General Preferences

The General preferences tab allows you to change the user interface language, how often software update checks are done, and the various fonts used throughout the program.

The fonts chosen here will affect on-screen text as well as print text. Personal Lexicon gives you the option to change the fonts for lexical items, lexical types, and translations. Having precise control over these text components allows you to make your lexicon look exactly like you want it. Besides changing the font type you can also change the font size. A larger font is often a good idea when learning a language with intricately drawn letters or characters. The larger size can make them much easier to see.

It's worth noting that Windows and Max OSX handle fonts quite differently. The end result of this is that Windows users might have to change fonts before creating their lexicon. Each font installed on your computer is made to support a particular set of characters. The default fonts for both Windows and Mac support a wide range of characters from Latin to Devanagari. However, in a situation where the default font doesn't support the characters you need then Windows users will have to change fonts while Mac users probably won't. This is because Mac OSX always tries to use a font that can display the characters being rendered. If the currently selected font doesn't support those characters then a fallback is chosen that can. Windows doesn't attempt to make a fallback font selection. Therefore, it's more critical that Windows users select a font that can handle the characters used by a lexicon.