Photoshop: Why does it take a long time to "initialize type tool"?

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Dear Adobe Gripe #6576 :

Why does it take as long to "initialize type tool" as it does to boot OSX?
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When Photoshop initializes the type tool, it gets all the font information from the OS and starts to build sample previews of the font you see in the font menus:



To speed things up, you can have fewer fonts installed, or disable these previews in Photoshop's Preferences>Type... dialog:



Corrupt fonts can also slow down this process. Use these troubleshooting guides to eliminate problem fonts:

Troubleshoot fonts (Mac OS X): http://adobe.ly/TS-Font

Troubleshooting Fonts in Photoshop CS5: http://adobe.ly/TSFontCS5

Photoshop CS5 crashes or hangs when using the Type tool | Mac OS: http://bit.ly/9gWxOe
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Dear Adobe Gripe #6080

"Why does it take between 60 to 75 seconds to get the type tool to load
after click?"
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hiii
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There is no "Font Preview Size" checkbox in Photoshop CC!

But even if there was, what we all want to know is, how do we disable the stupid Type Tool entirely?

I don't care about duplicate fonts, bad fonts, or the entire boat load of excuses that supposed know-it-alls are giving us in order to main the status quo of slowness. The fact is that the Type Tool is dog slow and I therefore couldn't care less about what benefits it brings to me. I want to kill it completely. Give us exact steps on how to do just that.

Thank you.
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It moved to the Type menu. You cannot disable the type tool.

The type tool might be slow FOR YOU, but for millions of other users, it works just fine. You need to fix the problems (bad fonts, or corrupt OS font cache) on your system that are causing it to run slow on your system.
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I'm with FreFree. Give us a way to disable it. Yes it is useful for millions of users. It would also be useful for millions of users to be able to disable it. Thank you.
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Again, there is no reason to disable the type tool.
You can already disable the font previews.
Problems with type beyond that are due to corrupt font files or the OS font cache - which you can't avoid and need to repair on your own system. Those corrupt files do cause problems in other applications as well.
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Again, there is, or we wouldn't ask. My problem is the shear number of fonts I have. I don't use them in Photoshop all the time so it would be easier to turn off the type tool than to constantly enable and disable my font catalogs. We all have different work flows and needs and one way is not great for everyone. I wish I could customize a lot of PS for different needs. I don't need fancy window treatments or drop shadows and 3D accents on everything. I think that the GUIs of both Macs and PCs are bloated with wasted crap just for looks. But millions of users love them so I guess that makes them necessary. I understand you've got better things to add or change in PS Mr. Cox and I enjoy your handy work many hours of every day. I still would like things my way. :)
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Most people are not real designers so that comment above is really stupid. Secondly, as a real professional designer, that has multiple clients across many different genres, I have over 10,000+ fonts that Adobe should have anticipated since it is what most professionals use. This is crazy!!!!