Filtering Font View
Font View can be filtered only to show a subset of glyphs. Filter glyphs using search, glyph categories, scripts, languages, and custom filter rules.
At the bottom-center of Font View, the number of selected, visible, and total glyphs is shown. The number of visible glyphs depends on the selected sidebar filter and the search query. Select All at the top of the left sidebar and clear the search field to show all glyphs of the font.
In the top-left of Font View is the glyph search field (Cmd-F). Enter text to search by glyph name (thorn), Unicode value (00FE), Unicode character (þ), or glyph note. Click the search glass icon to search only by name, Unicode value, or note.
Select Match Case to search only for glyphs matching the capitalization of the search term. With this option selected, searching for Aring would find Aring and Aringacute, but not aring or aringacute.
Select Regex to search using regular expressions. Regular expressions match patterns of characters.
See Regular Expressions for details.
Select a category filter in the left sidebar to show only the glyphs belonging to the selected category. Click the disclosure chevron next to a category name to show its subcategories. Select a subcategory to show only those glyphs. The number of glyphs in a subcategory is shown next to the subcategory name. If Glyphs can infer that some glyphs in the subcategory might be missing, the count is replaced by a gray badge showing both the current count and the total count of glyphs in the subcategory. Add the missing glyphs as described in Adding From the Sidebar. If all glyphs have been added, a checkmark is displayed instead of a gray badge.
When multiple categories are selected by Command-clicking, glyphs from any of the selected categories are shown. If a Categories entry is selected together with a Languages or Filters entry, only glyphs that are part of both are displayed.
The Languages section contains script and language filters. Expand a language filter by clicking the disclosure chevron next to the filter name. Glyph counts, badges, and checkmarks appear the same as in categories (see above). Command-click script names to filter for multiple scripts at the same time, or Command-click other filters to combine them with the selected language filters.
Only a few scripts are shown by default in the sidebar to keep the list short and tidy. Click the plus button next to the Languages label to edit the default list of scripts. A list opens where individual scripts can be shown or hidden by toggling the checkbox next to their name. A script entry is automatically added to the sidebar if the font contains glyphs of that script.
Smart filters show glyphs that match a set of rules. They appear in the Filters section of the left sidebar and are identified by a gear icon. Add a Smart Filter by clicking the actions menu button located in the bottom-left of the font window and choosing Add Smart Filter. Edit an existing Smart Filter by double-clicking its gear icon, or choose Edit Filter from the actions menu for a selected filter.
Adding or editing a Smart Filter opens the Smart Filter editor window. It controls the name and the rules of a Smart Filter. The name of the Smart Filter will appear in the Filters sidebar. The rules define which glyphs to include in the filtered group.
When adding a new filter, only one rule is shown in the editor. Add additional rules by clicking a plus button, and remove a rule by clicking the minus button next to it.
The following filter rules are available:
- Glyph Name
The name of the glyph.
- Count of Paths
The number of paths of the first master layer.
- Count of Components
The number of components of the first master layer.
The tags of the glyph.
The script to which the glyph belongs.
- Category & Subcategory
The category and subcategory of the glyph.
Whether the glyph is uppercase, lowercase, small capital, or has no associated case.
- Master Compatible
Whether the masters can be interpolated.
- Export Glyph
Whether the glyph is included in exported font files.
- Has Unicode
Whether the glyph has at least one Unicode value.
- Has Components
Whether the layer of the selected master of the glyph contains components. Use Contains Component to check if a specific component is on the layer.
- Has Hints
Whether the layer of the selected master has any manually placed hints.
- Has PostScript Hints
Whether the layer of the selected master has any manually placed PostScript hints.
- Has TrueType Hints
Whether the layer of the selected master has any manually placed TrueType hints.
- Has Corners
Whether the layer of the selected master contains corner components.
- Has Anchors
Whether the layer of the selected master contains any anchors.
- Contains Component
Whether the layer of the selected master contains a specific component. Use Has Components to check whether there are any components on the layer.
- Has Special Layers
Whether the glyph has any special layers.
- Has Custom Glyph Info
Whether the glyph uses custom glyph info deviating from the glyph info database.
- Has Annotations
Whether the layer of the selected master contains annotations.
- Is Auto-Aligned
Whether the layer of the selected master is automatically aligned.
- Has Metrics Keys
Whether any of the glyph metrics use metrics keys.
- Metrics Keys Out of Sync
Whether any metrics keys are out of sync and need to be updated.
- Has Kerning Groups
Whether the glyph uses kerning groups.
- Color Label
The color label of the glyph. Compare with Not Set to filter for glyphs without a color label.
- Layer Color Label
The color label of the layer of the selected master. Compare with Not Set to filter for layers without a color label.
- Is Hangul Key
Whether the glyph is a Hangul key, according to the
Hangul Composition Groupscustom parameter.
This filter rule can contain a custom glyph predicate expression. Such an expression is formulated like a glyph predicate token; see Glyph Predicate Tokens for details.
Rules can also be nested, such that all of the rules in a group must apply, at least one of the rules in a group must apply, or none of the rules in a group may apply for a glyph to be included in the filter. Create a group of rules by holding down the Option key and clicking the dots button. Then, pick Any (at least one nested rule must match), All (all nested rules must match), or None (no nested rule may match).
A list filter shows all glyphs that are specified in a list of glyph names. List filters appear in the Filters section in the left sidebar with a list icon. Add a list filter by clicking the actions menu button located in the bottom-left of the font window and choosing Add List Filter. By default, all selected glyphs are added to the list filter.
Glyph names are separated by spaces or line breaks. Edit an existing list filter by double-clicking its list icon or choosing Edit Filter from the actions menu.
Change the name of a filter with the Name text field at the top of the list field editor window. Click OK to confirm, or click Cancel to discard any changes to the list filter. Select a list filter from the sidebar to see all glyphs of the font that are in the list. Glyphs are sorted in the order of the list. See Adding From the Sidebar for details on adding glyphs from a list filter.
Reorder filters by dragging them up and down in the filters list. Choose Add Folder from the actions menu to create a filter folder . Click and drag to move a filter into a folder. Folders can also be put into other folders. Hold down the Command key to select multiple filters, or hold down Shift to select a range of filters. Font View will show only glyphs that are in all of the selected filters. Select a folder to show all glyphs belonging to any of the contained filters.
Quickly edit a Smart Filter or list filter by double-clicking its gear or list icon. Double-click a filter name to rename it without opening the editor window. Or, select a filter and press Return to rename it.
Delete a filter by choosing Remove Filter from the actions menu . This also works for filter folders. Note that removing a folder will also remove all filters inside it.
Custom Categories & Languages
Custom entries in the Categories and Languages sections can be added by creating a
Groups.plist file in the Glyphs
See Custom Sidebar Entries in Font View for details.