Fonts are important and essential, but a lot of time are also quite transparent to most of the end users, me included. For a long period of time, I have just kept using them without noticing the new changes in the new Windows 7. There are indeed quite a few:
1. Installation Process
Windows 7 has got rid of the ancient Add Font dialog box that has served Windows for more than 20 years. It took great courage for Microsoft finally replacing it with a much simple installation process with Install button built right in the preview window.
2. Over 40 new fonts
Windows 7 adds 40 more new fonts that extend the language and script support offered by Windows. The new Windows 7 fonts were developed to enhance the Windows user interface for various languages and also the user’s online and offline reading experience.
If you still find that’s not enough, dafont.com may have some more that you can use.
3. Grouping multiple weights together
It wasn’t a big deal but does make the preview a lot easier. For example, font Trebuchet MS has 4 different weights. Instead of showing them individually, it’s now grouped all together. Clicking the Preview button opens 4 separate font windows.
4. Hide fonts based on regional settings
Because there are a lot of fonts available in Windows 7, hiding fonts that aren’t designed for your language helps you find the font easier.
5. Fonts can be installed as a shortcut
As you noticed from the screenshot above, you can actually install a font using a shortcut, meaning that the actual font file can be stored elsewhere, as long as you can access it.
6. Support more weights in Font common file dialog
If the font you choose has more than 4 standard weights, now it’s supported in Font common file dialog in Windows 7.
7. Finding a character a lot easier
Now you don’t need an application like Word to find and insert an non-standard symbol. You can do so right from Fonts window. Just click Find a character menu in the left panel, which opens the Character Map. Select the characters you want to use and click Copy button to copy them into the clipboard so you can paste them later on in other applications.
That’s it for now. Enjoy!