Printer fonts vs. Windows fonts?

Printer fonts vs. Windows fonts?

Post by Georg » Sun, 08 Feb 2004 05:13:23

Am using WinXP PC, and an old popular office favorite...HP 4050 LaserJet.

The printer itself has on its menu a selection entitled "Print PCL Font
List", which of course prints a long list of samples. (Last time I printed
them, there might have been a few hundred samples, give or take a few dozen)

What's the purpose and difference in this and the long list of fonts in
Windows when I drop down the Font box and see hundreds of fonts. And if I
use a popular font-generator macro, I can see hundreds of samples.

I'm not sure which shows the most fonts, would it be Windows? are they the
same fonts in both lists?


Printer fonts vs. Windows fonts?

Post by Thomas Fer » Sun, 08 Feb 2004 08:33:04

The PCL font list is a list of fonts for which the font outline data is
stored in the printer and need not be sent to the printer to use them. These
fonts are termed "printer resident". The resident fonts for the selected
default printer will be displayed in menus.

The Windows font list will also include any installed TrueType fonts. If
your OS is Windows 2000 or XP or 2003 Server, installed PS Type 1 fonts are
also displayed.

So the Windows font list is a superset of the printer's resident font list.

I hope this is the information you want.