How to install fonts on my computer

Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope
Windows Fonts

Installing a font allows you to use that font when you format text in your documents. The following sections contain details on how to add new desktop fonts to your computer. To proceed, select your operating system from the list below and follow the instructions.

Tip

If you have not already downloaded a new font, there are thousands of fonts available online. Installing a program that deals with fonts may add fonts on your computer as well.

Installing a font in Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10

Install a font

  1. Download a new font from the Internet.
  2. Open the folder containing the new font you'd like to install.
  3. Right-click the font file, you'd like to install and select Open.
  4. In the window that appears, click the Install button in the top, left corner.
Note

If the fonts are contained in a .zip file, you need to uncompress the file before being able to install the fonts. For help with uncompressing a file, see: How to extract or decompress a compressed file.

View available fonts

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Select Appearance and Personalization, and then Fonts.
  3. In the Fonts window, you can view or delete each of the fonts currently installed on Windows.

Installing a font in Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, and XP

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Open the Fonts icon by double clicking it.
  3. In the Fonts window, you can view each of the currently installed fonts and install new ones. To install a font, click the File menu and select Install New Font from the drop-down menu that appears.
  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 the C:\WINDOWS or C:\WINNT\FONTS folder. Once this folder is open, select the fonts you want to install from an alternate folder, and then copy and paste them into the Fonts folder.

Note

If the fonts are contained in a .zip file, you need to uncompress the file before being able to install the fonts. For help with uncompressing a file, see: How to extract or decompress a compressed file.

Installing a font on macOS X

  1. Locate the TTF font file in a Finder window. (You can open a new Finder window by switching to the Finder and typing Command+N). Double-click the font file.
  2. After the font preview opens, in the Font Book window click the Install Font button.

Installing a font on OS X

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