The more fonts you have installed on your system the longer it will take the system to start up. That's one of the reasons why some PC users like to keep the installed font count at the bare minimum on their system. That's easier said than done considering that you may need to use some fonts, for instance for design jobs, documentations or that funny PowerPoint presentation with that Alien theme that you want to send around in office.
Font Load Unload is a free portable software for the Windows operating system that can load fonts without installing them on the system. Fonts loaded this way become accessible as if they were installed on the system until the Windows session is ended, for instance by logging off, shutting down or restarting the PC.
The program displays a list of all installed and loaded fonts in the program interface on start up.
You can load a font either by dragging and dropping it onto the load button in the program interface or by clicking the Load button to select the fonts using a standard Windows file browser.
Once a font has been loaded it becomes selectable just like any other font on the system. This includes programs such as Microsoft Office, image editors like Paint.Net or Photoshop, or web browsers and email clients.
Fonts can be unloaded during a session by selecting them in the program interface and clicking on Unload afterwards.
The program supports saving a list of loaded fonts to load that list and all fonts included in later sessions.
The core benefit of Font Load Unload is that it adds fonts to a system temporarily. While it is possible to install and uninstall fonts as well, it would require that the user would remember to uninstall all temporarily loaded fonts before changing the system's power state.
With Font Load Unload that is not necessary. Another benefit is the portable nature of the program. You may not have permission to install fonts on a computer system. Loading fonts however may work so that you can use fonts that are not installed on the system.
Windows users can download Font Load Unload from the developer website. The program is compatible with all 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the operating system.
Update: The developer website is no longer available. You can download the latest Font Load-Unload application from Softpedia.
Update 2: The developer website is up again. You can download the latest version of Font Load Unload from it.
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