How To: Verify that a font allows embedding


Instructions provided describe three different methods to verify if a font allows embedding.

ArcMap at ArcGIS 9.0 and later versions respects this font property, which may help diagnose ArcGIS font embedding issues.


Use one of the following methods to verify if a font allows embedding.

  • How to enable detailed properties on OpenType and Microsoft TrueType fonts:

    1. Download and install the free extension from Microsoft, Font properties extensions version 2.1, from the link in the Related Information section below.

    2. Once the extension is installed, right-click on any font installed on the computer to view the expanded properties. For example, select the Embedding tab to see if a font allows embedding.
    [O-image] Expanded font properties
  • How to view the font information in an exported PDF:

    1. Export the map to PDF format with 'Embed all document fonts' checked on.

    2. Open the PDF in Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.

    3. Navigate to File > Properties.

    4. Click the Fonts tab. If a font has the phrase '(Embedded Subset)' after the font name, then embedding is allowed. If there is nothing after the name, then font embedding is most likely not allowed.
    Note that all of the fonts referenced in this PDF allowed embedding.

    [O-Image] Example of embedded fonts as viewed in Adobe Reader properties
  • Windows 7 only

    How to view the font properties in Windows 7:

    1. On Windows 7, start Windows Explorer and browse to C:\Windows\Fonts.

    2. Note the 'Font embeddability' field. There are several possible values. As a rule, fonts that are listed as anything other than 'Restricted' can be embedded.
    [O-Image] Windows 7 Font Embeddability

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