How to Install Fonts

Did you know that it is possible to add news fonts to your computer? Fonts change the way that the text on your computer screen appears. New fonts can make the text look bigger, bolder, or more professional. And there are many specialty fonts; fonts for sports nuts, alien lovers, and even unique fonts for birthday parties and holidays.

Once installed, news fonts will be available for use in many of your programs. You will see your new fonts appear in Microsoft Office on the font dropdown menu, and in your graphics program. Basically, wherever you can change the font on your computer, you will be able to see and use your new fonts.

Adding news fonts to your computer is a simple process. When you download new fonts, make sure you create a new folder, so the fonts will be easy to locate when you install them. Next, determine your computer’s operating system, and follow these steps…

Windows Vista

Click on the Windows icon to launch the start menu, on the bottom-left corner of your screen. Click on “control panel.” On the sidebar to the left, select “classic view.” Click on the “fonts” icon. Click on “file,” and then “install new font.”

Select the “drive” that the font is located on, and navigate to the correct folder. If you wish to install multiple fonts at the same time, hold down the “Ctrl” key, and select multiple fonts. Click “install.”

Windows XP

For Windows XP, click on the “start” button on the lower left hand area of your desktop. Next, find and click on “control panel.” From the control panel, click on the “fonts” icon. From the fonts window, click on “file,” and then “install new font.”

Next, select the “drive” and “folder” to locate the fonts you want to install. It is possible to install more then one font at a time. To highlight more then one font, press and hold down the “Ctrl” key, and select multiple fonts. Finally, click “Ok.”

Windows 95/98/2000/NT4

The process for installing fonts in Windows 95/98/2000/NT4 is virtually the same. You may find that instead of reading “install new fonts,” the text under the “file” menu reads “add fonts.” If it does, click on “add fonts” and continue the process.

It is best to avoid having over 300 fonts installed on Windows 95/98. Your system may slow down dramatically when using programs that reference your fonts folder.


Download and “unstuffy” the font you wish to install. Next, find your “system folder,” and drag the font to that folder. Your computer will inform you that the font should be placed into your system’s “fonts” folder. Enter “return” from this prompt, and then restart. The new font will now be available.

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