Font Management with Tags

Typeface app offers a very flexible tag system to keep your font library organized, and simple drag & drop actions make it easy to use.

Using tags

The sidebar contains all your custom tags. Choose one of the tags in the list to show all fonts attached to that tag. You can create new tags by clicking on the (+) button in the sidebar.


Tags in Typeface can be nested, which allows you to create custom organizational structures. To nest a tag, simply add the ’/‘ character to a tag name, e.g. “projects/company”. This will create the ‘projects’ tag if it doesn’t already exist and will create the ‘company’ subtag below ‘projects’.

You can nest multiple levels deep.

nesting tags


Use the Command and Shift keys to select multiple tags in the sidebar. When selecting multiple tags the fonts attached to either of those tags will be displayed. That means that the sets will be combined and the total number of displayed fonts will increase.

inverting tags


You can invert a tag to show all fonts which do not have that tag attached. For example: Option click on the ‘Activated’ tag to show all ‘Deactivated’ fonts. Likewise, inverting the ‘User’ tag will display the ‘System’ fonts tag.

inverting tags


Use the search input field in the toolbar to filter fonts from the current set. If you start typing the ‘#’ character Typeface will autocomplete available tags. All fonts must have the entered tags attached to be displayed.

For example: enter ‘#typeface/activated’ to only show activated fonts.

You can also filter fonts which don’t have a particular tag attached by inverting the tag. To do so type ‘#!’ in the search bar and Typeface will show autocompletion options.

For example: enter ‘#!quick-collection’ in the search bar to hide collected fonts.

Filtering will subtract a set of fonts from the currently visible fonts; it will decrease the number of displayed fonts.

filtering tags

Modifying tags

Attaching tags

Simply drag fonts to a tag in the sidebar to attach it. If you want to detach a tag instead, hold the Option key when dropping the font on the sidebar tag.

attaching tags

To attach fonts to a new tag, simply drag & drop those fonts onto the (+) button in the sidebar. The fonts will immediately be added to the newly created tag.

Renaming & removing

Double click a tag to rename it. Right click to show a context menu with the ‘Delete Tag’ option.

Exporting & backup

It’s important that you won’t lose your carefully organized library. That’s why Typeface offers you to export and backup your tags to a simple to read JSON file.

You can also use this to import tags to other font managers if they support it. This makes sure you’re not locked to Typeface, the tags you create are yours.

To import/export your tags open the app Preferences and go to Import.

Identifying untagged fonts

You know what is annoying? Untagged fonts. That’s why Typeface has a special #typeface/tagged tag, which filters all tagged/untagged fonts.

Enter ‘#!typeface/tagged’ into the search input field to show fonts that don’t have any custom tags attached.

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