How to Print a Font List

Printing a list of the fonts currently installed on a computer is not as complicated as you might think. You can do this in one of two ways. You can either use a simple MS-DOS command to generate a text file which lists all the fonts currently installed on the computer, then print this text file. Or, if you would prefer not to generate a text file, you can use an MS-DOS command to send the list of fonts directly to your printer.

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Printing a list of the fonts currently installed on your computer can be easily accomplished.

Create a List of Fonts to Print (For Windows Vista or Windows 7)

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Open the Start Menu. Type “command prompt” or “cmd” in the search box. Press “Enter” on the keyboard to open the Windows Command Prompt.

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Type the following command line at the prompt, then press “Enter:”

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cd C:\Users\ENTER_USER_NAME\Desktop

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(Substitute the “ENTER_USER_NAME” portion of the command with the actual username of the currently open account. This command changes the directory location to the current desktop.)

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Enter the following command at the next prompt, then press “Enter:”

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dir \ C:\WINDOWS\Fonts >FontList.txt

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Entering this command creates a text file called “FontList” on the desktop. The “FontList” file contains a log of all of the files contained within the C:\WINDOWS\Fonts folder. In other words, it contains a list of all the fonts currently installed on the computer.

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Open the Start Menu, go to “All Programs” (or “Programs"), point to “Accessories,” and click “Notepad” to launch Microsoft Notepad.

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Go to the “File” menu and select “Open.”

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Click the “Look in” drop-down menu and select “Desktop.” Click to select the “Font List” file. Click “Open.”

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Open the “File” menu again, then select “Print” to print the list of fonts currently installed on the computer.

Create a List of Fonts to Print (For Windows XP)

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Click the “Start” button. Select “Run.” Type “cmd” in the box. Click “OK” to open the Windows Command Prompt.

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Type the following command line at the prompt, then press “Enter:”

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cd C:\Documents and Settings\ENTER_USER_NAME\Desktop

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(Substitute the “ENTER_USER_NAME” portion of the command with the actual username of the currently-open account. This command changes the directory location to the current desktop.)

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Perform steps 3 through 7 from the first section.

Send the List of Fonts Directly to Printer

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Open the Windows Command Prompt.

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Type the following command line at the prompt:

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dir \ C:\WINDOWS\Fonts >prn

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Press “Enter.” Entering this command sends a list of all of the files currently contained within the C:\WINDOWS\Fonts folder to the printer. In other words, it prints a list of all the fonts currently installed on the computer. By default, the “prn” command sends the print job to whatever printer uses the LPT1 port. If the printer you want to send the font list print job to uses a different port number, replace “prn” with the printer’s port number.