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What Windows Fonts MUST be Kept

oaktrees asked
Need to delete my too many fonts.

Here is a list I found online of what fonts must be kept.  Is this accurate?

Arial (TrueType)
Arial Bold (TrueType)
Arial Bold Italic (TrueType)
Arial Italic (TrueType)
Courier 10,12,15 (VGA res)
Courier New (TrueType)
Courier New Bold (TrueType)
Courier New Bold Italic (TrueType)
Courier New Italic (TrueType)
Marlett (Windows 95/98) *
Modern (Plotter)
MS Sans Serif 8,10,12,14,18,24 (VGA res)
MS Serif 8,10,12,14,18,24 (VGA res)
Roman (Plotter)
Script (Plotter)
Small fonts (VGA res)
Symbol (TrueType)
Symbol 8,10,12,14,18,24 (VGA res)
Times New Roman (TrueType) -
Times New Roman Bold (TrueType)
Times New Roman Bold Italic (TrueType)
Times New Roman Italic (TrueType)
Wingdings (TrueType)
Any font with a red A for its icon.
Any font that begins with the letters MS.

*Marlett is a hidden system file and it will not show up in a search, however, it may show up in your program font lists.


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Software Team Lead
I think you can't really safe a lot of space by removing the fonts from your system. furthermore, removing system default fonts could be a bad idea. you are not guaranteed what will happen in the future.

in my opinion, you could look for other options to safe space for your system, if that's the main concern.


Hi Ryan,

I think you're right about saving space.  I need to reduce the number of fonts to make it easier to design.  

I think you're also right about it "could be a bad idea."  

Need to find a good Expert list of the ones must keep.


Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
Most Valuable Expert 2014
This doesn't directly answer your question but this page shows the fonts installed with different Microsoft products.

I don't think that i can add much to what previous responders have said.

The link provided by  @Dave Baldwin is a good start, although it does not provide anything more up-to-date than Windows 8 and Office 2010.

... and even if you keep all the fonts on these two lists, other applications on your system may depend on different fonts that you have installed separately, or as part of an application install process.

So it is almost impossible to provide a definitive list.


Thanks, ALL! :)))