This topic seems to recycle through news groups every so
often, so I thought to share one solution I came up with. The problem is
to determine name of an installed font file (e.g., ARIAL.TTF),
given display name of a font (e.g., Arial). The solution involves
enumerating fonts listed in registry, after first checking
Windows OS version.
What it does
The demo FontFileTest project shows how to retrieve font file name from
a font's display name (which is name you will see in MS Word font
combobox, for example). All Win32 versions of Windows, going back to
original Win95, have a directory called "Fonts" under Windows directory.
This directory is mirrored in registry under key
Except, of course, under NT, where "Windows" is replaced with "Windows NT".
How to use it
There is only one function that you need to call,
This takes care of checking OS version and enumerating fonts.
The prototype looks like this:
BOOL GetFontFile(LPCTSTR lpszFontName, CString& strDisplayName, CString& strFontFile).
lpszFontName passes in font's display name, and
contain font's display name and file name upon successful return.
To integrate this function into your own program, you'll first need to add
following files to your project:
Next, include header file GetFontFile.h in module
where you want to call
For an example of how to call
GetFontFile, see FontFileTestDlg.cpp in demo project.
This code was built under VC 6.0, and has been tested under
Win95, Win98, NT4, and Win2000. One thing to keep in mind is that
GetFontFile() tries to
match whatever string you pass in via
It doesn't have to be the complete display name. This
means that if you call it like this:
GetFontFile("a", strName, strFile),
it will match the first font in the registry whose display name begins
with an "a". Since the fonts in registry are not sorted when you
enumerate them (although they appear to be when use Regedit), it is hard
to say which font this would be. To see how this works, look at the
output in the debug output window.
Why it may not work for you
Unfortunately, this cannot be considered a 100% effective method
for finding name of a font file.
If a font has been installed in a normal manner, and if it is in
Windows "Font" directory, then this method will probably work.
It will probably work for most screen fonts and TrueType fonts.
However, this method might not work for fonts that are created
or installed dynamically, or that are specific to a particular
device, or that are not installed into font directory.
I have noticed that on some systems, there are certain fonts
that seem to be "hidden", such as "System" font and sometimes
"MS Sans Serif" and "MS Serif". Before posting a message or sending me
email, please check first to see if font is listed in the registry
under key I give above. You have to decide for yourself
whether problems I mention here can be lived with.
Thanks to Chris Maunder and all the other people who post here,
for wonderful useful source code.
This software is released into the public domain.
You are free to use it in any way you like.
If you modify it or extend it, please to consider
posting new code here for everyone to share.
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