I have inherited a design in a Fireworks file which I'm turning into a web page. I've never used Fireworks but it seems to be similar (user-interface-wise) to Photoshop so it's going okay. However, there are a number of fonts used in the design which I don't have installed on my PC. When I open the file in Fireworks it asks if I want to 'Replace fonts' or 'Maintain appearance'. Since I need to see the graphics accurately I select 'Maintain appearance'. However, now when I select any of the text it doesn't tell me what font it's trying to use (I'm not trying to edit the text and I realise I couldn't without the font being installed on my machine, but I just need to know what font it is).

In Photoshop when you select a font that's not installed on your machine, it asks if you'd like to replace {name of font} with another font. So you can easily tell what the original font is even if you can't edit it without changing to a font you have installed.

How would I do this in Fireworks? I just need to know what text is in what font so I can code up the web page accurately.

Thanks for any pointers folks...


2 Answers 2


Actually the only way to see which fonts are used, is to use "Replace fonts", note the missing ones and close the file without saving. Search them, download/buy/install them and you are done.

I'm not aware of another way to do it. :/

  • Thats good enough for me :) Displays the font i need, thanks. Commented Mar 25, 2013 at 11:30

I don't know if there is an easier/better way, but you could make screenshots of the lines of text in those fonts (and save those in separate images) and use a font identification site (such as WhatTheFont). If that doesn't help you can always upload it here and ask this community. ;)

  • Thanks. To do that for each different snippet of text across the whole site is going to be extremely painful though, so I don't think it's really an option. I think 'guessing' is my best bet at the moment - I can kind of tell what font is what but I don't particularly like guess-work and thought there must be an easier way like there is in Photoshop.
    – Briquette
    Commented Jul 4, 2012 at 9:28
  • Come to think of it, (I've never worked with FW), isn't it possible to import the FW file in PS or IA?
    – paddotk
    Commented Jul 4, 2012 at 9:39
  • It is possible to open the file in Photoshop but it gets flattened : no font info.
    – Briquette
    Commented Jul 4, 2012 at 10:49

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