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With the release of Catalina, Apple has included a ton of localized versions of Noto Sans in its system font library. These fonts can’t be removed or disabled. I actually have the complete Noto Sans and Noto Sans Display font families installed, and it’s difficult to quickly find them now.

A way to be able to hide fonts would be extremely helpful. For the time being I’ve favorited the Noto Sans families I use but I don’t want to have to add every font to my favorite list just to avoid seeing the system fonts.

i see two ways of doing this. The first is adding a hide action next to the existing favorite one and creating a new hidden fonts tab after favorites this allows the user to still select a hidden font for use if they want to. Alternatively, placing the font list in a preference pane, using checkboxes to select fonts you want to hide, and not showing them in the UI at all. In either solution you would be choosing which fonts to hide, not which fonts to show. This way new fonts that are installed would always be immediately available.

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Why have you installed Noto for all possible scripts? It slows down starting not only Affinity software, but all other programs that load fonts on start (i.e. Word etc). Do you really need Avestan, Imperial Aramaic and Glagolitic? Uninstalling most of fonts that you will never use may help to clean the list. Personally I would install specific fonts only when I need them.


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The Noto fonts come with MacOS Catalina and cannot be deleted or deactivated. See https://support.apple.com/en-jo/guide/font-book/fntb2bcb512d/mac and https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210192

They clutter up my font list too and I would appreciate it very much when the devs would think about a clever way to hide fonts from the menu. Maybe even allow us to organise fonts in categories (serif, san serif, project X, client Y). That would save a lot of time.

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