View Full Version : Having trouble with OTF fonts in Windows since 12 December?

Steve Rindsberg
12-13-2012, 06:24 PM
MS released an update that's supposed to fix potential security problems with OTF fonts.
The update, it turns out, causes the fonts to disappear in some circumstances. It's a real problem in PowerPoint; may or may not be in other Office apps/other Windows apps.

In any case, if you see any oddball text behavior, check to see if you're using an OTF. If so, try substituting a TTF. If that makes the problem go away, visit this page, just put up by my friend Troy Chollar:


It explains which update caused the problem and how to remove it. Removing the update removes the problem.

MS has been made aware of the issue.

12-13-2012, 07:15 PM
steve: The update, it turns out, causes the fonts to disappear in some circumstances.Thank you for reminding me why I turned off Win7 auto-updates...'-}}

Hope it didn't cause you too many problems...


Steve Rindsberg
12-14-2012, 07:03 AM
Problems? Me? Nah. My checklist starts with:

Install Windows.
Update or not, depending.
Turn off updates.
Turn off update natter.

12-14-2012, 11:28 AM
steve: Problems? Me? Nah. My checklist starts with:Twins, separated at birth...'-}}


Steve Rindsberg
12-15-2012, 10:48 AM

The problem affects way more than just PPT users. It seems to bite anyone who uses some, though not all, OTF fonts in most apps (excluding those that handle the fonts on their own like InDesign, AI, and the like). Not all AdobeStuff is in the clear though. Flash is getting chewed on.


MS has temporarily pulled the update. If you have it, you'll likely want to remove it (you may have to restart Windows to get it to show up in

Control Panel | What IS all this Cruft | And how do I get RID of it?

Or whatever it's called.

12-15-2012, 12:57 PM
I thought it was odd that it just affected PPT so I'm not surprised it's a more widespread problem...