How can I change a font name (not the ttf filename, but the actual font name)?

For example, I want to rename "Tahoma" to "Tahoma7".

My goal is to rename the Tahoma font installed on Windows 7 and install it on Windows XP under different name, so I will have both Tahoma fonts installed on a single operating system. The two fonts are slightly different, and I'd like to have them both.

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FontForge may be of use:

FontForge -- An outline font editor that lets you create your own postscript, truetype, opentype, cid-keyed, multi-master, cff, svg and bitmap (bdf, FON, NFNT) fonts, or edit existing ones. Also lets you convert one format to another. FontForge has support for many macintosh font formats.

  • Thanks. It helps. I have used other free font editor Type 2.2, but it doesn't matter.
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    Mar 16, 2010 at 16:02
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    – VoteCoffee
    Sep 23, 2014 at 18:28
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    @VoteCoffee You can type <driveletter>: in the open dialog and press enter, this opens up the open dialog of a different drive. (Not too intuitive, I just found it accidentally and it seemed useful to share)
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    Nov 4, 2014 at 10:03
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    Free / Open Source!
    – Jess
    Feb 25, 2016 at 14:31

TTX is a command line tool and can be make it pretty simple to change a font's name. There's a tutorial on how to do exactly that here: http://www.fontgeek.net/blog/?p=343

Download TTX as part of fonttools


You can use Typograf for that.

Navigate to the folder where font is located, select .ttf file, click Properties. Properties window will appear:

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Change font names (font family, full name, Postscript name etc) as required and click "Save as..." button.

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    The version I just downloaded no longer seems to have the ability to click on the above fields to edit them. Oct 20, 2022 at 5:01

Per this answer on StackOverflow:

  • Import your font file in the online Glyphrstudio font editor
  • Click the hamburger icon on the top left
  • Select font setting and change title and meta data from there
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  1. Download and install FontForge.
  2. Right-click and “Run as Administrator” on this installation file.
  3. Click through the prompts and install a shortcut on your desktop.
  4. To run FontForge, right click on the shortcut and select “Run as Administrator.”
  5. Find the font you want to edit, highlight it, and click “OK.”
  6. Click Element > Font Info
  7. Change the Font Name, Family Name, and Name For Humans as needed
    • Font Name should be: FamilyNameVariationName-Weight. For example: EncodeSansCondensed-ExtraBold or DMSans36pt-ExtraLight. If there is no Variation: AlegreyaSans-SemiBold.
    • Family Name should be the main name with no modifiers. For example, the Family Name of CrimsonDisplay-LightItalic, CrimsonDisplay-Black, and CrimsonText-Regular is Crimson.
    • Name for Humans should be the same as Font Name.
  8. Click “Ok” after making those changes.
  9. To save it, go to File > Generate Fonts.
  10. Select the folder you’d like to save it to.
  11. Select TrueType from the dropdown and click “Generate.”
  12. You may get some errors. If you are knowledgeable about fonts and FontForge, correct them if you’d like. Otherwise, simple press “Generate” to continue.
  13. The new TTF file will appear in the directory you saved it in. You may close FontForge without saving the SFD file.

It does not appear you can do this. I opened the tahoma.ttf file in a hex editor and the version information (including the font family name) is encrypted with something from VeriSign, Inc., specifically VeriSign Time Stamping Services CA. I see the files are different versions, but I can't visually see any difference.

  • Difference is in the Unicode part (national fonts)
    – RubyWedge
    Mar 16, 2010 at 15:10
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    It's not encryption but signing: a digital signature. Mar 16, 2010 at 19:59
  • It is not encypted. I have successfully edited the font.
    – RubyWedge
    Mar 17, 2010 at 7:16

Microsoft Windows's Font properties editor is free and available at www.microsoft.com (no DKIM).

It will do the job.


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