After you have synced some fonts from Typekit, they should be added to the fonts menu in each application, alongside all of your installed fonts. However, there are a few cases where you may not see the font right away.

Restart the application

Some programs, including Microsoft Office programs, do not automatically update the font menu when a new font is added. These applications need to be restarted before the synced fonts are available for use.

The font family is listed under another name

Different applications can display font names differently in their font menus. FF Market Web, for example, will appear as “Market OT” in InDesign and “MarketOT” in MS Word.

If the font family includes the foundry in the name, e.g. FF Market Web or JAF Facit, it will sometimes not be included in the font name in the application.

The font weights and styles are listed differently

The application and the operating system also influence how the font is displayed.

Many applications, including Adobe programs, use a “Typographic” naming convention. The application bundles all variations of a font under the Font Family name. For example, InDesign will display “Proxima Nova” as the Font Family name, then add all the variations for that font in a drop-down list.

List of Proxima Nova styles

Condensed or Compressed families will usually group under their own family (for example, “Proxima Nova Condensed”) - there are some exceptions. Myriad Pro, for example treats Condensed as a font variation.

List of Myriad Pro styles

Many MS Apps use the “4-Face Family” naming convention for a font. The menu is designed assuming a font has 4 variations associated with it: Regular, Italic, Bold and Bold Italic. Regular will appear in the font menu, while Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic are toggled by the Italic and Bold Buttons found in the Type Control Bar.

Bold and italic buttons in a word processing program

For a font with many variations (like Proxima Nova), only a handful of the variations will be listed in the menu - the rest are accessible by the Italic and Bold buttons:

Proxima Nova variations in the menu

If a font has synced to your computer but you can’t find it in the font menu, feel free to get in touch with Typekit Support for help.

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