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How to install or remove external PCL soft fonts
1. Open Printers
2. Right-click the printer you are using, and then click Properties.
3. On the Device Settings tab, click External Fonts, and then click
4. Do one of the following:
- To install external PCL soft fonts, in New Soft Font Directory, type
the path to the folder or drive where the fonts are located, and then click Open.
Click the fonts you want to install in New Soft Fonts, and then click
Add after each selection.
- To remove external PCL soft fonts, in Installed Soft Fonts, click the
fonts you want to remove, and then click Delete.
How to reduce installed font count
Lets first make a new fonts folder where we move all fonts you want to uninstall
but not delete. In you favorite file manager make a new main folder for your
fonts files, like C:\Fonts, D:\Fonts or something like this. We will use
C:\Fonts as an example in this paper.
If you start Font viewer, by default it will display all loaded fonts. If
folder browser is not visible in Font Viewer, you are in the right mode,
otherwise choose View | Loaded Fonts command. Now all loaded fonts are
displayed in Font viewer. These are fonts that are available to all programs.
For all management tasks, you'll first need to select one or more fonts in the
list. To select multiple fonts, choose View | Checkboxes command, a small
checkbox will be displayed for each font. By clicking the box you can select the
font to be included in your next task. To unselect it, click the box again.
Font | Select submenu also contains special commands to select or unselect
many fonts at once.
If there are some fonts in the list that you are sure you never need, you can
delete them off the disk completely with Font | Delete command. Please
note that some programs may use special symbol fonts etc, if you delete any of
these, the program may not work any more. So be careful with deleting.
As I said earlier, having thousands of fonts installed at the same time is a bit
overkill if you have access to a font manager like Font Viewer. Much better
idea is to have them easily accessible, but not installed. Easily accessible
means you can install them any time you need them. For example you may use one
font only for certain graphics job. You don't need to have this font installed
all the time, you can just install it when you start working with the job that
requires the font, and later uninstall it again.
We will now move less used fonts to your custom fonts folder you made earlier
(C:\Fonts). In Font Viewer, select the fonts you don't use frequently, then
choose Font | Move to | Browse and browse your fonts folder (C:\Fonts).
After you press OK the fonts disappear from the list. At the moment they are not
available to programs any more, but we know the folder where we keep them
(C:\Fonts), so we can easily make them available later. You can continue moving
fonts to your custom folder until the list only contains reasonable amount of
fonts. Remember, you can select multiple fonts first and then choose action.
Making fonts available again
When you now try some of your graphics applications, you'll see that only the
fonts listed in Font Viewer list are available, all the other fonts you moved
to your custom fonts folder are gone! Don't worry, I'll show you right now how
you can get them back when you need them.
Lets take a look at the folder where you moved your fonts. One good thing about
Font Viewer is that it can show you all fonts in a disk folder as well, not
only those that are installed. Choose View | Folder Browser so folder
tree will be displayed on the left hand like in Windows Explorer. Now navigate
to your custom fonts folder by expanding My Computer, select drive C and then
select Fonts folder. As you can see, all your fonts you moved are listed here!
Now if you need to use a font from this list, just select it, and choose Font
| Install to install it it (in Install Font window select "leave where they
are"). After that it is available to all programs again. And if you are done
your work with the font, you can uninstall it using Font | Uninstall.
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