A font family is a group of related fonts sharing a similar design that were intended to be used together.
By default, the Connect Fonts desktop app displays fonts in family groups. To toggle family grouping on and off, choose View > Group Fonts by Family.
Head of the family
A:Expand/Collapse B:Activation C:Favorite D:Family Name E:Type F:Version G:Foundry
Families can be collapsed so that the app shows just a scrolling list of your fonts, or expanded to display individual fonts using the selected preview type.
When collapsed, the family listing includes these elements:
Show or hide previews for each member of the family.
Shows the family’s activation status and lets you activate or deactivate the entire family.
(Gray) means all fonts are deactivated, (Blue) means all fonts are activated temporarily, (Green) means all fonts are activated permanently, and means fonts have mixed activation.
Learn more about Activation and deactivation.
Shows the family’s Favorite status and lets you set the entire family as aFavorite.
means no fonts in the family are favorites, means all fonts are favorites, andmeans some fonts are favorites and some are not.
- Family Name
This is the type or format of all fonts in the family, such as “OpenType-PS” or “TrueType”.
Since Type is one of the criteria used to determine family grouping, this will be the same for all members of the family.
You may have more than one family with the same family name but each with a differentType.
If all members of the family share the same version number, that value is shown here. Otherwise, the Version will be displayed as “--”.
This is the company or person that created or distributes the font.
Since Foundry is one of the criteria used to determine family grouping, this will be the same for all members of the family.
If a font doesn’t have a Foundry assigned, it will be displayed as “--”.
You may have more than one family with the same family name but different Foundry values.
How grouping works
The Connect Fonts desktop app groups fonts into families using the following criteria:
Name: Fonts with the same family name.
Foundry: Fonts are from the same foundry. Therefore, a Bauhaus font from Bitstream will be placed in a different family than a Bauhaus font from Monotype.
Type: Fonts are the same type. Therefore, a PostScript Helvetica font will be placed in a different family from a TrueType Helvetica font.
Sometimes two fonts with the same family name will be of different types or have different foundries. The desktop app lists these fonts as two separate families.
If the current library has two different versions of a font with the same name, foundry, and type, they will be placed in the same family. For example, you might have two different versions of Garamond-Book in the Garamond family.
To tell the difference between families, look at the Type and Foundry details in the family header or Info pane. To tell the difference between same-named fonts in a family, look at the Version detail in the Info pane.
Working with families
To select all the fonts in a family, click in the family group header.
To copy a family to a library or set, drag the family group header to the target.
To expand or collapse a family, click the triangle at the far left of the family header.
To expand or collapse all families, hold down OPTION (Mac) orCTRL (Windows) and click the triangle.
To activate all the fonts in a family, click the activation icon to the left of the family name in the family group header.
To permanently activate the family, hold down OPTION (Mac) orCTRL (Windows) and click the family activation icon.
To deactivate the family, click the family activation icon again.
To mark the fonts in a family as favorites, click the star icon in the family group header.
To remove a family from your favorites, click the star icon again.