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I notice there are shortcut-like arrows in a few of my fonts.

Anybody knows what these means?

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Those arrows indicate fonts that are stored in a location other than C:\Windows\Fonts. When you attempt to open that folder in Windows Explorer, it actually opens a special fonts utility with all installed fonts on the system. To get an actual listing of the files in the directory, use dir C:\Windows\Fonts in the command prompt.

Installed fonts are actually listed in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts registry key; the value name is the font name and the data is the location. If the location has no path specified, the default fonts folder is assumed (%SystemRoot%\Fonts). If there is a path specified, then you get that shortcut arrow when you attempt to use the Windows fonts utility.

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You can also see the path of a specific font in the properties:

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