Where is the Tools Menu in the Fonts folder?



When I go to the Control Panel and double-click the Fonts folder, I can't
find a Tools menu that will give me access, ultimately, to the True Type
Fonts tab. I'm trying to make all fonts in the folder show up in the Word
drop-down list. All 213 of the ones that show there now are labeled as True
Type. I've tried changing the default printer and that doesn't help. Is
there another way to get at the True Type Fonts tab?

Graham Mayor

Word will display all the installed fonts that the currently active printer
driver is capable of printing. http://www.gmayor.com/where_are_my_fonts.htm.
It will not separately display the different versions eg Bold, Italic, Bold
Italic of the same font. Those versions are applied by adding the required
formatting to the base version of the font.

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Suzanne S. Barnhill

I was afraid of that. Someone who is running Vista will probably be able to
help more, but a Google search turns up several pages that seem to indicate
that pressing Alt will make the traditional menu (including Tools) appear.

Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA


The good new is: pressing Alt after opening the Fonts folder does make
"Tools" appear on the menu -- Hooray! The bad news is: under Folder Options
in the Tools menu there still is no True Type Fonts tab -- only the General,
View, and Search tabs. So I still can't uncheck the "Show only True Type
fonts" box. But I feel like we're getting closer!

Suzanne S. Barnhill

At this point, unless some Vista-knowledgeable person surfaces here, I'm
going to suggest that you post your question elsewhere. I'm going to
cross-post this to microsoft.public.word.printingfonts, which may be
helpful, but if that does not suffice, then perhaps a Vista newsgroup would
be a better choice.

Before we go farther, though, are you sure that you have non-TrueType fonts
that are printable? Those that are labeled with a roman capital A are system
fonts. Word will never use them because they can't be printed. Those with a
script capital A are Adobe fonts, and you should definitely see those,
though in your Word fonts list, they will be marked with a printer icon
rather than the script A. Also labeled with a printer icon will be any fonts
that are resident in your printer (these will not show up in the Fonts
folder unless you have software equivalents (usually TrueType) installed for
display purposes.

Also, as has already been pointed out, bold, italic, and bold italic
variants will not be listed separately; Word uses those when you apply the
bold, italic, or bold italic font properties to text.

Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA

Tom Ferguson

I shall leave all issues aside for the moment except how to get the "Tools"
item to show-

Navigate to Control Panel while in Classic View.
Select Folder Options item, View tab.
From Advanced Setting window, select "Always show menus".
OK out.
A note on the fonts in the font list:

As Suzanne has correctly pointed out, there are fonts installed that Word
will not show in its menus. There are the fonts provided for purposes of
program display purposes and are bit-mapped fonts. They render very rapidly
to the monitor but do not look good when printed. If you use Windows
Explorer or similar to check the fonts directory on the HD, these fonts list
and are identified with a small red A icon. Word will not use these fonts to

The Word font list will show Open Type, TrueType, Postscript Type 1 fonts.
It will print with them. It will also show printer-resident fonts. This
sometimes causes people some anxiety depending on the settings in the
printer driver(s) they use and font substitution table entries.

Let us know.

Tom Ferguson

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