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Fonts - scrolling through list

What did you do to the font list??????

I don't even know how to describe the issue. I just know it's wrong. And messed up. And needs to be fixed!

Let me see if I can describe my complaint:

1) In the CHARACTER pallet: if you highlight the font name and begin typing another font name, I used to be able to put the first few characters (or even just the first letter), then click on the down arrow and it would bring me to that place in my list of fonts.

For example, I could type “HEL” and it would take me to the first font in my list that begins with HEL. I could either use that font or by selecting the drop-down menu next to the font name, I could see the fonts that were above or below that one in the list and scroll from there if needed.

Or if I typed just an “H” It would take me to the beginning of the fonts with names beginning with H and I could scroll from there and see the little font preview as I went.

No longer does that work. I have to scroll from the beginning of the font list every single time. It’s such a waste of time an extremely frustrating. Sometimes I cannot remember the name of a font but I know it begins with a P. Instead of using the little shortcut that I have used longer than I care to admit, I now have to scroll through every single font that is alphabetically above it to get there.
2) Also, now when you select some text and then sect the drop-down font list - again it starts at the beginning of the font list instead of starting in the list where that particular font is found. It’s the same basic problem as above. It used to take you to the point in the font list where the selected font resides alphabetically. No more. Scroll city.

Please. Please. Please. I am begging you to please fix this back to the way it was. Honestly, I don’t mind change. And most of the time I don’t have any complaints about upgrades because it makes the program better. This however is terrible and really slows down my process.

Thank you for reading all the way through this! Fingers are crossed for a quick fix on this one!!!

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We have the fix available in the latest release. Please update Illustrator using Adobe Creative Cloud application to the latest build for version Illustrator CC 23.0.
Please refer to our knowledge base FAQhttps://illustrator.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/1844590 if you face difficulty in update.
Or get in touch with us at any of the other support channels – https://helpx.adobe.com/support.html

Warm Regards,
Ashutosh Chaturvedi | Sr. Quality Engineering Manager – Illustrator
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  • Matildo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The only way i see to optimize the infinite scrolling is to pressing shift key while doing it. It jumps to the next group of fonts on the list. Works for shift key + down arrow key too.

  • Kim commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Maybe this will help. In Prefs, go to Type and look for "Number of Recent Fonts:" with a drop down box. If you make this at 0, then Font List acts like it used to for the most part.

  • AT commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's been a full year since this issue was first posted and it continues to be a problem for me. I'm on CC, so it's up to date all the time, but the issue hasn't been resolved.

  • Mansha commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    God Ashutosh This issue is not solved at all. Is this rocket science!!!! Cant your programmers keep it just the way it was. Its very very frustrating and time consuming.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I can only seem to update to version 22.1 as of today. Is this font menu issue resolved for this version? It's insanely frustrating, and time-consuming, to have to start at the very first font listed every time you want to change a font. Anything?

  • Andy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have just downloaded the pre-release version from the link above and it has not been sorted. It is still exactly the same. Very frustrating and time consuming. Please Adobe, put the font menu back to how it was, it's driving me mad scrolling through hundreds of fonts everytime. If it's not broken, don't fix it!!!

  • Andy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Same problem here! Very frustrating. Has anything been done about this?

  • Ras commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Same problem and that problem is identical in InDesign - very annoying

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I don't have the same problem, but it's related. In the Find Font window, fonts are only haphazardly alphabetized. That's a problem for me because I use Helvetica Neue LT Std a lot. Each weight has a number (like Helvetica Neue LT Std 55...) BUT before that comes 66, 63, 67, 65, 46, 43. Okay, it's alphabetical, but when you sort you need to sort by numbers, too!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have the same problem, and it is extremely frustrating, especially as I have a huge list of fonts to try and filter through. Please fix this issue soon!

    The solution you mention above does not work as it doesn't allow you to set your "recent fonts" to 0 - you can only select numbers from a drop down menu.

  • Brittany Martin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This issue with the fonts seriously needs to be fixed. I've used your products for almost 10 years and have never been so frustrated in my life. All I want to do is start typing a font name and it jump down to that. Do you know how many fonts I have after TEN YEARS of design work?? Thousands! Now instead of spending my time actually working on projects, I'm trying to find a solution to this problem that shouldn't even exist. Put it back the way it was!

  • rr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    same issue so frustrating
    Working on a PC there is no option to set value to "0" there is a drop down numbered 1-15
    this really cuts into my workflow

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