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Fonts with names starting with @

joddle

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When using MS Publisher I notice at the head of the lists of available fonts there is a large group where all the fonts seem to have normal names but starting with the @ symbol. What are these and where do they come from and why do they appear? - the list seems to grow over time! Can I get rid of them?
 

Starbuck

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Hi joddle,

Had to look this one up as I had no idea of the answer.
Quite intriguing actually.
Fonts which begin with an @-sign are vertically-oriented fonts.
They are used in languages like Chinese, Japanese, and (less often) Korean.
The idea is that if you want to generate vertical text, you start with the horizontal version of the font and compose your document, then switch to the vertical version for printing.
Why do some font names begin with an at-sign?
 

joddle

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Hi joddle,

Had to look this one up as I had no idea of the answer.
Quite intriguing actually.

Why do some font names begin with an at-sign?
Wow and many thanks - that all makes sense now - I think many of these fonts must have come into my system from some software which originated in China for my overhead scanner- its hard to find them on the fonts list and some won't delete saying they are system fonts - but why?

Anyway great detective work and again thanks.
 

Starbuck

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its hard to find them on the fonts list and some won't delete saying they are system fonts - but why?
Simply because, some are system fonts.
Because Windows is multi national ... it will install fonts for other regions.
Windows normally hides the fonts that are not applicable to your locality.
You can check the settings...
Control Panel >> Fonts >> Font Settings.
There should be an option to not show fonts that are not applicable to your OS.
 

joddle

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Simply because, some are system fonts.
Because Windows is multi national ... it will install fonts for other regions.
Windows normally hides the fonts that are not applicable to your locality.
You can check the settings...
Control Panel >> Fonts >> Font Settings.
There should be an option to not show fonts that are not applicable to your OS.
I've just tried that but the fonts still appear as options in Publisher despite having the hide characteristic showing in the fonts list - any ideas?
 

Starbuck

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I've just tried that but the fonts still appear as options in Publisher despite having the hide characteristic showing in the fonts list - any ideas?
It may well be that they are specific to Publisher then.
I haven't used Publisher for many years so have no way of telling if this is the case or not.
I wouldn't think that the fonts being in the list is much of a problem though.
 

joddle

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It may well be that they are specific to Publisher then.
I haven't used Publisher for many years so have no way of telling if this is the case or not.
I wouldn't think that the fonts being in the list is much of a problem though.
Not a problem really - its just the always come before all the other fonts so I have to scroll though them all before I see the fonts I want. - Anyway I was just curious to know what they are - and that has been answered so many thanks.
 
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