Tip 189: Determining Which Screen and Printer Fonts Are Available
December 5, 1995
When displaying text in a Microsoft? Visual Basic? application, you may
want to specify which fonts are assigned to the text on the screen and
the text sent to the printer. This article explains how you can retrieve
a list of screen fonts and a list of printer fonts currently installed
on your computer system.
Retrieving Lists of Installed Screen and Printer Fonts
The Fonts collection provided in Microsoft? Visual Basic? is a list of
the names of all fonts installed in the Microsoft Windows? operating
system. You can retrieve a specific font by specifying an index value
with a statement such as:
X$ = Screen.Fonts(2)
Note that you cannot modify the Fonts property of an object but can only
ask which font is currently being used.
The Fonts collection exists for both the Screen object and the Printer
object, which both have a FontCount property. The FontCount property
indicates exactly how many fonts for that particular object are available.
You can create a list of all available fonts by interrogating the items
contained in the Fonts collection. In the example program below, a
For-Next loop retrieves each font's name from the Fonts collection. The
routine ends when the maximum number of installed fonts (FontCount - 1)
has been reached.
This program shows how to retrieve a list of all printer and screen fonts
installed in the computer system.
1. Create a new project in Visual Basic. Form1 is created by default.
2. Add a List Box control to Form1. List1 is created by default.
3. Add a Command Button control to Form1. Command1 is created by default.
4. Add the following code to the Click event for Command1:
Private Sub Command1_Click()
Dim X As Integer
For X = 0 To Printer.FontCount - 1
5. Add a second Command Button control to Form1. Command2 is created
6. Add the following code to the Click event for Command2:
Private Sub Command2_Click()
Dim X As Integer
For X = 0 To Screen.FontCount - 1
Run the example program by pressing F5. Click the first Command Button
control. A list of all printer fonts appears in the List Box control.
Click the second Command Button control. A list of all screen fonts
appears in the List Box control.