MainType Tutorials

FmsProxy

written by Erwin Denissen, published April 25, 2019, updated July 2, 2021

What is FmsProxy?

FmsProxy is a small program that comes with MainType and runs in the background. It is connected to the High-Logic Font Management Service (fontservice) and acts as a doorway between the fontservice (running as administrator) and your user environment where your fonts are installed. The main tasks of FmsProxy are:

  • Notify the fontservice of changes in the loaded fonts
  • Retrieve fonts from the network that the fontservice can't access

What happens if FmsProxy is not running?

MainType won't be able to access fonts located on the network and plugins* won't be able to load and install fonts.

How can I see if FmsProxy is running?

The easiest way to see the status of FmsProxy is to start the font management service configuration utility (FmsConfig). You can find it in Windows start menu, but for your convenience you can also access it through MainType's main menu (Tools -> Create and Restore Backups). The status of FmsProxy will be indicated by a small icon.

Why do I keep getting notifications in MainType that FmsProxy is not running?

When you install MainType, FmsProxy is also automatically installed and set to run each time you start your computer. Some programs and system optimizer software may remove FmsProxy.

How can I reenable FmsProxy?

First look in Windows Settings, Apps, Startup and make sure that Font Management Proxy is turned on.

If it is tunred on, try to reinstall MainType over your existing installation as that usually solves the problem. If you currently have an older version of MainType, we strongly recommend to upgrade to the latest version.

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