How to install fonts on my computer

Users may find it necessary to install additional fonts onto their computer because of the lack of available fonts to choose from. In addition to the steps below to manually install fonts onto your computer, it is also important to realize that different software programs also install additional fonts when they are installed onto your computer.

Microsoft Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, and XP users
Other Microsoft Windows users
Apple Macintosh users

Microsoft Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, and XP users

  1. Click Start, Settings, Control Panel.
  2. Open the Fonts icon by double clicking the icon.
  3. Within the Fonts window you will be able to view each of the currently installed fonts as well as install new fonts. To install a font, click the File menu and select Install New Font.
  4. Locate the directory of the fonts you want to install.
  5. Highlight the fonts you want to install and click ok.

Other Microsoft Windows users

  1. Click Start, Settings, Control Panel.
  2. Open the Fonts icon by double clicking the icon.
  3. Within the Fonts window you will be able to view each of the currently installed fonts as well as install new fonts. To install a font, click the File menu and select Install New Font.
  4. Locate the directory of the fonts you want to install.
  5. Highlight the fonts you want to install and click ok.

Tip: Users may also install fonts onto the computer by opening the fonts folder through Windows Explorer. Usually this folder is either C:\WINDOWS or C:\WINNT\FONTS. Once this folder is open, select the fonts you want to install from an alternate folder and copy and paste them into the fonts folder.

Apple Macintosh users

  1. Open the System Fonts folder.
  2. Open the drive or folder containing the fonts that you want to install.
  3. Select each of the fonts you want to install.
  4. While holding down the Options key, drag and drop the fonts into your fonts folder.

Additional information

  • See the computer fonts links for a listing of great web pages users can download fonts from.
  • See the font definition for more information and related links.