How to Preview Fonts in Windows 10


A font is a graphical representation of text that may include a different typeface, point size, weight, color, or design.

You may be familiar with the Fonts control panel, which you could use to see the fonts that are currently installed, or to install or uninstall fonts. That control panel hasnít been able to show off newer font capabilities, such as color fonts or variable fonts, and a refresh has been needed. Starting with Windows 10 build 17083, Microsoft is introducing new experiences for managing your fonts in Settings.

Font List Windows 10 - Typography | Microsoft Docs

This tutorial will show you how to preview fonts installed in Windows 10.


 CONTENTS:






OPTION ONE

To Preview Fonts in Settings


This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17083.

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

2. Click/tap on Fonts on the left side, and click/tap on an available font on the right side you want to preview. (see screenshot below)

You can search for a font, and filter the available fonts by language.

The initial page for Fonts settings provides a short preview of each font family. The previews use a variety of interesting strings that are selected to match the primary languages that each font family is designed for together with your own language settings. And if a font has multi-color capabilities built into it, then the preview will demonstrate this.

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3. You will now see a details page that provides previews for each of the fonts within that family, along with other information about each font. There is a default preview string, but you can enter your own, custom preview string as well. (see screenshot below)

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4. For Web developers and advanced typographers that want to make use of OpenType Variable fonts, there is a separate variable-font details page that allows you to explore the continuous, variable-design capabilities of the font. (see screenshot below)


5. At the bottom of the details page, you can select a font face to see its metadata. (see screenshot below)

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6. When finished previewing fonts, you can close Settings if you like.






OPTION TWO

To Preview Fonts in Control Panel or Fonts folder


1. Perform either action below:

A) Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Fonts icon.

OR

B) Open the C:\Windows\Fonts folder in File Explorer (Win+E).

2. Do step 3 (toolbar) or step 4 (font) below for how you want to preview fonts.


 3. Preview font using "Preview" button on toolbar

A) Select a font (ex: "Calibri") you want to view, and click/tap on the Preview button on the toolbar. (see screenshot below)

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B) If the selected font has more than one individual fonts in this font family, you will be prompted to click/tap on Yes to open each individual font in its own window. (see screenshot below)

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C) You will now see a preview of the font(s). (see screenshot below)

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D) When finished previewing fonts, go to step 5 below.


 4. Preview font by opening font

A) Click/tap on a font (ex: "Calibri") you want to view. (see screenshot below)

Preview Fonts in Windows 10-fonts_folder-1.jpg

B) If the selected font has more than one individual fonts in this font family, click/tap on the individual font (ex: "Calibri Regular") you want to preview. (see screenshot below)

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C) You will now see a preview of the font. (see screenshot below)

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D) When finished previewing fonts, go to step 5 below.

5. You can close the Control Panel or Fonts folder if you like.


That's it,
Shawn