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How do I search for a font and select it without changing all my text to one font style?

Selecting a font family without searching preserves the different font styles in a textbox by setting the closest matching style. This is the desired behavior.

screenshot of a font family being selected without searching which preserves the font styles in the area text element

Searching for a font displays a list of individual font styles and selecting one changes all of the text in the textbox to the selected style. I want to search for a type family and select it without overwriting the font styles I've set in my type object.

screenshot of the font family being searched which changes all of the font styles in the text element to the selected style

Perhaps there's a setting to show search results grouped by font family or a keyboard shortcut to preserve font styles while selecting a search result? Any tips or workarounds appreciated.

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  • What about using Find/Replace Font in the Type menu? Dec 12, 2023 at 19:28
  • "Find/Replace Font" replaces each font style individually. There's no option to replace an entire font family at once and I don't think you can limit Find/Replace to a single text box. To clarify, selecting a font family from the character menu does a pretty good job preserving the font styles as you can see in my first screenshot, I'm trying to find a way to do that after searching for a font.
    – Darrian
    Dec 12, 2023 at 20:13
  • Contact adobe its a clear design oversight. But yeah activate the fonts then cancel search and assign the family.
    – joojaa
    Dec 13, 2023 at 16:14

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