How to revert to Windows original font list


Question

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?

2012/07/31
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7/31/2012 8:48:00 PM

First thing you can do is a manual cleanup. Use the list of windows' standard fonts for different versions of the os, and just erase the extra ones: http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/docs/appendix/fonts.htm (by the way, Helvetica is not part of the pack so you probably got it from somewhwere else). If you have the original os, then there's no need to buy any licenses (you just can't distribute the fonts, as they are for personal use).

Then you can use a font management program to install and uninstall without copying them to the fonts folder.

Here's Smashing Magazine's recommended 25, includes free and commercial: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/05/25-font-management-tools-reviewed/

And here are some more free ones: http://www.techmynd.com/8-free-fonts-management-tools-for-windows/

2012/07/31
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7/31/2012 9:41:00 PM