TrueType Font Limits in Windows 95/98/Me

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Summary
You can install a maximum of approximately 1000 TrueType fonts in MicrosoftWindows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Millennium. The exact number of TrueType fonts you can install varies, and depends on the length of the TrueType font names and file names.
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Installed TrueType fonts are listed in the registry and in the GraphicsDevice Interface (GDI).

The Registry

All font files are registered under a single key in the registry, and aregistry key cannot exceed 64 KB in Windows 95. If font names average 20 characters in length and font file names average 10 characters in length, the maximum number of TrueType fonts you can install falls between 1000 and 1500.

If a TrueType font file is located in a folder other than the Fonts or theSystem folder, the full path to the font is included in the registry,using up more space in the key and reducing the number of fonts you caninstall.

The GDI

The GDI contains an internal list of fonts, with 10 KB reserved for fontfile names. If font file names average 10 characters in length, the maximumnumber of TrueType fonts you can install is approximately 1000.

You can use all installed TrueType fonts simultaneously and you can printthem in the same document.

Note that the Windows 95 Resource Kit incorrectly states that there is nolimit to the number of TrueType fonts you can install in Windows 95 and Windows 98.
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