View Details and Settings»

All view settings below apply to both the Glyph Window and the Sketchboard window. Note that these settings are separate and independent – neither the Glyph Window nor the Sketchboard inherits settings from the other.

Scrolling in the editing area»

To scroll in the editing area:

  • Space-mouse drag (hold space bar while you click and drag)
  • Mouse wheel to scroll vertically
  • Shift-mouse wheel to scroll horizontally

Zooming in the editing area»

To zoom in the editing area:

  • Use the View > Zoom menu command or the Quick Zoom button in the bottom-right corner of the editing area to activate the Zoom tool.

  • Click in the Glyph window with the tool selected

  • Drag-select around an area to zoom into it.

  • Select the View > Zoom in menu command

  • Use the keyboard shortcuts ++Cmd + Plus++ or Z or hold down Space and Cmd-click an to zoom in.

To zoom out the editing area:

  • Use the View > Zoom menu command or the Quick Zoom button in the bottom-right corner of the editing area to activate the Zoom tool.

  • Hold down Alt and click in the Glyph window with the tool selected

  • Hold down Alt and drag-select around an area to zoom into it.

  • Select the View > Zoom out menu command

  • Use the keyboard shortcuts ++Cmd + Minus++ or X or hold down Space and Cmd-Alt-click to zoom out.

You can also use the mouse wheel with the Alt key to zoom in and zoom out the glyph editing area. In all these methods of zooming, if the mouse cursor is in the editing area of the Glyph window the new zoom level will be centered around the cursor position. CmdSpace may be assigned to the keyboard locale switching at the system level. If that is the case, the order is important: press Space first and then Cmd.

Finally, you can use predefined zoom factors available in the View menu:

Or the Quick zoom buttons to quickly set the predefined zoom factors: Actual Text Size and Zoom 100%.

Viewing glyph parts and interface features»

In the Glyph Window, you can control the visibility of different glyph parts and interface features. Turning them on/off can assist you in drawing, spacing, kerning and hinting your glyphs, and creating a workspace that fits better with your workflow.

Use the View menu or buttons in top part of the View panel to toggle the visibility of FontLab VI features that help you in drawing and editing your glyphs:

Preview Rounding Turns on the Rounding Coordinates mode that turns off fractional precision for outline editing and transformations.
Power Nudge Turns on the Power Nudge editing mode. This mode automatically identifies additional nodes and handles, which should be nudged along with your selected nodes, and moves them to produce the best possible result.
Edit Tunni Lines Allows to edit curves using Tunni Lines. Tunni lines are imaginary lines connecting two neighboring control handles of a smooth contour, and useful for symmetrically editing a curve.
Suggest Nodes Turns on Suggest Nodes mode. During editing or drawing of contours in this mode, FontLab shows dotted lines suggesting where to put nodes so they are aligned to existing nodes
Suggest Bounds Turns on Suggest Bounds mode, which adds a smart guide on the edge of the element and on the element center.
Suggest Tangents Turns on Suggest Tangents mode, which suggests that some points that are configured like tangent points, maybe ought to be actual tangent points.
Suggest Stems Turns on Suggest Stems mode, which adds a smart guide on a distance to the vertical/horizontal line that is equal to the thickness of a standard stem.

Use the View menu or the View button in the View panel to directly toggle the visibility of:

Rulers Shows horizontal and vertical rulers
Glyph Guidelines Horizontal, vertical and diagonal glyph (local) guides
Font Guidelines Horizontal, vertical and diagonal font (global) guides
Font Metrics Vertical font metrics, such as ascender, descender, cap height and x-height
Measurement Line Special horizontal guideline for measuring sidebearings
Anchor Cloud Shows the “cloud” of anchored elements
Character Placeholders The light grey template image showing what character should go in that glyph cell
Kerning Classes Groups of glyphs used for defining kerning classes
Metrics Table The table of glyph metrics and kerning values
Element Frame Grey rectangle around an element with element name if assigned
Metrics & Hinting Shadows Light grey “shadows” of hints and alignment zones
True Fill Turns the opaque fill on/off

And the View > Show menu command or the buttons at the bottom of the View panel to toggle the visibility of:

Nodes Makes all nodes visible
Coordinates Shows coordinates for selected nodes
Handles Makes all handles visible
Curvature Makes curvature or curve tension visible
Anchor Cloud Shows the “cloud” of anchored elements
Kerning Classes Makes the cloud of all glyphs belonging to the same kerning class visible in Kerning mode
Node Links Shows green arrows that link nodes to Power Guides
Font Audit Shows FontAudit arrows that point to odd points and suspicious curves or technical errors
Measurement Line Shows the Measurement Line, which is an optional horizontal line you can use to force the calculation of sidebearings at a particular position, instead of from the farthest extremes of the glyph.
Shape Frame Shows grey rectangles around an element with element name if assigned, and number of references
Element References Shows red arrows that connect Element References. Note that Element References can only be seen when two or more element references are present in the Glyph window, otherwise selecting this option will have no visible effect.
Character Placeholders Shows the light grey template image showing what character should go in that glyph cell
Hints and Metrics Shadow Shows light grey “shadows” of hints and alignment zones
Smooth Outline Selecting this option shows the outlines rendered smooth, but this can result in slow performance
Metrics Table Opens the Metrics table where you can edit spacing and kerning
True Fill True Fill is a toggle to switch the glyph fill to 100% opaque, while keeping it possible that other items like nodes, handles, curvature, etc. can also be made visible
Master Relations Shows lines connecting corresponding nodes of different masters

Snapping glyph parts and interface features»

FontLab can assist you in aligning your drawings with selected glyph parts and features. To activate this feature, use the View > Snap menu command or the Snap button in the View panel. The parts and features you can snap to are: Outlines, Guides, Font Guides, Hints, Mask, Grid, Font Metrics, Global Mask, Anchors and Pins, and Alignment Zones.

Locking glyph parts and interface features»

Similarly, you can lock some glyph parts and interface features to protect them from accidental modification using the View > Lock menu command or the Lock button in the View panel. These parts and features are Glyph Guides, Font Guides, Hints, Mask, Font Metrics, Glyph Metrics, Anchors and Pins, and Zones.