Which Office fonts are absolutely necessary?

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  1. kevphil

    kevphil Senior Member

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    Which Office 2010 Home and Student Edition fonts are absolutely necessary? Or to put it another way, which fonts (that are typically installed in a normal Office installation) is it safe to delete? There are waaay too many of these dubiously styled fonts cluttering my Windows 7 Pro system; I want to pare things down and make room for higher quality fonts.

    (I tried posting this question earlier, but I didn't word the query precisely enough; hopefully, this post is more clear.)

    Thank You!
     
  2. patcooke

    patcooke Microsoft MVP
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    To the best of my knowledge none of them are "essential". Depends on the documents (if any) you need it to handle from other places but if you want a bare minimum you can simply opt for just one serif (eg times new roman) and one sans serif (eg arial). Think I'd burn a copy to CD of all the ones I wanted to remove before deleting tho.
     
  3. kevphil

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    Thanks, Pat.
     
  4. NaiyaShamiso

    NaiyaShamiso New Member

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    I don't see the point in removing them, dose nothing for the system or office. The point is right, if you get a document that is using the fonts, there might be a problem. Other than that, you don't have to have them.
     
  5. Elmer

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    I always un-tick the "Extra fonts" option when installing. Basically because it clogs up my Photoshop window. I then un-load whatever it will let me and use my font manager to throw them back in as required. But in my experience I have never yet opened a document that isn't covered by the basic office fonts and the Win7 installed fonts (pdf's are a different matter!).
     
  6. NaiyaShamiso

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    I have never run into a document that gave me problems. Even with some throwed off fonts. But I never cared enough to take out any fonts. It wont make my system run any faster, so it is of no use to me.
     
  7. kevphil

    kevphil Senior Member

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    I have used FontExpert 2010 to "disable" fonts I didn't want, but they still show up in Adobe apps, clogging the font menus. If I could prevent this, I would leave all fonts installed.

    Elmer: I didn't see the option you mention, and I sure looked for it when I was recently re-installing Home Office 2010 last time. :( I had had a major issue that required me to re-format my drive and re-install everything.

    Thanks, all.
     
  8. Elmer

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    Although Microsoft will hide fonts that cannot be used by you (your language settings), unfortunately this option doesn't seem to have been shared / picked up by anybody else!

    I wrote some scripts to remove Language fonts that I personally wouldn't ever need plus some other language stuff that's non-specific to my English Language PC. You can find more info at: http://windows7forums.com/tweaks-guides-howto/50435-remove-fonts-arent-really-there-others-downloadable-scripts.html

    Shrunk my Photoshop fonts list by approx. 66%! I got fed up having to search for something as basic as Arial!!
     

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