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Hi, Hoping someone can help direct me to where I can adjust a setting so that when I am changing between fonts, I can return to the position of the current font in the font list, rather than return to the top of the list. It has only recently changed as I used to continue down the list rather than have to scroll back down through all the fonts to try the next font.

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A couple of versions ago Illustrator introduced the feature of "Recent fonts" that would appear at the top of the font list. You can set in preferences in the Type section the number of fonts that you want in this list from 1-15. Since that time the way that the font list works no longer allows for the type of scrolling from where you left off that you have described. I agree with you that I liked the earlier way that it worked better and I have tried to find a way to get it to work the way that it used to but to no avail. The concept of recent fonts works counter to the "where you left off" method so that seems to be all there is. Sorry.

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Stop Font List from returning to top

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Hi, Hoping someone can help direct me to where I can adjust a setting so that when I am changing between fonts, I can return to the position of the current font in the font list, rather than return to the top of the list. It has only recently changed as I used to continue down the list rather than have to scroll back down through all the fonts to try the next font.

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Correct answer by Bill Silbert | Adobe Community Professional

A couple of versions ago Illustrator introduced the feature of "Recent fonts" that would appear at the top of the font list. You can set in preferences in the Type section the number of fonts that you want in this list from 1-15. Since that time the way that the font list works no longer allows for the type of scrolling from where you left off that you have described. I agree with you that I liked the earlier way that it worked better and I have tried to find a way to get it to work the way that it used to but to no avail. The concept of recent fonts works counter to the "where you left off" method so that seems to be all there is. Sorry.

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A couple of versions ago Illustrator introduced the feature of "Recent fonts" that would appear at the top of the font list. You can set in preferences in the Type section the number of fonts that you want in this list from 1-15. Since that time the way that the font list works no longer allows for the type of scrolling from where you left off that you have described. I agree with you that I liked the earlier way that it worked better and I have tried to find a way to get it to work the way that it used to but to no avail. The concept of recent fonts works counter to the "where you left off" method so that seems to be all there is. Sorry.

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Thanks Bill, such a shame that it has to be like that! I find it so much more time consuming.

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Completely agree!

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Dec 20, 2017

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What you could do is mark certain fonts as Favorites and Filter your fonts to just those Favorites at the top of the Font Family popup menu.

Here's a video:

http://www.jeffwitchel.net/2013/11/applying-the-fonts-you-want-faster/

Favorites is discussed at about 3:20 into the video.

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Rats. I saw this thread and thought there was light at the end of the tunnel; I guess not. I wish I hadn't updated. It's driving me nuts. I am working on a whole cluster of logos, and I need to go down my fonts to try this-and-that on each one, and I keep getting popped right back to the top of the list. Maddening. Adobe is supposed to be more intuitive than this.

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Community Beginner ,
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I am really annoyed at the change to this also. I hate the Recent Fonts "feature". It's like going backwards to some old Microsoft Publisher feature or something. It's really awful. Adobe, PLEASE go back to the way it was. You are making our projects take longer because of all the scrolling we have to do now. Maybe I don't want to use a recent font! As a designer, I try multiple fonts and decide I don't like any of them, so I have to keep scrolling and scrolling over and over again. What a pain!

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Exactly right. Like a Microsoft Publisher feature. Whose bright idea was this? Really? Every time I end up back at the top of the font list, I want to pull my hair out.

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Mar 15, 2018 2
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This is supposed to have been fixed in Illustrator 22.1 release.

Option to disable 'Recent Fonts' feature. – Adobe Illustrator Feedback

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Yeah, I read that it was supposed to be fixed, and I just updated my Illustrator two days ago, and it's still the same! So annoying!

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Mar 15, 2018

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In Type Preferences, you can change to zero.

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That fixes one of the issues. But the other annoying issue is that if you are scrolling through your font list and maybe you stop at a font that starts with the letter S, then change your mind and want to choose another one, it doesn't start back on the list where you left off. It takes you back to the top again and you have to scroll all the way down to the S's to keep going to the next font. That's even more annoying than the Recent Font feature.

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Yes, I agree. It is quite annoying and a real time waster. I am constantly experimenting with choosing different fonts and would love to be able to start where I left off.

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Right, this doesn't actually fix the problem. I mean, it fixed one lesser issue instead of the greater one. Also, I'm just now getting the 22.1 update. Creative Cloud hardly ever works for me without jumping through hoops, like repairing the installation and oftentimes uninstalling and downloading new. But that's for another thread I'm sure!

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I hope that the update goes smoothly for you.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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I know it's not the answer everyone is looking for, but you can type a letter in the font name field, which will take you to that place in the alphabetical listing.

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Good tip to use in the interim until Adobe does a true fix for this issue.

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Community Beginner ,
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Yes, that's helpful....when you know what font you're looking for. I'm usually just surfing and trying things and doing that, I don't really know what name I'm looking for. I hope Adobe reads this thread so they can understand how stupid that change was.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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I understand your frustration. My suggestion is intended to get you back at least to the right neighborhood to continue your surfing, assuming that you remember at least the first letter of the last font you were looking at. I make no claim to a perfect solution here.

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Oh yes! Excellent point. 🙂

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Sadly update 22.1 did not fix this problem.

adobeillustrator / @adobeillustrator,  if you bother to read these message boards, can you please fix this issue?! You can see how what a problem this is for designers who are searching through hundreds to thousands of fonts, and have to constantly reset their searches for font cycling. We are now wasting time and money with this issue which should be a simple fix.

@- Keep the recent fonts at the top of the search tab

- Below "recent fonts" cycles back to the last font selected on the alphabetical list of fonts

- If no font is highlighted or selected, then fonts begin at the beginning of the alphabetical order

... Problem solved

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My apologies. It should have come through Quickbooks. Here it is, attached.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Philip Sasser

Sasser Creative

o/m: 850.255.3137

Skype: psasser73

www.SasserCreative.com <http://www.sassercreative.com/>

www.facebook.com/SasserCreative <http://www.facebook.com/SasserCreative>

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Instead of clicking on the down arrow in the character box, click on the name and use the up and down arrows to scroll through the fonts. Problem with this though is when you come across a font that doesn't work with what you have written!!!  You have to press that down arrow!!!  At least this will cut out some of the problem.

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Also putting recent fonts to 0 in preferences seems to have worked for me!! CC 22.1

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This worked in 2019! Hallelujah!

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It's not working for me.  I have the Cloud version and in InDesign it still pops back up to the top when I'm trying to browse fonts.  AHHHHHHH! It's really frustrating!

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It works in Illustrator. I have the absolute latest version. Setting the 'RECENT FONTS' under TYPE in your Preferences allows you to continue where you left off in searching for the perfect font to compliment your design or client's request.

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