How to Download Fonts on Your Pc

by Jack Gerard

Though the Windows operating system and many of the programs that have been made for it have an impressive variety of fonts, you may find yourself wanting fonts that are more artistic or expressive than those which you have by default. Some software companies make font packs which you can buy, but it is cheaper and more convenient to simply download free fonts which can be found online. Not only will you not have to pay for them, but you will also be able to pick just the fonts that you want without having to install a number of fonts that you don't.

Visit a font download website where you can browse through the various fonts which are available. The sites will have examples of the fonts displayed for you so that you can see what they look like before downloading them.

When you find one or more fonts that you like, click the link or button to download them. Depending on the website that you visit and the fonts that you choose, you may have to purchase one or more of the fonts via the site's checkout system.

After you've downloaded the fonts, you'll most likely find that they are archived in .zip or .rar files. Use an archiving program such as WinZip or WinRAR to open the file so that you can extract the font from the archive.

If you wish to extract the font to install it directly, select it and chose the "Extract" option. For your extraction location, navigate to your main Windows directory (usually C:\Windows, though it may be slightly different if you have Windows installed in a different location) and choose the subdirectory labelled Fonts. This will install the font automatically for any program that makes use of Windows fonts.

Should you wish to install the fonts manually, extract them to the location of your choice. When you are ready to install them, copy or move the fonts you wish to install into the Fonts subdirectory in the main Windows directory.

If you want to remove any fonts, simply move them out of the Fonts subdirectory or delete them. This will automatically remove them from any program that makes use of Windows fonts.

Tip

  • check If your word processor seems to be loading slowly, remove fonts that you don't use so that it won't have to load as many on startup

Warning

  • close Always scan any file that you download from the internet with a virus scanner to make sure that it doesn't contain a virus or spyware

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About the Author

Born in West Virginia, Jack Gerard now lives in Kentucky. A writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience, he has written both articles and poetry for publication in magazines and online. A former nationally ranked sport fencer, Gerard also spent several years as a fencing coach and trainer.