Microsoft is adding font management capabilities to the Settings app in Windows 10, and with some poking around, we managed to enable them in Redstone 4 build 17074.
Yee-haw, let’s look at some fonts.
The new Font page takes on the look and feel of the old Font Control Panel, making it instantly familiar and usable. The fonts installed on your computer appear front and center, below a combo box to filter out fonts that weren’t designed for a selected alphabet. It also has a search box, if you already have an idea of what you’re looking for.
If you strike out on your search, you can click the Microsoft Store link and download new ones. (Mehedi wrote about the new fonts and language packs coming to the store, so be sure to check that out.)
Clicking an installed font takes you to a new page with a mishmash of popular functionality. At the top sits an innocuous uninstall button. Clicking that does what you’d expect – it removes the font from your system, and makes it unavailable to all your apps, including CreataCard Platinum. Following that is a new preview area that allows you to check out how a typeface appears in various styles, variants, and sizes. And you can also use the textbox to (finally) provide your own preview text.
And all that other technical metadata jibber jabbery is still there too, it’s just at the bottom of the page.
Having played with the page a bit, it feels nearly complete. But we still have a few lingering questions: Is the old Font Control Panel going away for good? How are users expected to install fonts outside the Microsoft Store?
At any rate, it’s still in decent shape — so much so, it could appear in the next Redstone 4 build.
Fonts Control Panel: Your days are numbered.