Free Font Manager Software

Browse, Organize, Install, Activate/Deactivate, Repair Fonts

Free Font Manager Software

Font managers vary in their functionality. Most let you browse through your font collection, whether they are already installed on your system or whether they are fonts kept in a separate folder/directory. They also let you organise ("organize" in other variants of English) those fonts into categories or groups or easy management or use, view the characters/glyphs available in the font (ie, see samples of the font characters so that you can decide whether you want to use that particular font), install and uninstall fonts, load a font temporarily into the system (so that you can use the font in another program, without having to install it permanently), search for a particular font, and so on. Some programs may even let you repair defective fonts, after checking its integrity.

In addition, if you're looking for font editors, so that you can create or modify an existing font, please see the Free Font Editors, Font Creation Software and Sites page instead. Those looking for free fonts can find them listed on the Free Fonts for Programmers, Webmasters and Designers page.

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AMP Font Viewer (Windows)

The AMP Font Viewer allows you to install/uninstall fonts, temporarily install one or more fonts temporarily (for use with a particular program until you exit from it), organise fonts in a category, view sample text (which you can type yourself) of a font, print a list of installed fonts along with sample text of each, etc.

The Font Thing (Windows)

The Font Thing lets you view (customizable) sample text of installed fonts as well as fonts located in a folder elsewhere on your system (ie, not currently installed), see the font information of those fonts (things like copyright, licensing details, etc), print font samples, install/uninstall fonts, temporarily load/unload fonts (without installing/uninstalling), rename font files, group fonts into collections, etc. Note that this is a very old program, written for Windows 9x and NT 4.0 and last updated in 1999, so I'm not sure if it works on newer Windows systems. In addition, for those who can't find the download link, it's near the top of the page, in the horizontal navigation menu, labelled "Download".

Font Xplorer: Font Viewing and Management Software (Windows)

Font Xplorer lets you browse both the set of fonts that are installed on your computer as well as those not installed, load/unload or install/uninstall fonts, check out the font information embedded within the font (such as its copyright, licence allowing you to embed the font in documents, etc), view the font metrics, filter fonts by character sets, repair damaged fonts, see the character map for the font, copy a character/symbol to the clipboard, rename font files, compare fonts, check for duplicate fonts, etc. At the time this mini-review was written, the program only works on Windows 9x, NT4, 2000 and XP, but not on Vista, Windows 7 or later. It can only handle TrueType fonts (*.ttf files) and OpenType fonts that have TrueType outlines (*.ttf); that is, OpenType fonts with PostScript outlines (*.otf files) and Adobe Type 1 fonts (*.pfm, *.pfb, *.pfa, *.afm, *.ofm files) are not supported.

Fonty Python (Linux)

Fonty Python lets you view your fonts, find them, install or uninstall for your current user account, and group fonts into collections. At the time I write this, it only works with TrueType fonts (*.ttf) but not OpenType and PostScript (Type 1) fonts.

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