Having a streamlined setup is crucial to having a good workflow with Suitcase Fusion. This article will show you how to set up your system to optimally run Suitcase Fusion on a Windows 7 machine. It should only take about 5-10 minutes to go through.
Clean up your Windows Font Folder.
The "System Fonts" container in Suitcase Fusion shows a list of the fonts located in the C:\Windows\Fonts folder. Now that you are using Suitcase Fusion, C:\Windows\Fonts should only contain essential fonts for the Windows operating system and your personal design fonts should be in the Suitcase Fusion "Font Library".
- Deactivate any fonts that are active in the Suitcase Fusion "Font Library".
- Choose Edit > Preferences and click the Type Core tab.
- Click the Stop Type Core button and click on the Stop Type Core button again to confirm. This will quit Suitcase.
- Create a new folder on the Desktop and name it something similar to "Backup Windows Fonts".
- Navigate to C:\Windows\Fonts
- Press CTRL+A to select all the fonts inside the Fonts folder.
- Copy all the fonts from the C:\Windows\Fonts folder to the new desktop folder to make a backup.
- After verifying all the fonts are copied to the backup folder, Press CTRL+A to select all the fonts in C:\Windows\Fonts and delete them. This will purge all non-essential fonts.
Note: Essential fonts for Windows 7 cannot be deleted with this method so there is nothing to fear. During the deletion process you may see a number of Windows interactive popup dialog, for example:
- You may see a dialog box asking "Are you sure you want to delete this font collection?" Select. "Yes, I want to delete this entire font collection from my computer" and check the box on the lower right corner that says " Do this for all selected font collections".
- You will see a dialog stating that some fonts cannot be deleted because it's a "protected system font". These fonts are essential to Windows 7 for basic functionality. Check the box on the lower right that says, "Don't show this message again" and click the Close Button.
Add your fonts to Suitcase Fusion
Add any fonts you want to use to the SF "Font Library" via drag and drop. This will copy the fonts into the SF font vault so you can turn them on and off. You can keep your original fonts anywhere on your PC except for the C:\Windows\Fonts folder mentioned above.
Add the "Backup Windows Fonts" folder on your desktop to your Suitcase Fusion "Font Library" via drag and drop if they are fonts you wish to use or sort thru.
After Suitcase Fusion finishes adding the backup fonts to the "Font Library", restart your PC.
Now you have a clean Windows 7 system running with just the essential fonts Windows 7 needs to function and all of your design fonts are in SF to turn on and off as needed.
Your computer will start up faster, your design programs will run faster, and your font menus will be much shorter and easier to navigate.