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.


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

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.

  • 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
  • 1
    The close dialog box is too much annoying
    – Anwar
    Feb 27 '16 at 12:06

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.
    – user1686
    Mar 16 '10 at 19:59
  • It is not encypted. I have successfully edited the font.
    – RubyWedge
    Mar 17 '10 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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