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Font Viewer \windows\system32\fontview.exe

Display a preview and summary of any supported font file.

To Open

Control Panel Fonts Double-click any font file


fontview [/p] filename


Font Viewer is most easily used by double-clicking on a font file (see Figure 4-37). You can view any font formats normally supported by Windows XP, including TrueType fonts (.ttf), bitmap fonts (.fon), and Type 1 fonts (.pfm).

In addition to the font name and summary information displayed at the top of the report, a preview of the font is shown with the full alphabet in upper- and lowercase, the full set of numbers, a few symbols, and the phrase “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. 1234567890” in several different sizes.

Figure 4-37. Double-click any font file to view a preview like this

To run Font Viewer from the command line, you must specify the full path and filename of the font file, including its extension (such as .fon or .ttf ). To send the report to the printer, use the /p option (which is the same as clicking the print button in the Font Viewer window).


  • Windows XP typically keeps its installed font files in \Windows\Fonts, which is most easily accessible by going to Control Panel Fonts. File Viewer can also be used to view fonts before they’re installed, simply by double-clicking them in Explorer.

  • Although Adobe Type 1 fonts are actually stored in the font binaries (.pfb), Font Viewer works only with the font metrics (.pfm).

  • Font Viewer does not display every character in the font, only the predefined subset described above. To display every character in the font, use Character Map. (However, Character Map only works on installed fonts.)

See Also

“Fonts Folder”, “Character Map”

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