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How To Install Fonts For Windows

August 31, 2017

This short guide will walk you through installing a new font onto a Windows machine. The provided screenshots were taken using a machine running Windows 10 and using Firefox as the internet browser.

It assumes that you have already been able to download your font file from the internet, in zip format.

1. From your internet browser, open the downloaded font file into File Explorer.

  • In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Show Downloads button.
  • In the pop-up menu that opens, click the folder icon that corresponds to the downloaded font.

2. This will open up a File Explorer window that will show your downloaded zip file.

3. Right-click on the zip file. In the popup menu that appears, click on "Extract All".

4. A popup menu will appear. Click the "Show extracted files when complete" checkbox.  Then, click the "Extract All" button.

5. A new File Explorer will open displaying the unzipped folder. Double-click on the folder to open it.

6. Now...finally...we will actually get to install the font.

You will see a list of different files displayed in the File Explorer window. Look for the one that has a "Truetype font file" (or .TFF) file extension. Right-click the Truetype font file. In the popup menu, click on "Install".

7. Your font is now installed, but there is still one more step before you can start using it. If you have any of your design programs open right now, you will need to close them out, and restart them.

When these programs are launched they go through a caching process where they pre-load all of the fonts you have installed on your system. When you add a new font while a program is already running, you need to restart the application so that it can pick up that you have added new fonts.

That's it! You're all set installing the font.

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