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Font Xplorer

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Moon Software's Font Xplorer is a freeware font manager that makes it easy to view, print, sample, and handle the many fonts installed on your PC -- and take it from us, there are more fonts in your system than you might realize. Font Xplorer's text compare mode makes it easy to pick just the right font, and it can also search your system to find duplicate fonts that you can remove to reclaim disk space and keep your Windows waistline trim. This tool can load, unload, install, and uninstall fonts by folder, search for uninstalled fonts, show summaries of selected fonts, and create and print font sample sheets. Font Xplorer can also rename fonts so that you can use their full name.

Font Xplorer's user interface is box-standard Windows in style, with a menu bar and toolbar, but the main window is tall and narrow, which saves space. We could customize many aspects of Font Xplorer's interface and controls from the View menu as well as icons on the toolbar. The main window displayed samples of all our fonts in each font's name as soon as we opened the program. We could scroll and click any font to call up its character map, and drag the maps to resize them -- very handy since some fonts and characters are hard to see when rendered in such a tiny view. We could select and copy any symbol as text, rich text, or a vector image file and paste it into documents. A drop-down menu let us view fonts in different scripts, such as Western, Cyrillic, and Greek.

The duplicate font finder found none in our system, nor any uninstalled fonts. Font Xplorer includes a Repair Wizard that can remove invalid font references from the Windows registry, and optionally remove valid references to fonts only installed on a removable drive. It worked quickly and caused no issues in our system. Font Xplorer can also restore the default "magic" folder setting from new Windows installations, which displays all fonts. The Help file may not open in 64-bit Windows, but that's not this fine tool's fault.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 53 votes

    • 5 star: 37
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 4
  • Current version:

    4.3 stars

    out of 53 votes

    • 5 star: 37
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Awesomest =)"

    August 7, 2011  |   By jam1282

    Version: Font Xplorer 1.2.2

    Pros

    Solid performance, holds thousands of fonts, love the customization options.

    Cons

    None that I've run up against!

    Summary

    GET THIS ONE. YOU'LL LOVE IT.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A Must Have for any person with a lot of fonts"

    February 3, 2011  |   By davidamoritzgmailcom

    Version: Font Xplorer 1.2.2

    Pros

    Great easy to use interface. They kept is simple which is a real plus and no crazy pop ups or ads. This is a great program if you have downloaded Font Bonanza it should be packaged together

    Cons

    NO FONTS!!!! CNET hook up the Font Bonanza and these guys together it would be a marriage in heaven

    Summary

    Great easy to use and can see fonts sampled to your own text. Thanks Guys!! A must have for anyone doing anything graphical no matter what finished format ie: Print and Web

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Functions great, but interface is ragged, outdated."

    December 29, 2010  |   By ChicoThorn

    Version: Font Xplorer 1.2.2

    Pros

    Packed with features and options. Clear to understand. Does what it says.

    Cons

    It's ironic that a program that enables you to do so much with fonts is itself anachronistic in that the font in its menus display chunky and pixelated. An update to the interface to take advantage of Cleartype throughout the program would be nice.

    Summary

    I really like the product for its functionality, but cringe at the chunky interface... Also it'd be great to see a decent icon rather than the VERY ragged FX currently being used.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very cool and fun product! Free AND simple!"

    November 13, 2010  |   By NaughtySkinz

    Version: Font Xplorer 1.2.2

    Pros

    I loved the fact that I didn't have to Load this onto each ofthe applications on my computer. It is one of those 'OPEN, RUN, Done' type of downloads!

    Cons

    The read me files seem to be XXLarge and infinate!

    Summary

    Get It already! You cant beat this free font fun!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best font management utility EVER!!!"

    October 30, 2010  |   By Gaia_7

    Version: Font Xplorer 1.2.2

    Pros

    Lets you view any font in any location on your computer. Lets you install or uninstall from any folder. Shows which fonts are already installed in your system.

    Cons

    Only that I didn't find it sooner!

    Summary

    Having been a graphic designer for a couple of decades, font management is key. This is by far the BEST.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Wicked cool font navigator. Simple, yet versatile."

    September 3, 2010  |   By waverydr

    Version: Font Xplorer 1.2.2

    Pros

    Easy to use and a great help in finding the right font.

    Cons

    Not much to report on the negative side. Had some window pop up telling me that I had selected 953 fonts, "did I want to continue?" Probably something I did messing around with its features. This truly rocks...and its FREE.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "OMG! - BEWARE!!!"

    July 24, 2010  |   By glindawitch

    Version: Font Xplorer 1.2.2

    Pros

    It's free.

    Cons

    I clicked on a button that replaced ALL the fonts in my computer with CHARACTERS!! It was like trying to read hieroglyphics. Hours later I managed to uninstall the program & nearly cried tears of JOY when I saw LETTERS on the desktop after rebooting.

    Summary

    Be very very careful. This is a powerful program that nearly rendered my system inoperable.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "light weight and does what you need.."

    June 29, 2010  |   By Black_Peter

    Version: Font Xplorer 1.2.2

    Pros

    Light weight, easy to use.

    Cons

    No cons as yet

    Summary

    Not all MS application preview fonts. I used to create a document listing the fonts with samples what a chore. I then tried the internet to to find samples of MS fonts, that didn't work at all. All the websites were listings of Asian fonts. click click on C-net and I have just what I wanted and more. This little tool lists all the fonst on your system, allows management and most importantly lets you see the font as it would appear in a document. Is it Gautami or Corbel? Who can remember? Using FontXplorer you can find the font you need quickly. The tool is light weight so it loads fast and does just what you want without any fiddling. Open it up and boom, all your fonts are there. Some fonts do change appearance with size, no problem simple button controls allow you to increase and decrease the font size, also you can get the sample to display your text, default is AaBbCc123, so you can be sure that "y" looks just how you want it for little Suzi's birthday card. Want to compare several fonts? No problem, tick boxes allow you to select fonts then filter the display to show just those fonts. So, simple to use, does everything you want and nothing you don't, so it's simple to use (did I mention its simple to use?). FontXplorer also has management tools that allow you to find, install and uninstall fonts. This is the kind of app you look for, simple enough to do what you need quickly and with out any monkeying around, yet contains powerful tools to round out it's intent. Five stars..

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good for OTF and TrueType Fonts"

    May 21, 2010  |   By jellyrollnorton

    Version: Font Xplorer 1.2.2

    Pros

    Good for OTF and TrueType Fonts
    Easy-to-use interface

    Cons

    Doesn't recognize Type 1 fonts

    Summary

    Good for a free product, but want it to recognize all of my fonts, even the old ones.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Useless for Arabic fonts"

    March 21, 2010  |   By tmfarid

    Version: Font Xplorer 1.2.2

    Pros

    fast
    small hard disk and memory footprint
    font management tools; finding duplicate fonts, installing and uninstalling fonts

    Cons

    Doesn't display Arabic fonts, and probably other non-English fonts too...
    Cannot classify fonts in groups as classic, casual, formal..etc

    Summary

    I fin it a great fast light application, with easy browsing and management capabilities., but I needed an application to browse my library of Arabic fonts, and select classic ones. This application replaces Arabic characters by squares! Lots of them... :-)

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