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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. – RubyWedge Mar 16 '10 at 16:02
  • Using Win7 SP1 it keeps crashing on me. It also couldn't navigate to a different drive other than C: and didn't have an intuitive save as type setup. – VoteCoffee Sep 23 '14 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) – Csq Nov 4 '14 at 10:03
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    Free / Open Source! – Jess Feb 25 '16 at 14:31
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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 from SourceForge

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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.

  • works nicely - and quick install – Simon Apr 6 '11 at 6:44
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    Horrible, terrible UI, and the buttons move to try and trick you into buying it – jjxtra Aug 31 '12 at 22:19
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    -1 This shareware isn't worth the money – mate64 Jan 29 '13 at 12:38
  • The close dialog box is too much annoying – Anwar Feb 27 '16 at 12:06
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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 '10 at 15:10
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    It's not encryption but signing: a digital signature. – grawity Mar 16 '10 at 19:59
  • It is not encypted. I have successfully edited the font. – RubyWedge Mar 17 '10 at 7:16
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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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