Windows 10 has almost a hundred different fonts installed by default. They are not used unnecessarily and most PC owners do not pay attention to them. They are inconvenient for those who often have to work with texts and their design. To avoid scrolling through a list of hundreds of items every time, you can delete or hide unused fonts. Our experts tell you how to perform this operation.
The classic control panel allows you to perform all actions available in the system with fonts.
Use the keyboard combination “Win+R” to open the ” Run ” dialog box. Enter “control”in the text field. Press the Enter key on the keyboard or the virtual ” OK ” button to open the control panel.
Scroll down to the very end of the list of parameters to find the section marked with a frame in the screenshot. We enter it with a single mouse click.
The main field of the applet window is occupied by a list of fonts, presented in the form of sheets with font samples. When the mouse selects an icon on the toolbar, the elements marked with the number “2”are activated. By clicking the “Hide” button, we put the selected fonts in the inactive state. Externally, they differ from the workers in the brightness of their color and are shown in the block marked with a four. The hidden font is not displayed in the dialog box for selecting text or image editors, but it is still stored on the PC. The link in the side menu, indicated by a triple, opens additional options.
When you use the Delete button, Windows displays a warning window. We confirm the decision by clicking “Yes”.
In the advanced settings, put a check mark in the place marked with an arrow. This action automatically hides fonts that do not support the Cyrillic alphabet. Restore the initial settings, in case of unsuccessful changes, is performed using the button marked with a two.
The settings panel
The new interface options panel gives the user fewer options for managing fonts compared to the classic one. Here, the user can only delete them.
Use the keyboard shortcut “Win+i” to open the OS parameters panel. Go to the section marked with a frame in the screenshot.
In the transition area, switch to the block marked with a unit. In the right part of the window, the section highlighted with a marker shows a list of fonts installed in the system. Search and filter controls are marked with a two in the screenshot. Click on the description area to go to the detailed properties.
Below the name highlighted with a marker is a metadata area that indicates the location on the PC, version, copyright, and other information. The arrow shows the outline selection area. For example, if you only like a font when writing in italics, you can leave it there. All other outline options are deleted one at a time using the button marked with a two.
Each operation performed requires confirmation in a pop-up window. The advantages of using the new interface include the fact that in the settings panel you can find and delete fonts installed by the user independently from the Microsoft Store.
The Fonts Directory
All fonts installed by default are located in the same system directory, from which they can be managed.
After calling the ” Run ” dialog box, type “%windir%/fonts” in the text field and click “OK”.
The “Fonts” folder opens in Explorer, but the controls that appear when a font is selected in the list and the actions performed with them completely coincide with those considered for the classic control panel.
The system registry
Font removal affects the system configuration and can be performed using the system registry.
Open the Run dialog box and type “regedit”in the text field. Launch the registry editor by clicking on the ” OK ” button.
Expand the HKLM branch and follow the path highlighted in the address bar with a marker. Select the final “Fonts” directory with the mouse. A list of installed fonts will appear in the right half of the editor window. Each key corresponds to one of the font variants. We find an unnecessary one and right-click on it expanding the context menu. Select the line indicated by the number “4”in the screenshot.
We confirm the requested action by clicking “Yes”.
The methods described by our experts allow you to delete or hide unused fonts. Choose the most convenient one and restore order in the system, making working on a PC more comfortable.