Install New Fonts In Windows 7

When you install a new program, it usually comes with its own fonts. For example, when you install Microsoft Office, it has its own fonts. If you search the Web, you will find numerous sites that offer several other fancy fonts, some available for free and some for a small charge.

When you find a new font you want to try, you need to know how to install it. As you can see from the steps listed below, the process is very simple. Before you proceed make sure you close all programs.

  1. Download and unzip the new font.
  2. Click the Start button, type font, and click Fonts. The Fonts window will appear.
  3. Drag the new font file into the Fonts window.

That’s all there is to it. Once you drag the font file into the Fonts window, it is automatically installed.

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  • Rob V.

    Actually, it’s even easier than that: Simply double-click on the font file (.ttf or .otf), You get a nice preview of the font, and buttons to either install and/or print the font if you like it.

    This is particularly helpful when you’re downloading font files from a website, because you can install directly from the download dialog by selecting “Run” as the desired action. (If the download comes as a Zip file, “Run” opens it automatically and you then double-click on the font file(s) within the archive). This really speeds things up by eliminating the need to use Windows Explorer altogether!

  • Joan Fahlgren

    Close all windows first? You didn’t even have to do that in Win 95 which was much fussier about installing fonts.

  • some guy

    Quit nut huggin’ Windows 7. It’s pretty much the most useless piece of garbage I have ever had the misfortune of thinking I could switch from OS X to.
    Another “It’s as simple as that!” story. What about when you are transferring several hundred fonts all in their own folders and you want to install them? You know, so you can have all of the fonts that you had on OS X—your design and typography machine—on Windows 7? You repeat this process several hundred times and spend, let’s say, 5 straight hours REinstalling fonts OR you don’t install them and thus you have none of your superior fonts. It’s as simple as that! Thanks Windows 7.

  • Ana

    i tried .. but it’s not working :(

  • Cory MD

    @some guy. Nut huggin? It is the best version of Windows by FAR. I installed over 1000 fonts in less than 2mins. Open folder with fonts, select all, right click, choose install all done.

  • Nicky

    lol Thanks. I needed some new fonts ^^

  • Mike

    My fonts appeared to load OK but any that are marked as installable in the embedding list won’t embed in PDFs. There doesn’t seem to be any way of changing this status.