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Tip of the Week: Turning Off Recent Fonts

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InDesign’s Recent Fonts feature has been around since CS6, allowing you to quickly access up to 50 of your most recently used fonts from the top of the menus in the Control and Character panels.


But some folks don’t like the fact that this feature can make it harder to browse through fonts you haven’t used recently.

If you open a font menu when you have some text selected, the current font will be selected in the recent fonts part of the menu (at the top). So you have to scroll back down to see it in the context of all your other fonts. This can be particularly annoying if you’re just browsing through a long list of fonts, not knowing yet which one you want to apply.

So the solution here is to simply turn the Recent Fonts feature off, by going to Type Preferences and setting the value to zero.


InDesign will still keep track of your recent fonts, so they will appear when you set the value back to something higher than zero. And in the meantime, you can browse and apply fonts without being taken back to the top of the fonts menu every time.

Note that you can avoid the problem with Recent Fonts if you use the search feature in the Fonts menus, by typing part of the name of the font you want. But again, search won’t help you if your goal is to smoothly browse through your fonts.

Mike Rankin

Mike Rankin

Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and Author of LinkedIn Learning courses on InDesign, Illustrator, GIMP, Inkscape, and Adobe Dimension.
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6 Comments on “Tip of the Week: Turning Off Recent Fonts

  1. FINALLY! thank you! so much works in photoshop as well.
    Adobe has 0 understanding of UX or what their user base needs or want.

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