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How to show the Add Fonts window

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I would like to know how I can show the 'Add Fonts' window (Control Panel/Fonts/Add Fonts) from my program and if possible at a predifined location (like e:\new fonts)
with the 'Copy fonts to Fonts folder' option ON.

API, Shell, regular or custom code, it doesn't matter.
I'm using VB6-SP1.

Note:
I know I can show the Fonts window from the Control Panel with the Shell command
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @3, but I realy need to trigger the 'Add Fonts' window.

Thank you!
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MikeP090797 earned 800 total points
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You can build one pretty easily by yourself, using DirList and FileList controls, and to actualy install the font, you can use AddFontResource.
If you need more details, just ask.
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by:bluefive
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Is AddFontResource all I need?
I thought this would make a font available to the system just temporarily...

Don't I have to do something like:
a. Copy the font to the fonts dir
b. Write to the registry
c. Call AddFontResource
d. Call CreateSccalableFontResource
e. Call SendMessage(HWND_BROADCAST,WM_FONTCHANGE,0,0)

Or am I making things too complicated? Please tell me I do! ;-)


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You will need to copy the font into the font dir, but you don't need CreateScallableFontResource. AddFontResource takes every type of fonts:

>>Pointer to a null-terminated character string that contains a valid font file filename. The filename may specify either a .FON font resource file, a .FNT raw bitmap font file, a .TTF raw TrueType file, or a .FOT TrueType resource file.

You will also have to notify with WM_FONTCHANGED, I forgot that part.
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Thanks very much!
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