How to revert to Windows original font list
I started working as a freelance graphic designer and I have many fonts installed from the era when I was just doing stuff for entertainment and learning. I don't want to use these fonts for my clients work not at the beginning of this carrier at least, so I moved to only free to use fonts and resources. The thing is that the old fonts are cluttering my font selection list and take from me valuable time when searching for just the right font from the job. So I'd like to remove all of them except the default ones like arial, helvetica, courier etc.
How can I do it? (is there an open source font management software that will allow me to do this?). Do I need to purchase a license for the fonts that comes pre-installed with windows too, like Arial?
Font management software is worth paying for because it helps organize your font collection and most applications help with managing system fonts (activate and deactivate fonts in the Windows system fonts "folder").
I recommend Suitcase Fusion by Extensis from my experience. Their latest version includes panels in CS5/6 for just-in-time activating fonts for use in Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. And they have integrated web fonts from Google and their own premium web font service called WebINK.
The other font management software vendors that I've played with (but not used in production) include:
I think they all provide a free trial (including Suitcase Fusion 4) so I'd recommend trying before you buy.
NOTE: I couldn't post more links because my reputation is not high enough. I set off the "spam" filter alarm, apparently.