How to Show or Hide Fonts in Windows 10 & Windows 8

In Windows, you can show or hide specific fonts as and when needed to reduce confusion. Here’s how you can do it in simple and easy steps.

Generally, most of us know that installing fonts in Windows 10 is a breeze. All you have to do is right-click on fonts and select “Install” or “Install for all users” option. After installing a font or fonts, they are available to all the programs in your system. This allows you to use the font of your liking no matter the program you are using.

When you no longer need a font, you can uninstall it from the Fonts directory. But, did you now that you can actually hide unnecessary fonts without actually uninstalling them? This is especially useful when you want to keep the font in your system but don’t want it appearing in programs. For example, if you have multiple languages installed on your system, you might not want the fonts from the other language to appear in programs unless you switched to that language. In those cases, you can hide fonts based on language settings.

So, in this quick tutorial, let me show you the way to show or hide fonts in Windows.

Steps to Hide Fonts

To hide font, we need to use the Control Panel’s Font directory. The new Fonts page in the PC settings app has no option to hide the fonts you don’t want to see.

1. First, open the Control Panel by searching for it in the start menu. If you have added Control Panel to the Win + X menu, you can also use it to open the same.

2. In the Control Panel window, set “Large” as “View by”. Next, click on the “Fonts” option. This action will open the Fonts directory.

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3. In the Font directory, find and select the fonts you want to hide. You can select multiple fonts by holding the “Ctrl” button. Once you select the font(s), click on the “Hide” button appearing on the toolbar.

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4. As soon as you do that, the font will fade out.

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That is it. The fonts are hidden from all the programs and you will no longer see them in general. However, they are not uninstalled. So, if you want to show or unhide them, just select those hidden fonts and click on the “Show” button.

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Hide Fonts based on Language Settings

If you’ve installed multiple languages and want to hide fonts that are not designed for your current language, you can do that too. The good thing about this method is that depending on your current language, Windows automatically hides and unhides the other language fonts.

1. Open the Control Panel by searching for it in the start menu. In the Control Panel window, set the View By as “Large” and select the “Fonts” option.

2. In the Font directory, click on the “Font Settings” link on the left panel.

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3. Now, select the checkbox “Hide fonts based on language settings” checkbox and click on the “Ok” button.

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That is it. From now on, Windows will automatically hide fonts that are not of the current language.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, do check out how to backup fonts in Windows.

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