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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Install a Font on Windows

 Let’s learn how to install a font on Windows so we can then add it to Word. Installing a font on Windows is the same from Windows 10 all the way back to Windows 7. There are 2 ways to install.


  1. 1. If you don't see a .ttf or .otf file, you may have to extract it from a zip file.

  2. 2. Once you have a .ttf or .otf file, right-click the file and select Install.

  3. 3. You will briefly see an installation progress window as it installs.


  1. 1. Select Start > Control Panel > Fonts to open your system's font folder.

  2. 2. In another window, find the font you want to install. If you downloaded the font from a website, then the file is probably in your Downloads folder. The font file will likely have a .ttf or .otf extension.

  3. 3. Drag the desired font into your system's font folder. You can drop it into any white space between the other font icons in the font control panel.

    Note: Font sets are often contained within .zip files, so you must extract them before dragging the actual font files into your system's Fonts folder. For guidance on how to extract, or unzip, a .zip file, see Zip Files: Unzip Them With the Right Software. If a .zip file contains multiple variations of a font, you must install each one individually.

  4. Once the font is in the correct folder, it should install automatically. If it doesn’t, double-click the font file to open the Font Previewer, and click the Install button in the upper-left corner. The next time you open Word, the new font should appear as an option in the font list.

    Font Previewer in Microsoft Windows
  5. How to Add Fonts to Word Online

    If you're using the Microsoft Word Online app as part of Microsoft 365, you can make use of any font installed on your system. Just type the name of the font file minus the extension into the Font Options box.

    Word Online

    When you save the document, the font name will appear in the font options box and display properly for any user who has that font installed on their device. Unfortunately, Word Online doesn't let you embed fonts.

    If I Add Fonts in Word, Do They Transfer Over to Excel or PowerPoint?

    Yes. Once you add a font to your operating system and ensure that it's compatible with Word, then you should be able to use it in any MS Office application including Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.

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