Properties - Identification

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Properties - Identification

Global and horizontal layout information about the font is found on the Identification page (in the Font Properties window). On the Font menu, click Properties, and then click the Identification tab.

In general you are strongly recommended to use only letters, digits and the space character for the naming fields. For example the Mac refuses fonts which contain a quote in the name, so Jack's font will fail to work on a Mac. For CJK fonts, you can use custom naming fields to provide names for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc.


Font Family

The name the user sees. Maximum length is 31 characters.

Font Subfamily

The name of the style.


Indicates a relative change from the normal aspect ratio (width to height ratio) as specified by a font designer for the glyphs in a font.

Note: Although every character in a font may have a different numeric aspect ratio, each character in a font of normal width has a relative aspect ratio of one. When a new type style is created of a different width class (either by a font designer or by some automated means) the relative aspect ratio of the characters in the new font is some percentage greater or less than those same characters in the normal font -- it is this difference that this parameter specifies.


Indicates the visual weight (degree of blackness or thickness of strokes) of the characters in the font.

Note: Windows automatically adds fake bold to any font with weight set to either Thin or Extra-light (Ultra-light), so better avoid these weights.

Italic Angle

Italic angle in degrees from the vertical. Zero for upright text, positive for text that leans to the right (forward).

Font revision

Set by the font manufacturer.

Note: For historical reasons, the Font revision version is not used by Windows to determine the version of a font. Instead, Windows evaluates the version string from the Version String field.


The date and time the font was created, press the Now button to set these fields to the current date and time.


The date and time the font was last modified, press the Now button to set these fields to the current date and time.

Automatically update modified timestamp when exporting font

When checked, the timestamp will be automatically set to the current date and time when you export a font.

Generate the following naming fields automatically (recommended)

When checked, the Full Font Name, Version String, Unique Font Identifier and PostScript Name fields are automatically updated.