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In Windows XP, while a font was open in the font previewer you could also use it in other applications. It was kind of like a temporary install of the font. When you closed the previewer, the font would no longer be available. I used this feature often, as I have a lot of fonts I want to use only for a short period without having them clutter up my font list.

This doesn't appear to be working in Windows 7. Is this a feature that Microsoft eliminated?

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I suspect that this may have to do with the underlying API calls, and as such an answer might be found on SO. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Apr 25 '11 at 4:45

It was probably a bug rather than a feature.

However, if you'd like temporary font loading in Windows 7, I suggest AMP Font Viewer. It's freeware, fairly lightweight, and does temporary font loading. IIRC, you don't need to run as Administrator to have temp loading capability.

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