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How to Hide Fonts & Show Hidden Fonts on Windows 10 & 11

Windows comes pre-installed with several default fonts. When needed, you can also install additional fonts. All it takes is a few clicks. You can see and use the installed fonts in any application on your computer. However, what if you don’t see a specific font? Rather than completely uninstalling font, you can simply hide fonts you don’t want to see in other programs. That way, you’ll have quick access to it if and when you want to use it. In this article, we’ll show you a simple method to hide fonts and show hidden fonts on Windows. Let’s get started.

Note: The below steps are tested to work on Windows 11, 10, and 8.

How to Hide Fonts on Windows 10 & 11

First, open the Start menu, search for Control Panel, and click on the top result to open the Control Panel window.

In the Control Panel window, change the view to Large icons from the View by dropdown menu. Next, click on the Fonts option to open the Fonts directory.

click on fonts in Control Panel

In the Font directory, find and select the fonts you want to hide. After that, click the Hide button appearing on the toolbar.

Quick tip: You can select multiple fonts by holding the Ctrl button and then clicking on them.

select fonts and click hide to hide the fonts on windows

As soon as you do that, the fonts are hidden. To indicate that, the fonts will appear faded out. From now on, you will not see these fonts in any programs.

fonts are hidden in windows

Hide Fonts based on Language Settings

If you’ve installed multiple keyboard languages, there might be situations where you might want to hide fonts that are not related to your current keyboard language. For example, if you’ve installed English and Japanese languages and your current keyboard language is Japanese, you might want to hide all the fonts not designed for the Japanese language to reduce confusion and vice versa.

The good thing is, that Windows has a simple option to automate this. That is, it automatically hides all the fonts not related to your current language setting. Here’s how to enable it.

First, Open the Control Panel by searching for it in the start menu. In the Control Panel window, set the View By to Large icons and select the Fonts option.

In the Font directory, click on the Font Settings option on the left panel.

click on font settings option

Now, select the Hide fonts based on language settings checkbox and click OK.

select hide fonts based on language settings checkbox

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

How to Show Hidden Fonts on Windows

To show hidden fonts on Windows, open Control Panel by searching for it in the Start menu. In the Control Panel window, click on Fonts.

Here, select all the fonts that appear faded out and click the Show option on the top toolbar. This will unhide and show all the hidden fonts at once.

select faded out fonts and click show to unhide and show all hidden fonts

And there you have it! It’s that simple to hide and show fonts on Windows. If you like this article, do check out how to backup fonts in Windows.

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