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    Default How to display font menus in actual fonts?

    The Apple Knowledge Base has an item about this but they are away. We'll be back soon is displayed on the page. Meanwhile can someone help, please?

    I can't find the option to have the fonts displayed in their own fonts. Since OSX was reinstalled it's gone back to showing all fonts in the same typeface. I can't remember or find out where to change this.
    Thanks, Jenny

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    In what program? For Pages, go to Preferences>General>Font Preview which can be toggled on and off. (Numbers is the same.)

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    Hi Alex. I responded to this yesterday but somehow it didn't post, even though I read the preview and said to submit it!!

    Thank you. I don't use pages or numbers. I note that Appleworks and Word display in the actual font but I thought it displayed that way system wide before the reinstall. I use Text Edit a lot but can't see a way to make the fonts display in actual font. I tried to use it in Excel but there was nowhere to choose that option. Thanks, Jenny

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    I have Fontbook but can't remember where I got from. Google it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dickg View Post
    I have Fontbook but can't remember where I got from.
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    Jenny

    Hopefully your problem has been solved already, but for what it's worth, I have Office 2004, and my version of Excel shows the fonts as they are - in the Formatting Palette>Font>Name and clicking the arrow beside this brings up all the available fonts in preview form. I don't think I ever asked for this as a preference, so I imagine that's the default way of doing it.

    I can't see a way of doing it in Text Edit, though you can get a preview of each single font using Apple-T to bring up the fonts, then clicking the little wheel with the arrow in the bottom left, to "Show Preview". Or go to the bottom of that last list, under "Manage Fonts" where you can click on each font to see a preview of it. Still not what you are after, I know.


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    Thanks dickg, Steffen and Alex. I meant Office 2004 when I said Word does it. I thought I'd previously been able to display them in the list for Textedit, which I use a lot as it's so straightforward, but may be dreaming. I couldn't make them appear in their real text in Excel or Textedit, only by individual sampling.

    (Do you still have lumps of it round the back after the floods, or is it all in the living room now?? ) Thanks, Jenny

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    A thought - check that your Office 2004 is up to date; mine is now version 11.6.2. I can't see anywhere to tell fonts to show in preview, but mine are that way in the Formatting Palette, though not in the little white window, only when you click the arrow beside it.

    (The lumps were kind enough to stay where they were, thanks.)
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    Thanks Alex.

    In Word the fonts in the font list (drop down list under Fonts in the Menu Bar) do display in their actual typeface. Word> Preferences> General. Check the box beside WYSIWYG font and style menus. It saves a lot of time not having to click through the list for a preview to see what something will look like.

    I have version 11.5.6. I haven't been prompted to upgrade it. I'll look on the MS site for a newer version. Is there any advantage to upgrading it?
    Jenny

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    I don't know whether the updating would do any good or not; I guess it can't hurt, since some of the updates will be for security. I just thought it might be possible that Excel's showing fonts in preview might be in an update. My Excel Preferences don't have a "General" heading as the Word ones do. However, my Excel fonts show in exactly the same way as the Word ones - in preview.
    In your applications folder should be an application called Microsoft Autoupdate.app. Start this up if you want to check, and run it over and over until it tells you that you are up to date. I do mine manually when I remember to, since I don't use Office very much. You'll probably find yours is set to check for updates manually, like mine, rather than automatically.
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    Hi Alex

    I checked as you suggested. Mine was set to update automatically on a weekly basis. I guess I must always have been off-line at the magic moment when it would have checked for updates, probably still on a North American schedule. It's up to date now. I'll check it manually every so often. Thanks for that. Jenny

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    I doubt whether the update would change this but as per your post #9 I went into Word ( 2004 ) preferences-General and ticked the WYSIWYG font and style menus and the fonts appear as per what they should look like as you said.
    I'd suggest reinstalling Word or Office 2004,then applying the updates if you think they're necessary.
    It wouldn't take that long.

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    Hi Stewie. I didn't bother reinstalling, just went through all the updates till it told me it was up to date. I'm not keen on doing anything adventurous if it's still behaving itself.
    Jenny

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