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Monday, November 06, 2006

How to Install New Fonts on a Windows Computer

Clients often ask how to install a font on a Windows Computer. Here's how. These instructions may seem complicated at first, but once you have done it a few times, it's a snap.

1. Save the font file or files to your hard drive in a place that you want to keep them. (I usually create a new folder in My Documents called Fonts McBuzz Installed, or something like that.)

2. If the files are in a ZIP file or folder, you will need to UNZIP this. Find the ZIP file on your hard drive. Right click on the ZIP file and select "Open with WinZip" or "Extract" or "Unzip" -- whatever you normally use to open a ZIP file/folder. If you need help, try this article: Zip or unzip a file - Microsoft Office Online.

3. Now go to Control Panel from the Windows Start menu and select Fonts. (Alternatively, open or double click on My Computer. Find Control Panel. Double-click on Control Panel. Find Fonts. Double-click on Fonts.)

4. With the Fonts folder open, go to the menu at the top of the window and select File > Install New Font...

5. In the dialog box that opens, use the Folders window to navigate to the folder where you saved the font files (or where you opened the ZIP file with the font(s) in it).

6. Select the fonts by clicking on their names. (You can select more than one by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on each one.)

7. Check the box next to "Copy fonts to Fonts folder".

8. Click OK.

Your fonts are now installed and should be available in the font menu of your word processing or graphic design software. You may need to close your word processing or graphic design software program and then reopen it before you can use the new fonts.

2 Comments:

  • Excellent - I was just trying to do this a couple of weeks ago when I found these cool fonts http://misprintedtype.com/v3/fonts.php

    With names like HorsePuke, Selfish, DirtyEgo and DisgustingBehavior.. how could I go wrong.

    Thanks Mark -

    By Blogger Phil Dunn - qualitywriter.com, at 5:33 PM  

  • Absolutely. Anything I can do to help spread DisgustingBehavior. Thanks for reading!

    By Blogger Mark McLaren, at 6:02 PM  

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