 2000 professional and office 2000 professional. i also run print shop deluxe 6.0. yes, i know it's old, but it works for me- until now. i tell you this because of the following incident. i recently used print shop to design some business cards for my husband. i used the chemistry serif font for some of the card. saved it (the file for the card), printed it, saved it again. all fine, no problem. went to open the file to print some more cards this evening and got the following message: This document was created with some fonts that are no longer available. These fonts may appear different. {OK}

    i have made no changes to the beast (our computer) since i designed the cards. somehow, certain fonts have disappeared from the beast. i took a look around and, thankfully, found a backup disk of fonts. what i would like to know is this: where do i put the darned things so that i can use them? i'd like to make use of them with office, print shop, and any other program that i can use with windows.

    can y'all help me? i'd be grateful, as usual, for any and all help that you can send my way. it seems that the more i use the beast, the more complex it gets, and the more confused i get.

    hope to hear from y'all soon. until then, take care and God bless.

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    Re: fonts...

    Open Windows Explorer and look in C:WindowsFonts. I don't know if Print Shop has it's own seperate fonts folder or not. Use Windows Explorer to go to C:Program FilesPrint Shop Deluxe 6.0 (or however it's listed) and poke around for a folder with fonts in it. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: fonts...

    Perform a search of your entire system for *.TTF, which will give you the full collection of TrueType and (Windows-style) OpenType fonts and their locations, a search of your system for *.PF? which will give you all of your Type One fonts and their locations, and a search for *.OTF, which will give you all of the Adobe-style OpenType fonts and their locations.

    It's probably a bad idea to move any of them, but if you have the room for it you can simply highlight each list as it is displayed and copy all of the contents to a folder of your choosing, or with a bit of care do so in such a way as to give preference to the latest versions. From that folder you can install them to locations of your choosing so that they are universally available, rather than available to a single application. You may discover, for example, that you have some useful fonts in Acrobat Reader that you didn't know about.

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    Re: fonts...

    Doc is right about the location of installed Windows fonts, but the Fonts folder is normally not visible.

    In Windows Explorer you have to go through the sequence Tools => Folder Options => View => "Hidden files and folders" and click on the radio button in from of "Show hidden files and folders" and then click on the "Apply to All Folders" button above, and OK out.

    Now double click on the Windows folder in the left-hand pane and you should be able to move down to find the Fonts folder. Click on this, and then possibly at the top of the window on View and choose the viewing option you wish to have for the right-hand pane.

    If you double-click a font-name you get some information and sample displays.

    I think I am correct in saying that if a TTF/font file is not installed into the WindowsFonts folder then it cannot be used in Office software, but maybe third-party programs have their own ways of using their own fonts....

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    Re: fonts...

    <hr>...thankfully, found a backup disk of fonts... <hr>
    In Windows, the fonts have to be installed. My example is XP but I think earlier versions are the same. Open Control Panel, Fonts and click the file command where you should see "Install New Font." If your backup copy is on a floppy, direct the install to the A: drive and make sure the checkbox to copy to Windows is checked.

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    Re: fonts...

    You might also want to look into a Font manager to help you organize your fonts into collections and make installing and removing fonts easier. One that I use is The Font Thing. It's <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and does an excellent job.
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    Re: fonts...

    In addition to Doc Watson's proposition:

    You can always reach Fonts folder from Control Panel (in Classic View mode): Start | Control Panel | Switch to Classic View (on the left pane) | Fonts.

    However, if you installed Type 1 fonts in their default location ( PSFONTS and PSFONTSPFM) - they appear as shortcuts in Fonts folder - sometimes you cannot access them from Office applications. I think this is a bug in Fonts Installer.

    As workaround, you need to install third-party font manager. I prefer <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> Adobe Type Manager Light 4.1. It's highly reliable and easy to use.

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