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  • How to open fonts - a step by step tutorial


    I've just started using this great software tool recently, and I have to stay it is absolutely amazing.
    My first job was compare my downloaded free fonts folder with the Windows 7 system Fonts folder (C:\Windows\Fonts). Then I double clicked one of the fonts and it was opened with some hexeditor, and not the default Windows font viewer.
    Later I've found the right click "Open with" / "Associated Application" option, but it takes still too long to look so many files.

    I have three questions:

    1. Is there a method to open the fonts with the Windows 7 default font viewer by double click?
    2. If not, is it possible to use a shortcut to open the fonts with fontview?
    3. How to use the "Open With" Applications form under the Options menu? I've read the manual several times, but it's still not clear. Sorry for being a noob... If someone would so kind to share an example how to fill the form (especially Command line, Working Folder and Shortcut) that would be very helpful.

    For example: how to open *.ttf files with fontview.exe (C:\Windows\System32); what do I need to exactly type into the boxes under Open With" Applications" submenu?

    Thanks and Cheers,

  • #2

    The Open With options are actually another menu (similar to Explorer>) in the right click menu. It does not affect the double click. You can, however, bind them to a shortcut on your keyboard for quick access.

    Double-click will always open up a comparison window within beyond compare of the appropriate format (Text Compare for plain text, Data Compare for excel or csv files, Picture Compare for picture files, Hex Compare for binary files, etc.). You can define the Tools menu -> File Formats to pick what files open with which viewer, create custom file formats that perform conversions, etc.

    Here is a sample Open With KB article:

    Let us know if you still have any questions.
    Aaron P Scooter Software


    • #3
      For your specific example, you could enter the command line of:
      fontview %f

      If you plan to select multiple files at once, then we may need to tweak it a bit more.
      Aaron P Scooter Software