When you find yourself wanting to experiment with different typefaces and you are not sure which typeface you want to use yet, you haven't made up your mind, you just want to experiment and get some font previews here. There is kind of a textbook method way to do it and then there is my preferred method. I think it's much more intuitive. The textbook method, you go ahead and select this text here and then you got to your Type menu and choose Font and you see I have a very large menu here, where InDesign attempts to give you a font preview by using the word Sample and using the font that you're actually choosing to render the word 'sample' in that font. I just don't find those all that useful. I mean, it's a very small word.
It doesn't have a lot of characters. I'd rather see a font preview in context, right in the layout here with my selected text. That specific text. So what I want to do is I want to use a different method, I want to use my Control panel and I want to cycle through the different fonts that I have installed until I see one that I like. The trick is that we want to put focus in the Font field in the Control panel and I don't want to have to take my hands off the keyboard to do that. So the keyboard shortcut is Command+6 or Ctrl+6, Command+6 on the Mac, Ctrl+6 on Windows and what that does is that puts UI focus in that font field.
You can see it's highlighted there. Now you just need to use your arrow keys on your keyboard, up and down arrow keys. If I use my down arrow, it goes to the next font in the list. Down. Down. Down. And you see what's happening. It's actually changing the text right in my layout, the selected text. So I'm not obscured by some Font menu and I don't just have it limited to the word 'Sample'. I am actually seeing my text here changing. So I just use the Down arrow, Down arrow, Down arrow, Down arrow and keep going until I see one that I like. If I want to go to the previous font, I will just use the Up arrow.
And then once I find a font that I want to go with, I will go and keep going. That looks great. Princetown. Nice font, And I press the Enter key to actually apply that typeface and there you have it. So it's a much better font preview. Again you select the type that you want to change. You want to put UI focus into the Font field, Command+6 or Ctrl+6 and then start using your arrow keys to go up and down the list. So this particularly typeface here is just a bunch of simple fonts, but eventually you'll get to the typefaces that give you what you might be looking for, and you just keep going until you find one that you like.
Again, to apply that you can just go ahead and press the Enter key when you are done and that takes the focus back outside of the Font field and you can continue to select your text. So Command+6, up and down arrow keys, hit Return when you are done. That's a much better way to preview your fonts, I will just go and undo that a couple of times. You can see each font choice has a separate undo, so it may take you a while to get back to where you started, but you get the idea and you can always revert and now, we are right back where we started.
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