How to find out available fonts on the system from within Mathematica? When I do

Style["foobar", FontFamily -> "Foobar"]

how do I know which font the displayed output is using/falling back to use?

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    $\begingroup$ Is this relevant? stackoverflow.com/questions/8859424 $\endgroup$ Aug 29, 2012 at 22:57
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    $\begingroup$ If you want to know what font the output is, you can highlight the text and open the text window (Ctrl + T or Cmd + T). For my system, your command leads to text in 'Lucida Grand'. $\endgroup$ Aug 29, 2012 at 23:00
  • $\begingroup$ I think kguler's answer in vitaliy's link is exactly what you're looking for... He's active on this site, so he'll be around soon to answer it himself $\endgroup$
    – rm -rf
    Aug 29, 2012 at 23:16
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    $\begingroup$ yep FE`Evaluate[FEPrivate`GetPopupList["MenuListFonts"]][[All, 2]] $\endgroup$ Aug 30, 2012 at 0:33

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The relevant line from this SO post:

fontlist = FE`Evaluate[FEPrivate`GetPopupList["MenuListFonts"]];

Update: The content of the "MenuListFonts" list is system-dependent. In Windows Vista, I get a list that contains only FontFamily:

 Panel@Row[fontlist[[;; 60]] /.
 Rule[x_, y_] :> Style[ToString@x, 14, FontFamily -> y],  " \[FilledSquare] "]

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On a Mac system, it appears that the list contains tuples of FontFamily, FontWeight and FontSlant. That is,

fontlist /. Rule[x_, y_] :> Style[x, 20, FontFamily -> y] 


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  • $\begingroup$ FWIW even though i did not accept your answer at the time back when I asked the question linked by Vitaly (I chose a different one) your answer is actually the one I am regularly now using. $\endgroup$ Aug 31, 2012 at 9:06
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you @Mike. The problem in your question still waits for a more direct solution -- everytime I come accross a new CurrentValue argument I wonder if it can be used for that problem. $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Aug 31, 2012 at 10:25

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