Fonts view

The Fonts view allows you to organize fonts into groups, to preview and manage fonts in Library.

Groups

Each group corresponds to one folder on your local disk. To change the parent folder of all group folders, choose Tools/Options from the main menu and browse for any desired folder on a local drive. Save the path to the folder in the Folder with font groups: edit box. Usually this is the folder on your disk where you keep subfolders with your font files.

To create a new font group, choose Group/New Group from the main menu, or right click in the Groups tree node and choose New Group from the popup menu.

You can copy files in Windows Explorer and paste them into any group folder in the Fonts view.

You can drag files from Windows Explorer and drop them into any selected group folder in the Fonts view.

TIP

While dragging files, hold the Ctrl key to copy files from the source folder to the selected group. Hold the Alt key to create shortcuts to source files. (Source files will remain in the source folder.)

You can also create a new group or add fonts to an existing group with the help of the Create Group from Folder Structure... command from the Groups menu.

Toolbar Button

 

Description

 

Install permanently.

 

Activate Temporarily.

 

Uninstall or Deactivate.
Permanently installed fonts will be uninstalled; temporarily activated fonts will be deactivated.

 

Colored Item in the main view

 

Description

 

The font is installed permanently (font is active).
Windows will load this font again after restart.

 

The font is activated temporarily (font is active).
Windows will NOT load this font automatically after restart.

To install a group of fonts, select the group folder in the Fonts view and choose Install... from the main menu.

To uninstall a group of fonts, select the group folder in the Fonts view and choose Uninstall... from the main menu.

To print the selected font of fonts, choose File/Print... or File/Print Preview... from the main menu.

To select a report type for printing, choose File/Report Settings... from the main menu. (See Printing for more details.)

TIP

Press and hold Shift key when applying Add Fonts to Worklist command.

If you hold Shift key, PFB, AFM, and INF files with be added to Worklist with selected PFM files.

Library

Library is a powerful feature that allows you to preview your font library as a hierarchy of folders without actual rearranging files in the font storage.

FontExpert keeps fonts as a storage of font files and the database. When you add fonts to Library, only unique font files are added to font storage. For example, if you have two identical font files and try to add both to Library, only one font will be added, and another file will be ignored. Thus, font library does not contain font duplicates. It is safe to try to add fonts to Library many times - if fonts are already in Library, then no fonts will actually be added to Library on the second attempt.

NOTE: If you have two versions of the same font and the files are different (for example, they are having different file size of having different font properties, for example, at least one symbol in copyright string), then both files will be included to Library. These files are not considered as full duplicates.

The Fonts view allows you to preview font library by many different ways - to choose Library Display Levels. The Library font storage remains unchanged while the Library node in the Fonts view shows different representations of the font Library.

Each folder in the Groups and Library nodes of Fonts view is not a regular folder, but just a virtual folder. Click to a folder to search for fonts in your library. For example if you click to "A" folder in the "TrueType/Swiss/A" node, then the Fonts View will display all TrueType fonts with Swiss style and with family names beginning on A.

To customize Library tree node, select Library item in the tree and click to Library Display Levels button on the Fonts view toolbar. (Or open context menu and choose "Library Display Levels..." menu command.)

Library Display Levels window appears.

There are almost 1 million combinations of Library Display Levels, thus you can preview your font library storage by a 1 million different ways. By default, FontExpert includes in list no more than 10-20 combinations of levels and you can add your own custom levels.

The default view is Font Type/Style/A-Z/Family. It means that the fonts are displayed in Library node at first grouped by Font Type (on the first level) in the tree, then on the second level the fonts are grouped by Font Style (Roman, Swiss, etc.), then on the next level fonts are grouped by alphabet (A-Z), and at last fonts are grouped by Family.

Press "+" button to customize Library node by adding your own combination of levels in the folders tree.

There are almost 1 million combinations of levels.

TIP: You can use some combinations to preview fonts in your library according to a given criteria. For example, Weight/Font Type/Style/A-Z/Family is a combination useful for previewing all fonts in your library having given font weight.

To assign keywords, ratings, and categories to Library fonts use the Tags view.

NOTE: You only can assign tags to fonts that are in Library. It is not possible to assign a tag to a font that was not added to Library.