Load Fonts In Memory to Try Them Out

By | January 25, 2017
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Load Fonts In Memory to Try Them Out

Back in the days when computer RAM was measured in kilobytes and megabytes, having tons of fonts on your computer had a very negative affect on performance. Now that RAM is measured in gigabytes, you’d have to have an extremely huge number of fonts installed before it had a noticeable affect on your computer’s performance.  So, if you’re worried about have so many fonts that it would affect your computer, don’t worry too much –  it’s not a very common problem anymore.

However, that being said – what if you just want to try a font or several fonts, but don’t want to install them? Well, there’s a way you can “load” fonts into memory so that they show up in your programs’ “fonts” menu without the font or fonts actually being installed.

I just tested this to make sure it still works (the program we used to load fonts into memory is almost 16 years old). It’s called FontXplorer and it is made by Moon Software. I downloaded it and installed it on my Windows 10 PC (yes, it works on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 too) and it worked great. While I’m sure there are dozens of other programs that allow you to load fonts into memory so they can be used by your programs without installing them, FontXplorer is free, very easy to use and works GREAT!

Try this. Download FontXplorer from here. (it’s 100% clean freeware – and we tested it again on 25 Jan 2017) . Install it and then run the program. When it opens, click on Tools—>Load Fonts (by Folder).

Cloudeight InfoAve

When you click “Load Fonts (by Folder)”, you’ll be able to browse to the folder that contains the fonts you want to try, but not necessarily install.

Cloudeight InfoAve

To test this, I unzipped a couple of fonts that I didn’t have on my computer to a folder I creatively named “Fonts” 🙂 in my InfoAve directory. I loaded the two fonts into memory and I could see “altastgreeting” and “invitesf” on the fonts menu in MS Word and PaintShop Pro. The fonts will continue to show on any fonts menus until the fonts are unloaded. Note that you can unload the fonts with FontXplorer or by rebooting your computer.

If you shut down or reboot your computer, you’ll have to reload the fonts into memory again, or if you like them, you can go ahead and install them. 

Hey, it’s kind of like taking your fonts for a test drive!

2 thoughts on “Load Fonts In Memory to Try Them Out

  1. LIBBY RORKE

    YES, BACK IN THE DAYS OF XP OR MAYBE 3.1, I CAN’T REMEMBER, I HAD INSTALLED A CD WITH 1000 FONTS PLUS HAD OTHERS ALREADY INSTALLED. NEVER THOUGHT A THING ABOUT IT. A FEW DAYS LATER I FINISHED MY TAX RETURN AND DECIDED TO PRINT IT. I GOT THE PAGES OUT OF THE PRINTER TO ADMIRE MY JOB. IT WAS ALL IN GREEK!!! MY HUSBAND WAS SITTING ABOUT 3 FEET AWAY FROM ME AT HIS COMPUTER AND REALIZED I WAS UPSET. I SAID “IT’S ALL GREEK”. HE SAID “OF COURSE IT IS, IT’S A TAX RETURN”. “NO, NO, IT’S REALLY GREEK” AND I HANDED IT TO HIM TO SEE. WE COULD NOT FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS WRONG AS EACH PRINTING WAS STILL IN GREEK EVEN THOUGH THE FONT WAS SHOWING ARIAL. FINALLY A CALL TO THE PROGRAM’S HELP DEPARTMENT RESULTED IN ME BEING ASKED TO UNINSTALL SOME FONTS. I’M WONDERING HOW FONTS COULD BE THE PROBLEM. HE TOLD ME THAT I REALLY HAD TO UNINSTALL SOME FONTS AND I SAID NO WAY. I WASN’T ABOUT TO GIVE UP MY FONTS. RELUCTANTLY I REMOVED OVER 500 AND REBOOTED. GOT BACK INTO THE TAX PROGRAM, (WHICH I NEVER USED AGAIN AS IT WAS ALL THEIR FAULT), HIT THE PRINT BUTTON AND HAD AN ENGLISH TAX RETURN. SINCE THEN, IN SPITE OF HAVING TONS OF RAM, I AM GETTING A FEW FONTS AT A TIME FROM THE NET AND WAS SO HAPPY TO HAVE MY “SNOOTY” FONT BACK AGAIN. I CAN LAUGH ABOUT IT NOW BUT AT THE TIME I WAS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT SUBMITTING A GREEK FONT. BUT YOU KNOW, IT DOES NOT SAY THAT THE RETURN HAS TO BE IN ENGLISH. I SHOULD HAVE JUST MAILED IT TO THEM AND LET THEM HANDLE SOME GREEK FOR A WHILE!!

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  2. Jason Miller

    If I use some fancy font and send a letter to someone that does not have that font in their computer, would they be able to see it or would their computer covert the font I used to their default font?

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