Filter fonts by language support

Some fonts may not support all the characters you need. If you don’t want to see these font you can hide them from your overview.

General language filters

The search filters allow you to filter fonts that support a specific language.

  1. Click on the search field
  2. Choose the 文A button for language filter options
  3. Select one of the displayed languages

The top of the list shows the language(s) you’ve setup as default macOS language. Once a language is selected Typeface will only display fonts that support the chosen language. You can enable multiple language options if you’re looking for fonts that need to support multiple languages.

Hide fonts that are missing specific glyphs

If you want to be more specific about which characters you need you can use the Preview Text option (previously Hide Fonts Missing Glyphs). When enabled this option hides all fonts that don’t contain some of the characters you want to preview.

Click the Pr button in the toolbar to change the preview text and enter the characters you need, for example “Tipografía Fantástica”. You can also Right click on a preview and choose Preview > Languages to show a pangram of common characters in a specific script.

You may notice that some of your fonts are not able to display all the characters of your preview. These missing glyphs will be replaced by greyed-out alternatives. If the full preview is greyed-out that means that that particular font cannot display any of the entered characters.

Font missing glyphs
Font missing glyphs for the í and á characters
Font missing glyphs
Font missing glyphs for all characters used in the preview

To hide these fonts follow these steps:

  1. Click on the search field
  2. Choose the 文A button for language filter options
  3. Enable Preview Text

Once enabled all fonts that cannot display some of the previewed characters will be hidden. For example: if a font doesn’t contain glyphs for the í or á in Tipografía Fantástica it will not be shown in the grid.

Note that the app needs to load all fonts in order to check their character support, so if you have many fonts it may slow down app launch. You can disable the setting again when you don’t need it. This filter is persistent and will stay enabled when you close and reopen the app.

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