Personalization Show or Hide Fonts in Windows 11


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

In Windows 11, you can install fonts for only your account (current user) or for all users on the computer. After installing fonts, they are available to all apps on the computer.

You can uninstall a font when you no longer need it if wanted.

You can also hide and show fonts as needed without uninstalling the font. Hiding a font can be useful when you want to keep the font but don’t want it appearing in apps.

If you have multiple added languages, you might not want the fonts from the other language to appear in apps unless you switched to that language. In this situation, you can hide fonts based on your input language settings.

This tutorial will show you how to show or hide fonts for your account in Windows 11.


Contents



EXAMPLE: Fonts showing in WordPad

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Option One

Show or Hide Fonts Based on Language Settings in Control Panel


This option will hide fonts that are not designed for your input language settings. Only fonts that are designed for your language settings will show in your apps.


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

2 Click/tap on the Font settings link on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Check (hide - default) or uncheck (show) Hide fonts based on language settings for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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4 You can now close the Control Panel if you like.




Option Two

Show or Hide Font(s) in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Personalization on the left side, and click/tap on Fonts on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Open Fonts settings

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3 Click/tap on the 3 dots button on the font (ex: "Algerian") you want, and click/tap on Hide or Show. (see screenshots below)

Hidden fonts will show as faded (dimmed).


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4 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.




Option Three

Show or Hide Font(s) in Control Panel


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

2 Perform one of the following actions depending on if you want to uninstall a font or font family: (see screenshots below)
  • Select a font or font family you want, and click/tap on Hide or Show on the toolbar.
  • Right click on a font or font family you want, and click/tap on Hide or Show.
  • Open a font family you want to hide or show a font in, select a font you want and click/tap on Hide or Show on the toolbar.
  • Open a font family you want to hide or show a font in, right click on a font you want, and click/tap on Hide or Show.

Hidden fonts will show as faded (dimmed).


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3 When finished, you can close the Control Panel if you like.




Option Four

Uninstall Font in File Explorer


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Navigate to and open the C:\Windows\Fonts folder in File Explorer. (see screenshots below step 3)

3 Perform one of the following actions depending on if you want to uninstall a font or font family: (see screenshots below)
  • Select a font or font family you want, and click/tap on Hide or Show on the toolbar.
  • Right click on a font or font family you want, and click/tap on Hide or Show.
  • Open a font family you want to hide or show a font in, select a font you want and click/tap on Hide or Show on the toolbar.
  • Open a font family you want to hide or show a font in, right click on a font you want, and click/tap on Hide or Show.

Hidden fonts will show as faded (dimmed).


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4 When finished, you can close File Explorer if you like.




Option Five

Unhide and Show All Hidden Fonts using REG file


1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

Show_all_hidden_fonts_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Font Management]
"Inactive Fonts"=-

2 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

3 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

4 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

5 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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