Hiding Fonts

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 4, 2017)

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Most people know that you can add and remove fonts from Windows. When a font is added, it is available to all the programs running on the system. When the font is later removed, it is no longer available and your software may substitute a similar font for the missing one.

However, you might not want to delete a font; you may want to just make it unavailable for the time being. In Windows this is called "hiding" the font. You can hide a font by starting out at the Control Panel, clicking the Appearance and Personalization link, and then clicking Fonts. Windows displays the Font area of the Control Panel. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Fonts area of the Control Panel.

To hide a font, just select the font you want to hide (click its file name in the window). Windows displays some options to the right of the Organize option, just above the fonts. One of those options is Hide; click it and the font is immediately hidden. Once hidden, the font won't show up as available in any Windows programs.

If you later want to unhide the font, simply follow the same steps, as already described. When you select the font you want to unhide, the options displayed above the fonts will include a "Show" option. Select it, and the font is immediately unhidden and available within Windows.

 This tip (13152) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2019-03-09 20:16:27

Dave

This does not work. I clicked HIDE on more than half the fonts on my Windows 10 system. Then I opened MS Word and ALL OF THE FONTS are still in the drop-down. The fonts marked "HIDE" are simply grayed out.


2018-03-23 13:57:10

Milton Feldon

The "hide" command in Control Panel, fonts changes to "show" when activated for a font but the font itself does NOT disappear from Microsoft Office . this is for Windows 8.2 and Microsoft Office 2013 applications.
Milt Feldon
miltfeldon@gmail.com


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