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Overcoming Font Overload in Windows

Part 3: Windows Fonts That Should Not Be Deleted

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Has your font collection goten out of control? If so, it may be tempting to just starting deleting, but watch out... there are lots of fonts that are essential to your operating system and specific software programs. See part two of this article for the safest way to trim your font collection and many more tips for managing your fonts.

Do not delete the following fonts:

    Arial (TrueType)
    Arial Bold (TrueType)
    Arial Bold Italic (TrueType)
    Arial Italic (TrueType)
    Courier 10,12,15 (VGA res)
    Courier New (TrueType)
    Courier New Bold (TrueType)
    Courier New Bold Italic (TrueType)
    Courier New Italic (TrueType)
    Marlett (Windows 95/98) *
    Modern (Plotter)
    MS Sans Serif 8,10,12,14,18,24 (VGA res)
    MS Serif 8,10,12,14,18,24 (VGA res)
    Roman (Plotter)
    Script (Plotter)
    Small fonts (VGA res)
    Symbol (TrueType)
    Symbol 8,10,12,14,18,24 (VGA res)
    Times New Roman (TrueType) -
    Times New Roman Bold (TrueType)
    Times New Roman Bold Italic (TrueType)
    Times New Roman Italic (TrueType)
    Wingdings (TrueType)
    Any font with a red A for its icon.
    Any font that begins with the letters MS.

*Marlett is a hidden system file and it will not show up in a search, however, it may show up in your program font lists.

Additionally, some programs have fonts that are required for that program to display properly. Those fonts that are not listed above are listed here along with the program:

    CorelDRAW
    Avant Garde Book BT (TrueType)
    Avant Garde Oblique BT (TrueType)
    Avant Garde Medium BT (TrueType)
    Avant Garde Medium Oblique BT (TrueType)
    CommonBullets (TrueType)
    FuturaMedcondBT (Corel's # TT0201M.TTF)

    Print Artist
    Palisade

    Windows Draw
    Swiss921 BT
    (Also see page 4 of the manual for Windows Draw 6 Print Studio, and page 27 of the manual for Complete Publisher '99 for a list of fonts that must be installed for the text styles and templates to appear properly.)

    Creatacard
    Swiss721 BT
    (Creatacard also has fonts that begin with CAC - these can be removed, however, some of the included projects may not display correctly.)

    Internet Web Browsers
    Webdings

    Office 97 (including Outlook 98)
    Tahoma

    Quickbooks
    Four fonts that all start with "Quicktype"

    MS Bookshelf
    Three fonts called Bookshelf Symbols 1-3

    Picture It
    Comic Sans and Comic BD

    Intuit TurboTax
    These fonts are mandated by the IRS and tax returns using other fonts may not be accepted or delayed. There are 10 of them. (Information provided by Christopher Cheney, TurboTax Technical Support.)
    OCR B MT (OCRBMT.TTF)
    OCR-A II (OCRA2_P.TTF)
    Quicktype II (QT2_P.TTF)
    Quicktype II Bold (QT2_B.TTF)
    Quicktype II Condensed (QT2C_P.TTF)
    Quicktype II Condensed Bold (QT2C_B.TTF)
    Quicktype II Condensed Italic (QT2C_I.TTF)
    Quicktype II Italic (QT2_I.TTF)
    Quicktype II Mono (QT2M_P.TTF)
    Quicktype II Pi (QT2PI_P.TTF)

More...
Fonts Supplied with Windows XP
Default Fonts Included in Windows 98

Do you know of any other programs with default fonts that should be listed here? If so, e-mail me and I will include them in my next update of this page.

It's too late!
What can you do if you've already deleted some of the required fonts? Don't panic. You can easily restore essential fonts by reinstalling Windows. Running Windows Setup over your current installation will not harm your computer or installed software and it will restore any missing files, including fonts. Also see Microsoft's support document on How to Restore the Windows Default Fonts. Be sure to go back to the first part of this article and review the font management tips so you can prevent this situation in the future.

Finding Fonts
If you find yourself in need of a font that you've lost or deleted, About's Desktop Publishing site offers tips for finding specific fonts.

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