How to Install Fonts on Microsoft Word

by Amy DombrowerUpdated September 15, 2017
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Microsoft Word, along with other Office programs, come with a variety of installed fonts you can use. If you want to install new fonts to use with Word, you will install them through the computer's operating system rather than directly through Microsoft Word. Once installed on your computer, the fonts will be readily available in Microsoft Word. You can download countless fonts from font foundries, many of which are distributed for free.

Browse online font foundries to find fonts you want to install. See "Resources" for a compiled list.

Download a font you like to your computer. You may need to unzip the file.

Right click the font. Click “Install.” The font will be added to the “Font” folder under “Control Panel” (Windows Vista). Alternatively, drop and drag the font file into “Fonts” in “Control Panel" (Windows 7). Right click the folder, and click “Install New Font.” Select the folder where your font files are located. Click “Install.” Click “Close.”

Open Microsoft Word. The newly-installed fonts will be available for use in the “Fonts” menu.


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Amy Dombrower is a journalist and freelance writer living in Chicago. She worked in the newspaper industry for three years and enjoys writing about technology, health, paper crafts and life improvement. Some of her passions are graphic design, movies, music and fitness. Dombrower earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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