How to Install and Use Fonts in Windows 10?

Windows 10 comes with over 100 pre-installed fonts that you can use to manipulate how text appears on the screen or documents. Additionally, some applications such as Microsoft Office can automatically load more fonts, expanding your options to style your text. However, sometimes you may need to install fonts for a certain language, or to increase the variety for your design or PPT projects. Fortunately, Windows 10 allows you to add your custom fonts from the thousands of downloadable fonts. In this post, we will take you through the steps of installing and using custom fonts in Windows 10.

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How to View Installed Fonts in Windows 10?

Before you install new fonts, it is important to learn how you can see the fonts already installed on your PC. In Windows 10, you can access the list of installed fonts from the “Settings” app or using the old Control Panel method.

Method 1: View and Download Fonts from Control Panel

  • Search for and Open the Windows Control Panel. Then go to “Appearance and Personalization” and select “Fonts”.
Control Panel View
Control Panel View
  • This opens a list of all the installed fonts. You can open the same by running ‘Shell: Fonts’ on the Windows Run utility.
Font List
Font List

Method 2: View and Install Fonts from the Settings App

  • Press the “Win + I” shortcut keys to open the setting app and select “Personalization” settings.
Settings App
Settings App
  • On the left pane, select “Fonts” to display all the installed fonts on the right-side pane. Here you can scroll down, search or filter the list by languages.
View Fonts
View Fonts
  • From the fonts screen, you can easily download new fonts from the Microsoft Store. This provides the most straightforward way to download and install new fonts.
  • Simply click the “Get more fonts…” at the top of the window. This will open a list of free and paid fonts in the store.
Microsoft Fonts
Microsoft Fonts
  • Select your preferred font and on the resulting screen, click the “Get” button and then “Install” on the next screen.
Get Fonts
Get Fonts
  • Windows will automatically download and install the new Fonts to your PC.
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Method 3: Download and Install 3rd Party Fonts

Windows 10 also allows you to install .ttf or .otf fonts files downloaded from other websites. First, you need to download the font file from your website of choice and then extract all the files from the zip file.

  • To install the font files, open the folder where you extracted the files.
  • Right-click the TrueType font file (.ttf) or the OpenType font file (.otf) and select “Install” from the context menu.
Install Font
Install Font
  • This will add the custom font into the fonts folder.

Method 4: Drag and Drop Installation

Alternatively, you can drag and drop the font file into the folder containing other fonts. This requires you to open the folder containing the font files in one window and the fonts folder on another window. Then click and hold the font file, drag and release it into the list of fonts. You will find the new font in the installed fonts list.

Drag File
Drag File

Managing Fonts from the Fonts Control Panel

Windows 10 also allows you to manage installed fonts including preview, hide or uninstall fonts.

  • To do so, click on your font of interest and click the “Preview” button at the top of the list to see how the font will display in its different faces.
  • You can also click the “Hide” button to hide a particular font.
  • To uninstall, select the font you want to remove and click the “Delete” button. Click “Yes” on the warning prompt to confirm the action and complete the uninstallation process.
Uninstall Font
Uninstall Font

Caution: You should be careful when removing fonts as deleting some of the system fonts affect how the text will display on the screen.

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How to Use Custom (Installed) Fonts in Windows 10?

Using your custom fonts is similar to how you use pre-installed fonts. Open a text editor like Microsoft Word or WordPad.

  • Click on the “Font Family” arrow, look for and choose your custom font.
Use Font
Use Font
  • This way you can add and use any stylish font that is not pre-installed in Windows 10. Custom fonts can be helpful, especially when you are working on a design project.

Saving Word and PowerPoint Documents with Embedded Fonts

The problem in using custom font is that it may not be available in other computers. When you open the documents on other computer or share the document with others, Windows will show missing font information or use default font instead of the custom fonts. So ensure that you save the document including fonts before sharing with others. In this way, your document will look perfect regardless of the PC.

  • When your document is ready, click on “File > Options” menu.
  • Go to “Save” section and check “Embed fonts in the file”.
  • Ensure to select both the options of “Embed only the character used in the document” and “Do not embed common system fonts”.
  • This will help to reduce the size of your document for easy sharing. Now you can save the document including the embedded fonts.
Embed Fonts in Word Document
Embed Fonts in Word Document

You can save Word documents and PowerPoint presentations with embedded font in Windows 10.

Summary

Fonts allow you to style how text appears on your screen or document prints. While Windows 10 offers a variety of fonts installed together with the OS, at some point, you may need more fonts to add more style and elegance to text. Luckily, you can easily download custom fonts from Microsoft Store or other font websites, install and use them on Windows 10.

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