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Check For Font Existence

Posted on 2006-11-14
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Different versions of MS products install various different fonts.  I want my application to check for a series of fonts to see if they exist on the target machine.  As an example, I want to check the following fonts, in the following order:

Arial Narrow
Tahoma
Verdana
Arial

Then set the first one that exists for use on my reports.  Arial Narrow is not distributed with Windows, but is with other products, (Office, etc.), so I want to make sure they exist to avoid unwanted substitution.
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Question by:grafixnetwork
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Use this function to determine if a font exists:

Public Function IsFontInstalled( _
      ByVal FontName As String _
   ) As Boolean
   
   Dim Index As Integer
   For Index = 0 To Screen.FontCount - 1
      If Screen.Fonts(Index) = FontName Then
         IsFontInstalled = True
         Exit Function
      End If
   Next I
   
End Function

Kevin
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by:grafixnetwork
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Thanks - anyway to do it without have to loop through all installed fonts?
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by:zorvek (Kevin Jones)
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There wouldn't be a way without getting into Windows SDK calls. Given that you will most likely not be checking for fonts that often and there are not that many fonts on any system to begin with, such a loop is really not a bad thing.

Is there a specific reason why you would not want to loop through all fonts?

Kevin
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Option Explicit

Public Function IsFontInstalled(ByVal sFontName As String) As Boolean
   Dim oFont As New StdFont
   On Error GoTo ErrHandler
   oFont.Name = sFontName
   If oFont.Name = sFontName Then
      IsFontInstalled = True
   End If
   Exit Function
ErrHandler:
End Function
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by:zorvek (Kevin Jones)
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You have to be careful with error handling. In compiled VB apps error handling consumes a lot of extra cycles and can be much worse than iterating through a small list without error handling.

See http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Visual_Basic/Q_21981575.html for first hand experience.

Kevin
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by:danaseaman
danaseaman earned 250 total points
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As it turns out trying to set a Font Name to a non-existent font does not raise an error so you can remove the error handler. Also added StrComp to ignore case.

Public Function IsFontInstalled(ByVal sFontName As String) As Boolean
   Dim oFont As New StdFont
   oFont.Name = sFontName
   If StrComp(oFont.Name, sFontName, vbTextCompare) = 0 Then
      IsFontInstalled = True
   End If
End Function
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