Wednesday Freebie: Customising DW (PC) Font List to include Geneva (was Re: [thelist] Common Fonts)

George Dillon george.dillon at
Wed Dec 20 06:14:06 CST 2000

Martin wrote:

> Times isn't that good onscreen either, but I don't have an
> alternative seriffed font to suggest.

AFAIK the M$ recommendation is Georgia

<tip type="Customising Dreamweaver">

THEORY: the consensus seems to be that since Arial looks crap on the Mac,
"Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" is the recommended CSS declaration.

PROBLEM: Dreamweaver's Edit Font List dialogue will only let you select
fonts which are installed on your PC, and Geneva is a Mac-specific font
(hence the order of the above list).

SOLUTION 1: Get from CrossFont from (or a similar program) and
create a version of Geneva for your PC, then edit your DW Font List as per

DRAWBACK: Any sites which use the above CSS will now appear in Geneva on
your PC rather than in Arial, and Geneva looks crap on the PC.

WORKAROUND: After creating the above entry in your Font List, uninstall

SOLUTION 2: Customize your DW configuration.

DRAWBACK: Unlike many other features of DW, the Font List is not determined
by JS but by a registry setting.

WORKAROUND: Hack your registry as follows:

1. Back up your registry first (as always).

2. Shut down DW if it's running.

3. Find and export the following registry key (this one is for DW3):
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Macromedia\Dreamweaver 3\Font Menu]

4. Edit the .reg file you've just created using a plain text editor.  It may
look something like this:


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Macromedia\Dreamweaver 3\Font Menu]
"Item01"="Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"
"Item02"="Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif"
"Item03"="Courier New, Courier, mono"
"Item04"="Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"

5. Delete the registry key mentioned in step 3.

6. Merge your edited .reg file into your registry (in Explorer right-click
and select Merge).

7. Restart your computer.




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