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Activates a font inside app or whole computer.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
Font 2.6 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ❌ No ❌ No ❌ No
MBS( "Font.Activate"; path { ; local } )   More


Parameter Description Example Flags
path The native file path to the font file. "/Users/test/Desktop/test.ttf"
local Pass 1 to activate only inside app or 0 for globally.
You may need to use 0 in order to let FileMaker see the font when you restart.
This parameter is ignored on iOS as font activation is only local there.
0 Optional


Returns "OK" or error number from OS.


Activates a font inside app or whole computer.
It looks like FileMaker reads font list only on startup, so it may not react to loading this font.


Activate a font:

MBS( "Font.Activate"; "/Users/test/Desktop/test.ttf"; 1 )

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Created 18th August 2014, last changed 14th July 2022

Folders.Windows - Font.CalculateTextFits