Photoshop: Please make a way to remove unused System Fonts from Photoshop Font Menu (macOS)

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I know that this issue has been discussed before, but I feel the need to resurface it because the current situation with the font menu in Photoshop CC 2019 20.0.6 on the Mac is really annoying. I am referring to the fact that due to the presence of so many fonts -- such as foreign language fonts -- which I will never use, scrolling through the available fonts is rather slow, jumpy and annoying. As some of you will already know, some of these fonts -- such as the "noto sans" family -- only appear as boxes in the font menu. This is totally unnecessary.

I just visited the Font Book app on my 2017 5K 27" iMac running Catalina, and there is no way to remove or to even disable these useless System Fonts; at least useless to me as an English speaker.

In fact, if you go https://support.apple.com/en-jo/guide/font-book/fntb2bcb512d/mac you will see that Apple plainly states:

"Important: You can’t remove or disable system fonts. See the Apple Support article Fonts included with macOS Catalina."

If you go to https://support.apple.com/en-jo/guide/font-book/fntb2bcb512d/mac you will see all of the useless System Fonts which they foist upon us, even though we don't need them as English speakers.

We all know that it is pointless to even try to get Apple to provide us with a way to remove or disable these System Fonts which many of us will never ever use, in the Font Book app.

So, I appeal to Adobe to please find a way so that we can at least hide all of these foreign language fonts -- and other useless fonts  -- from the fonts menu in Photoshop.

I know that there have been arguments on both sides of the fence regarding this issue, but I for one stand with those who would like to see all of these useless fonts -- which really drag down the fonts menu in Photoshop -- disappear.

Thanks for listening.
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I don't know about the rules for keeping a lot of these fonts we never will use active—apart from Font Book forcing it on us—and I also doubt that Adobe can go against an Apple rule, but a solution that would help with the whole thing would be for Adobe to get back to its font roots and start letting us manage them in PS. If we could have user-created sets, we wouldn't have to scroll so much. Font Book lets us create sets, so that has to be something that IS allowed by the system.

I do wish we could hover scroll. Hovering to preview a font in our document is a wonderful addition, but we're always stuck at the bottom of the font "panel," and then have to stop and find the scrollbar to scroll further, remembering where we left off. That would help with the scrolling problem.

However, they finally gave us  our installed fonts in response to a filter, not just a tiny handful along with half the short list taken over by Adobe Fonts. The filter is finally worth using. And currently, that is the way to get away from all those unwanted fonts. Don't filter on All Classes. Choose Serif or Decorative or. . . and you shouldn't see all those fonts included in the list.
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Hello Cristen. Thanks for your feedback. Can you please clarify everything you are saying in that last paragraph. Are you referring to doing some kind of filtering in Font Book, or somewhere in Photoshop? I am rather confused and lost by what you wrote. Can you please provide specific step-by-step instructions? Thanks so much!  :)
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Sorry. When you have the type tool active, click the disclosure triangle in the font name field in either the Options bar or the Character panel to open the large font preview. Right below the name field is Filter with a list of classes you can filter on. Choosing these really cuts down on any chance of including in your list a foreign font.

It also cuts down on scrolling.  '-}  You need to ask yourself what class you want, Serif, Sans Serif, Script, etc., but of course you can always try a different class. Plus you can choose to filter on favorites if you've filled the stars on them, filter on Adobe Fonts only, and if you filter on Similar (to the font you have already selected) you'll get a much less useful list of a few of your installed fonts and a few from Adobe Fonts—if you're connected and signed in.

All of these do cut down on scrolling if you keep a lot of fonts active. I don't think the features replace our ability to collect fonts into sets of our own choosing, though.
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Hello Cristen. I apologize for the delayed response. I have been rather busy here. Anyway, I read and followed your instructions, and I must say, that is a pretty nifty feature. I was totally unaware of its existence. I just upgraded from Photoshop CS6 not even a week ago, after using it since 2013. Whether or not this feature was also in CS6, I honestly do not know. At any rate, as I said, I really like the filter idea. It will indeed make it easier for me to more quickly choose a font for the graphic I am working on, and without all of those noto sans and other foreign language fonts cluttering up the list. So thanks again for sharing this with me. Much appreciated. :)
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> I just upgraded from Photoshop CS6 not even a week ago,

Well of course you didn't know about it. No, not in CS6. I'm terrible about when features were added, but this seems to have been maybe 2015? It's been awhile, and has been improved slowly but steadily, but not as early as CS6.

Wow. You've got a lot to catch up on.
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It is very annoying indeed. Please hide these from Adobe menus. Upvoting. 
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It is really annoying. Not only in Photoshop. But also in Indesign and Illustrator.  And not only in choosing fonts, but also in the glyphs appears the very long list of fonts we don't need....

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