How to install a new font in Windows

June 23, 2009 at 10:00 AM • by John Lueders

To really personalize my printing projects, I will oftentimes search my list of fonts and select the one that looks the most aesthetically pleasing for the job, after which I will adjust the color and size until it is just right.  I have customers who print envelopes by using a larger calligraphy font for the names on the first line and a smaller, more legible font for the address.  This is partially why Elm Software developed PrintJobs in the first place – to customize the ways in which you print information.

But what if you like a font that is not on your computer?  Elm Software offers a variety of free fonts available via download.  If you would like to use fun, new fonts for your own upcoming printing projects – invitation envelopes, mailing labels, room layouts, reception tent cards – use the following information to properly install these fonts on your computer.

Before we discuss the steps needed to install a font on your computer, let’s discuss where fonts live.

Where fonts live

Fonts reside in a folder on your Windows computer.  This folder is usually at C:\Windows\FontsSometimes it is C:\Winnt\Fonts.  Fonts installed on your computer appear in this folder and are usable by any program on your computer – Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PrintJobs, Tabula Rasa, etc.  The image below shows my Fonts folder on my Windows Vista 64-bit computer. 

fonts-folder

Let’s say you are working on your computer, and you open a Word document that was created on another computer in Calibri font, but your computer does not have Calibri.  Your computer will automatically select the closest approximation of Calibri to display the text, such as Arial or Verdana.  If you are e-mailing a document (to be printed) that contains a unique font, either turn the document into a .pdf or be sure that the end computer has that font already installed.  Otherwise, your print job may not end up looking like how you want it to look.

Installing fonts

  1. Visit http://www.elmsoftware.com/printjobs/fonts.htm, locate the desired font and click the download button.
  2. Save the zip file to your desktop.
  3. Unzip the contents of the zip file to your desktop.
  4. Go to your desktop and find the font file(s) and right-click and select ‘Copy’ from the popup menu.
  5. Open 'My Computer' and navigate to your fonts folder. Example: C:\Windows\Fonts
  6. Right-click in the ‘Fonts’ folder and click ‘Paste’.
  7. An 'Installing Fonts' dialog window appears.
  8. Upon completion, your fonts will be installed and ready to be used by all applications.

 

Install some new fonts today!

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