In this article, we will see how to hide fonts that are not designed for your input language in Windows 10. A hidden font can be used by apps (e.g. by a text editor) to render the contents, but the user won't be able to select it and use in documents, since it will be not listed in the font dialog.
Windows 10 comes with TrueType fonts and OpenType fonts installed out-of-the-box. They either have TTF or OTF file extensions. They support scaling and look sharp on modern displays. OpenType is the more modern format, which can support any writing script, has advanced typographic "layout" features which prescribe positioning and replacement of rendered glyphs.
Starting with build 17083, Windows 10 features a special section in the Settings app. The new section, called simply "Fonts", can be found under Personalization.
You may be familiar with the classic Fonts Control Panel applet, which you could use to see the fonts that are currently installed, or to install or uninstall fonts. Instead of the classic applet, recent releases of Windows 10 offer the Fonts page in Settings, which is able to show off newer font capabilities, such as color fonts or variable fonts. A refresh of the Fonts UI to show off the newer capabilities was long overdue.
In Settings, a dedicated 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.
Unfortunately, the new Fonts page in Settings doesn't allow hiding fonts. This feature remains exclusive to the classic Control Panel.
To hide a font based on your language settings in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open the classic Control Panel app.
- Go to Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Fonts. The following folder will appear:
- On the left, click on the link Font settings.
- On the next page, turn on the option Hide fonts based on your language settings.
- The fonts are now hidden. Only fonts that are designed for your input language will be available in the installed programs.