Creating a Project Fonts Menu in Creative Cloud Apps

Nowadays most graphic designers and production folks have huge font collections numbering in hundreds or thousands. And while it’s great to have that much choice, it can also slow you down when you have to scroll through ridiculously long font menus in apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign CC 2017. The good news is that you don’t have to have to deactivate fonts to declutter your font menus.

Just click the stars to the left of the names of the fonts you want to keep visible in the menu.


This tags them as Favorites. Then click the star at the top of the fonts menu to show only your favorites.


Voila, a (nearly) instant project font menu.


Click the star again to stop filtering by favorites when you want to see all your active fonts.

Posted on: November 7, 2016

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and He is also the author of several video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

4 Comments on Creating a Project Fonts Menu in Creative Cloud Apps

  1. This is very helpful, Mike. Is it possible to save multiple font sets within a single app for different projects? In other words, if you star the fonts you want and then save the workspace?

    • Hi Norman-

      I think the font favorites are stored in preferences so you wouldn’t be able to save them in a workspace (which would be awesome). It’s a great feature request, and I’d suggest posting it here: If you post it there, I know the InDesign engineering team will read it.

  2. This is such a great tip, Mike!

    Just a quick addition to your tip–at least on a Windows machine, the stars are only available in the Font Control Panel drop-down, NOT when you choose “Font” from the Type menu. Also, the font favorites selection can be set as a default by making the selection without having a document open.

    I liked the idea of making a feature request, as you mentioned above, but instead I just made a request asking for the ability to include font sets in CC Libraries. That way they will be accessible in all of the Creative Suite programs.

  3. I download the most of fonts from any free fonts site and after the work I deleate them to not overload my computer. If I include the CC Libraries that will stock my computer. 🙁

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