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How To Add A Custom Font To Your PC

Fonts Add Flair To Your Documents

Sometimes, our creative side demands that we use a special, uncommon font– a fancy and festive font perhaps. Fortunately, there are many fonts (and font “families”) available for downloading and adding to your computer’s repertoire.

Last year around this time, I published the article Add color to your documents, and I demonstrated a few word processor tricks to brighten up your Holiday letters of Season’s Greeting. This year, I’m going to suggest you enter “download fonts” in a search engine, and explore the world of typefaces. (Or.. see today’s free link below.)

When you have found one you like, and have downloaded it..
To install a font, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. Type the following command, “%windir%fonts” (no quotes) and then click OK:
  3. On the File menu, click Install New Font. (Vista users: right-click in a blank area of the fonts folder, and select from the context menu.)
  4. In the Drives box, click the drive that contains the font that you want to add, (usually C:) and turn it blue.
    Note The floppy disk drive is typically drive A. The CD drive is typically drive D.
  5. In the Folders box, click the folder that contains the font that you want to add, and then click OK. (the Desktop is found in your User folder. C:\Users\username\Desktop)
  6. In the List of fonts box, click the font that you want to add. (To select more than one font at a time, press and hold the CTRL key while you select each font.)
  7. Click to select the Copy Fonts To Fonts Folder check box. The new font is saved in the WindowsFonts folder.
  8. Click OK.


Windows supports TrueType fonts, or fonts that are designed especially for Windows which can be purchased and/or downloaded separately. Some programs also include special fonts (which are installed as part of the program installation). Additionally, TrueType or special Windows fonts are frequently included with printers.

Note: Now that your new font(s) are installed, you can use them as you would any other font, and they will appear in your list of font choices. You should be aware, though, that if you intend to send your document to someone else — and they have not installed the same font — they won’t see your fancy font unless you “embed” the font in your saved document. Which is easy. Click here for a quick how to on that.

Today’s free link: An excellent resource for fonts is 1001 Free Fonts. Each font is available in both a PC (Windows) and a Mac version, so be sure to click the right button.

I’m not sure why.. but this one grabs my attention..
.. but it’s not what I would use in a Holiday Greeting letter. Hmmm… maybe calligraphy?

Related: Want to create documents on your computer that use your own handwriting? See, Creating a personalized font from your own handwriting… for a cool way to turn your writing samples into a custom font.

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November 2, 2009 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, MS Word, PC, tech, tweaks, Vista, Windows, Windows 7, XP | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments