Custom fonts not showing up in Microsoft Applications?


Hey Guys...

I have a big problem and I know there are a bunch of smart font people on here so I sure you can help...

I'm building an icon font in FontLab Studio 5.1 and for the life of me I cannot get the font to show up in Microsoft Applications (Word, Powerpoint etc.). Shows up in every other professional app like Illustrator, InDesign... I read all the docs on Microsofts website pertaining to output when making a typeface by MS standards and I followed it perfectly (I think).


I'm hoping someone can lead me in the right direction...

Thanks a ton in advance :)

Microsoft VTT for hinting

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I want to download the Microsoft VTT tool, but I can't figure out how is it possible!
Right here, on it tells that I must fax them a copy of a signed agreement. First of all, come on, fax in 2014? And also the link to that agreement doesn't work.

I've googled for it and couldn't find any solutions. I've seen some links to it on the FontLab forum, but they also do not work.

Does anybody know how to get Microsoft VTT?

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Microsoft products (MS Windows & MS Office) come with a variety of serif fonts. If you were limited to use Microsoft serif fonts only (for printed text), which would be your favourites to use?

I like Century Schoolbook, Goudy Old Style and Book Antiqua (Palatino Linotype has a wider line spacing by default).

Thank you.

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Hey all,

This is the link posted by zeno333 ( ) to know what is your favorite letter.
There is another thing towards the end of the video where Mr. Spiekermann criticizes Microsoft a lot. He goes to say that Microsoft is a company with bad tatse and stingy( since they didn't want to pay Linotype their license). He also says they commissioned Segoe to look like Frutiger and Arial to look like Helvetica.
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Do you think Mr. Spiekermann is right here?


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I have heard many people have problems with Microsoft programs loading various fonts, but I would like to sell this font sometime soon and don't want to have to tell anyone that it doesn't work in some Microsoft programs.

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I put together this GreaseMonkey script that replaces the logo (and favicon) on and I hope you find it useful.