New Fonts Page Coming to Settings in Windows 10 Redstone 4

Posted on January 16, 2018 by Rafael Rivera in Windows, Windows 10 with 15 Comments

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.

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Comments (15)

15 responses to “New Fonts Page Coming to Settings in Windows 10 Redstone 4”

  1. Demileto

    "Brad is a Wing Ding" LMAO!!!

  2. Rob_Wade

    I don't really care what they do with the control panel. As long as I can still download a font, right-click on it from File Explorer and select Install from there, that's all I care about.

  3. Brandon Mills

    Can a standard Windows user add custom fonts without an admin? That has been a Mac OS X feature since the beginning of time, and something artistic types appreciate. You can get third party software, but that gets expensive, and honestly user fonts should be built into the OS itself. It shocks me that MS is supposedly going after the creative types, and yet can't seem to add simple functionality that they have been wanting for decades.

    • Demileto

      In reply to BrandonMills:

      Well, if you feel strongly about this you could try giving a shot at a suggestion in the Feedback Hub and getting a few hundred people to upvote. There's only so much they can change in an Update so they have to priorize, this helps putting it in their radar.

  4. Daniel D

    I hope they release the "Leave it the f alone" feature for Windows 10 soon.

  5. jimchamplin

    Hell yes! Thank God they updated that boondoggle of a 90s junkheap!

  6. jimchamplin

    This is nice. The previous UI was quite simple and well-done. This really gives the modern Settings app some cred!

    I like it!