Sometimes we come across a web page or a logo that uses a lovely font and we want to know what font it is. The problem is, it isn’t always easy to identify an unknown font. When that happens, using a font checker can give you a big help.
Below are some free font checkers that includes browser add-ons, bookmarklet and online tools. Each has its own advantages over another.
It is a Firefox add-on that allows users to identify the font used on a website immediately. Anytime you find a font that just looks good you can just highlight the text and right-click on it. Check your right-click menu to find the font details. It is that simple.
[Context Font] — While the font checking feature still works, the font downloader stops working on Firefox 43.0.4.
Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Internet Explorer users can simply drag and drop the bookmarklet to the browsers’ bookmark to be able to use it.
How to use it:
- Drag and drop the bookmarklet onto the bookmark toolbar.
- Click on the bookmarklet to start identifying fonts.
- The font checker is ready to use when “Exit WhatFont” black button appears on the right side of the top corner.
- Move your mouse cursor over the text to reveal the type of the font being used.
- To get more information related to the font, click on the text.
As long as the tool is active–which is marked by the small “Exit WhatFont” black button on the top–the black box appears each time you click on a font or text. Thus, you can easily check other fonts used on the same web page while leaving the other information stays open for reference or comparison.
Each box can be closed by pressing the X button.
[Get WhatFont tool bookmarklet from the developer’s website]
What The Font
Basically what you do here is simply submitting a sample image and let the tool does the rest. However, users should follow the guides on submitting a sample so that the tool can perfectly recognize the characters.
You might find some fonts that the tool failed to recognize precisely. Even so, you still be able to discover similar typefaces in the result page, some of which might interest you.
If you’ve got no luck in identifying a font, you can try to submit it to What The Font forum to seek help from the font enthusiasts.
[Visit the website]
What Font is
Here is another popular website where you can submit an image containing fonts for idenfitication. If you like the way it works, you probably want to install its extensions on Chrome or Firefox.
If the result returns too many matching fonts that makes you confused of which the right one is, you can try to get help from the forum members.
[Go to the website]
This is a font identifier where you will have to go through a series of simple questions to identify a font. The total number of questions is varied among users since it depends on the answers you provide. The more you choose the “not sure” option, the more questions you have to answer.
Aside from the font identification based on appearance, you can also try to identify a font by name, similarity, picture, or designer.
[Go to the website]
This restartless extension adds a small button on the main toolbar. Click on the button and then hover your mouse cursor over the font that you’re interested in to reveal the font name, size and kernings. If you click on the font, then you can try it out yourself by typing some text at the top of the page at different sizes and line spaces.
In addition, it can also hide pictures and commercials temporarily so that you can focus on the fonts.
Fontface Ninja is available for Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari.