How to identify used font in a text document?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by feuerschlange, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. feuerschlange macrumors regular

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    I paste a text from one app to another (Safari to Stickies) and would like to alter the font.

    I forgot the font, used in my other stickies and would like to identify them, to set the new sticky to the same font.

    How do I do it?

    In Windows, I mark a text in any app and go to the font setting. Windows shows me life, which font is used with the marked text (as long, as it is one unique font marked only).

    OS X does not seem to have this function.

    A style brush as in Windows would also be helpful, to copy over font, font color and background color.
     
  2. Ashka macrumors 6502a

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    Open old sticky > select text > Menubar > Font > Show fonts
    The Collection > Family > Type face and size will be selected in the font window.
    Works the same way in TextEdit

    Copy and pasting styles icons are available on the toolbar in Pages.
    Available under Format > Font in TextEdit ~ command option c & v
    Have fun
    S.
     
  3. feuerschlange thread starter macrumors regular

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    No it does not. It does not show the used font of the highlighted text, rather than the last used font.

    This is my issue. In Windows, the text selector shows life, what font is used in any selected text.

    So the problem remains - how to identify text?

    Did I miss a setting?
     
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Whether or not you want to accept it, Ashka stated the facts. Text Edit properly identifies the font, style, and size of selected text. However, identifying uninstalled fonts is a feature of high-end applications. Other apps tend to automatically substitute a default for missing fonts. You appear to be jonesing on an obscure font named Life. If you want to use this font on your Mac, then you need to install the font on your Mac.
     
  5. feuerschlange thread starter macrumors regular

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    When I command+T, to open the font selector in any program, it shows recent text fonts.
    It does not display the actually marked text.

    The text in question is a system installed font.
    What am I missing?
     
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Choose the All Fonts collection.
     
  7. feuerschlange thread starter macrumors regular

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    Doh! Thanks for the help!
     
  8. Leif435 macrumors newbie

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    I've needed this for years!
    Really good to finally know how to identify the font on a Mac.
     

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