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Solutions: Check default list before deleting unused fonts

I use two computers, one with Windows 98 and one with Windows XP. On both computers I'm getting a message that reads, "There are more than 500 fonts in the system. Reduce the number of fonts or the display may be incorrect." How do I correct this problem?

You've got font overload, which can slow down your system unnecessarily. You're most likely not using anywhere near that many, so all you need to do is delete some of them. However, you have to be careful to not delete any of the Windows default fonts. Start by going to and, after selecting the appropriate version of Windows, check the list of default fonts. Keep this page open as a reference as you move to the next step. On Windows XP go to Control Panel, Appearance and Themes, and double-click on Fonts. Select the individual font you want to delete, or press and hold down the CTRL key and click on each font you want removed to remove them in groups. Select Delete on the File menu. Go slowly and double-check the default list before deleting.

I'm still trying to delete documents in Word 2007. I followed your logic: Office button, Word Options, Advanced and then Display options, where I found 17 recent documents. Fine, but now how do I delete them?

I was answering a question about removing the Recent File list, not actually deleting the files. For that you're better off using Windows File Explorer to delete files rather than Word. Word has no delete capabilities by itself other than the Open File dialog window that you normally use to browse for and open files (instead of opening the file, select it and press the DEL key). Bypassing Word, just click Start, Search and then fill in part or all of the file name, and when it returns in the results, select and delete it. In Vista, just click the Vista button (the Windows flag on the bottom left) and start typing the name of the file. Vista should find it, and then just right-click and select Delete.

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