How to Send a Truetype Font File to Someone by Email
By Jeff Grundy
Many times, using the right font can make the all difference in how appealing and interesting viewers find ads, flyers and other publications. Consequently, you may spend considerable time in searching for and selecting the perfect font for your documents. If a friend or colleague requests a particular font by email, Windows includes all the tools you need to package and prepare the attachment file before sending it.
Click “Computer” on the Start screen. Click “Local Disk (C:)” in the navigation pane, and then navigate to the “C:\Windows\Fonts” folder.
Double-click the “Fonts” folder to open it and display a list of fonts installed on the computer.
Right-click the name of the font you want to email, and then click “Copy” on the pop-up window. Close the “Fonts” window.
Click “Desktop” on the Start screen. Right-click on an open area of the Desktop, and then click “Paste.” Windows copies the font file to the Desktop.
Press the “Windows-E” keys to open the “Computer” File Explorer window again. Click “Desktop” under the Favorites header in the navigation pane.
Highlight the file name of the font in the “Desktop” File Explorer window, and then click the “Share” tab.
Click the “Zip” icon on the Share tab. Windows creates a new compressed file for the font with the same file name as the original.
Launch your preferred email application or open your Web browser and navigate to the website of your webmail provider.
Click the “Compose” or “New” button in the email or webmail application. Enter the recipients email address in the “To” field, or click the “Address Book” icon and select the person’s name from your contact list.
Enter “Font attached” or some other descriptive text in the “Subject” field of the new message window.
Enter additional text as needed in the “Body” or “Message” box of the new message window.
Click the “Attach” link or paperclip icon in the new message window. Browse to the desktop in the file browser window, and then highlight the compressed version of the font file. Click the “Open” or “Attach” button in the file browser window.
Delete the font copy and compressed file from the Windows desktop.
Click the “Send” or “Send Now” button in the email or webmail application. Wait a few seconds for the application to upload the attached font file, send the message and display a confirmation message that you sent the email successfully.
- In the body of the email you send, inform your friend or colleague to unzip the compressed font file after saving it to his computer. To unzip the compressed font, he need only highlight the file in a File Explorer window, click the “Share” tab and select “Extract All.”
- After extracting the font, your friend or colleague can install it on his computer by right-clicking the uncompressed file and selecting “Install” on the pop-up menu. Windows will add the font to the system automatically without requiring a system restart. However, your friend may need to restart his publishing or word-processing application before the font is visible in the program, though.
- If you purchased the font from the developer, sending it to someone in an email may constitute piracy and be illegal. Never distribute commercial fonts unless you are sure the recipient has a valid license for their use.
Jeff Grundy has been writing computer-related articles and tutorials since 1995. Since that time, Grundy has written many guides to using various applications that are published on numerous how-to and tutorial sites. Born and raised in South Georgia, Grundy holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.