Is removing fonts a bad idea (on Windows 7 / Server 2008 in particular)?

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    Why would you even want to do that? Oct 5, 2010 at 3:24
  • From a usability perspective; using a font selection drop-down that's populated with more fonts than you need isn't helpful. At a guess I'd only use around %5 (max) of the ones installed (by default) on my machine.
    – Adrian K
    Oct 5, 2010 at 20:41

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If you remove a font used by the system, then everything will look dicky and weird.

Apart from that, you should be OK - but I can't think of any good reason to be removing fonts from servers, but if that's what you want to do, then go for it.

  • Thanks. I was mainly thinking of the impact on end-user machines but it occurred to me that there might be specific issues on servers. Any idea how you'd identify fonts used by the system (or should I post that as a separate question)?
    – Adrian K
    Oct 5, 2010 at 2:14
  • Unless the server needs those fonts for something that it does (PDF generation, perhaps) then it should not matter one bit.
    – mfinni
    Oct 5, 2010 at 2:28
  • @Adrian - there's no real definitive list. A quick-and-dirty method would be to go to the display settings, and customise your theme and just look at all the fonts in use for different things. Oct 5, 2010 at 2:46

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