Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Several sites and blogs advise users to remove the excess fonts from their OS. Does this help in performance or is this just a myth? If it is true, why is that so?

share|improve this question
    
Why is it these blogs suggest moving the fonts? That'd be a helpful point. –  ekaj Dec 18 '12 at 13:10
add comment

3 Answers

The reason that it is recommended is that Windows (at least, not sure about Mac and Linux) has to load font information on boot. Not only can this slow the boot process (though I don't think you would actually notice this on a modern computer) but, more importantly, each font requires an amount of in-memory storage. This is then no longer available to other OS processes and so can slow down the OS due to paging.

So on a modern computer with plenty of memory and a fast drive, you won't notice any difference under normal circumstances.

share|improve this answer
add comment

From my own experience, I have to say yes, installing many fonts will slow down a system. My own anecdotal evidence is as follows:

In early 2011, I wanted to see if there was any truth as to whether a lot of fonts slowed down a system. To test it out, I used FontFrenzy on a Windows 7 machine to unload all but the fonts installed with Windows 7 by default. In all, I disabled about 250 fonts I had accumulated. That being the only change I made, my boot time (from BIOS screen to useable Desktop screen) lowered by 6 seconds (from 50 seconds to 44 seconds). Programs like Word, Photoshop, etc. felt like they loaded faster (however, I didn't actually time them).

I don't recall the exact system specs, but it was an i5 machine running Win 7 Home Premium with 6GB RAM and a 750GB Caviar Green 5400RPM drive.

The problem with anecdotal evidence like this is that I'm sure that no one is going to have the exact software/hardware setup I had. However, for the one test I ran, it cut the boot time slightly by having less fonts.

share|improve this answer
add comment

The main performance hit is not the fonts on their own, but the extended load times for applications using them (Word, Excel, Corel etc.).

Graphics-Unleashed
SourceDaddy

share|improve this answer
    
If you're not actively using the fonts, then why load them and consume system resources? –  da4 Dec 18 '12 at 14:41
    
@da4 I'm not OT, I on my own have to develop and test software with different fonts, an since I've to use chinese for testing too, a few others won't harm me. –  bummi Dec 18 '12 at 14:55
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.