Selection & Quick Collection
In Typeface you’re collecting fonts instead of selecting. When you collect a font it goes into the Quick Collection, a temporary workspace for interesting fonts.
The Quick Collection is a more persistent implementation of selection. In most apps when you accidentally click outside of your selection, your selection is gone. Because Typeface is focused on exploring fonts and marking candidates as you go, accidentally clearing your selection would be less than ideal. That’s why Typeface keeps your collection around until you explicitly clear it.
How does it work?
There are multiple ways to collect fonts:
- Drag a preview to the app toolbar
- Press the Command key and left-click on a preview
To remove a font from the Quick Collection Command left-click again on the preview or drag it outside the app window.
Collect a range of fonts by holding the Shift and Command key and clicking on a preview. Typeface will collect the previews in between the previous two clicks.
Viewing the Quick Collection
Click the Quick Collection icon in the toolbar to view your collected fonts. Clicking the icon again will return to your previous view, so you can keep on exploring where you left off. You can also display the Quick Collection by using the keyboard shortcut Command+0 (zero).
Targeting the Quick Collection when dragging
Normally when you drag a preview only that single preview (and its family members) are targeted. To drag your collected previews instead, hold the Command key before starting to drag. This works the same for right clicking: hold Command and right click on a collected preview to get the context menu for the currently collected previews.
Clearing the Quick Collection
If you want to start over and clear your currently collected fonts right click the Quick Collection icon in the toolbar and choose ‘Clear Quick Collection’, or use the keyboard shortcut Command+Shift+X. Another way of removing multiple fonts from the Quick Collection is by holding Command (= target collected fonts) and dragging them outside the app window.
Saving the Quick Collection
To save the Quick Collection simply Command-drag the collected fonts to the (+) button in the sidebar. This will create a new tag and the collected fonts will be attached to it.
What happens to the Quick Collection after closing Typeface?
Typeface will restore your Quick Collection if it still contains previews when you close the app. You can find the previous Quick Collection by choosing the ‘#saved-quick-collection’ tag in the sidebar. If you’d rather keep the fonts collected instead of in a separate tag, choose the ‘Restore Quick Collection’ option in the Preferences.
Don’t like holding the Command key to target collected fonts? Try the Collection Priority Mode setting in the Preferences. When turned on this option will invert the preview click behavior:
- Click to toggle collect
- Command-click to view font details
Dragging and right click will target all collected fonts by default. If you simply want to drag a single font instead hold down Command (remember: it’s inverted).