How to Manage and Organize your Fonts with NexusFont in Windows 7

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One thing that the Mac has way over Windows: fonts. Whether it be beautiful default system fonts or font management, there’s no doubt that OS X has the edge over Windows in this aspect. As I was collecting my fonts again and re-downloading them onto my Windows PC, I couldn’t help but wonder if there was a Windows utility similar to Font Book for Mac.

Luckily, in my search I stumbled across NexusFont, a piece of software that organizes fonts on your Windows PC. A brief reflection: Windows is surprisingly scarce on font management software! I’m a bit surprised, especially considering how some designers are giving Windows a whirl these days.

NexusFont Overview

Upon first starting, NexusFont scans your computer for installed fonts. You have the ability to search through these for a specific font that you want to use. As you can see, NexusFont allows you to preview your fonts with certain sample texts, which you can choose to modify.

NexusFont’s forte is with organization — you can create sets to store the fonts already in the library, and organize them like that. For example, I created a set to hold all the fonts that I thought would make good Headers. Alternatively, I’d love it if NexusFont had a default set that was called User Installed, and held all the custom fonts that didn’t come with the computer in there (and automatically updated the list — just like OS X does).

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NexusFont Sets

NexusFont also allows for quick and easy moving of fonts into different sets and folders, which I really prefer to do in this utility over in the Windows environment. I find this is much easier to navigate for fonts, and I don’t risk getting all my windows cluttered and convoluted.

To install new fonts, NexusFont must be reading the folder already. This means right-clicking the sidebar under Library, and selecting Add Folder.

Browse for Folder with NexusFont

Once you navigate to the folder you want to add to your library, NexusFont will automatically scan it and add all files to its library. From there, you can then quickly and easily install new fonts directly into Windows 7. Alternatively, it’s quite easy to do so through Windows 7 itself. I do wish that it was easier to install fonts, I’d love for it to have drag and drop functionality!

Give NexusFont a try if you like what you saw, and start organizing those fonts! Organization is key for quick access and search, especially when you need a specific font but totally forget its name.

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  1. PhoneHome says:

    NexusFont is a fantastic program. If you have many fonts on your Windows 7 computer and/or if you do Graphic Design this tool is a must-have. I love it.

    There are lots of other features not mentioned in your post that are very helpful.

    In addition to using Sets to organize your fonts, you can add tags to individual fonts (or even to groups of fonts at the same time by shift- or ctrl-selecting them!!) and then use the search box to find fonts tagged with a certain word. For example, you could tag a font with “header” instead of making a set for headers. Also you can add a font to more than one Set. I make many very specific sets (ie Block Letters, Body Copy, Digital, Grunge, etc) and put every font into any set it seems to fit.

    NF also makes it very easy to proof your fonts to help you decide which font to use. You enter sample text in the box at the top and it shows the text written in all the fonts. You can even shift- or ctrl-select multiple fonts and push the “selected” button at the top and see just the ones you selected all right next to each other!!! (When it’s on “All” it shows all the fonts on your computer; “Selected” is like making a “temporary Set” out of all the fonts you’ve selected) You can also see all the letterforms in a particular font by right-clicking it and chosing “CharMap” (it’s not the Windows charmap, it’s much better)

    However, the big thing is that you don’t have to install any fonts!!!! When you open the program, it scans all the folders included in the Library heading and temporarily installs them automatically. This means you can just have your “necessities” installed in Windows (like Arial, Times etc), and when you need a specialty font, just open up NexusFont and you can use it instantly. Any time I work with any graphics program I open NexusFont first so all my fonts are available to use. When you’re not designing something you don’t need 2,000 fonts actively installed on your system!

    Because of this you don’t need a “User Installed” fonts folder in NexusFont. I just put all my personal fonts that didn’t come with the computer in a “Fonts” folder somewhere else on my computer and include that folder in NexusFont. If I want to use a new font I just save it to that folder, and when NexusFont opens the next time it’s ready to use.

  2. any says:

    I’d like to share my first time experiences with nexusfont.
    Do not use NexusFont in combination with
    a) a huge font collection (40.000 in my case) > System freezes
    b) Adobe Illustrator > Illustrator freezes or you can’t choose fonts from drop down list.

  3. I just downloaded it yesterday. It has found a whole mess of duplicate fonts but when I click on ‘Delete Selected Fonts’ nothing happens :(

  4. Annette says:

    It keeps freezing!!! I only have about 2500 fonts.