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Fonts.GetFontFamilies Method (String)

Returns the collection of FontFamily objects from a string value that represents the location of the fonts.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Media
Assembly:  PresentationCore (in PresentationCore.dll)

public static ICollection<FontFamily> GetFontFamilies(
	string location


Type: System.String
The location that contains the fonts.

Return Value

Type: System.Collections.Generic.ICollection<FontFamily>
An ICollection<T> of FontFamily objects that represent the fonts in location.


The location is null. You cannot pass null, because this parameter is treated as a path or URI.

The following example shows how to use this method to return the collection of FontFamily objects from a font location.

// Return the font family collection for the selected directory location.
System.Collections.Generic.ICollection<FontFamily> fontFamilies = Fonts.GetFontFamilies("C:/MyFonts");

// Enumerate through the font family collection.
foreach (FontFamily fontFamily in fontFamilies)
    // Separate the URI directory source info from the font family name.
    string[] familyName = fontFamily.Source.Split('#');

    // Add the font family name to the fonts combo box.
    comboBoxFonts.Items.Add(familyName[familyName.Length - 1]);

comboBoxFonts.SelectedIndex = 0;

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.