I have several Japanese fonts but do not want to install them all. I would like to preview them before installing.

In icon view I can get a very rough idea of the style of the font as it shows Aa. When I open the font I am presented with a dialog box which shows a sample of the font with the sentence The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

I would like to change this sample text to Japanese text to get a fuller preview of the font. Is it at all possible? I suspect I might have to edit and compile source, not something I'm very familiar with.


As an alternative to the preinstalled font-viewer:

Font Manager allows you to compare fonts with your own custom text.

sudo apt install font-manager

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  • Thanks, this looks like a good place to start. At the moment it seems to have made all the fonts available to Ubuntu, but I may have overlooked a setting at this early stage. – Tony Martin Sep 16 '12 at 21:28
  • So is there a way to accomplish this without installing the font? I have 300'000 fonts to look through, and don't want to install them all. – MrMartin Oct 11 '17 at 12:08
  • I think this is no longer true. It seems they have removed this functionality from font manager. – David A. French Apr 16 '19 at 19:10
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    Actually now you can still do it, but only in the "preview" tab – YvesQuemener Jul 22 '19 at 14:07

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