How do I install a font on my computer?

November 21, 2008 / Updated: November 21, 2008 / Lena Shore
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Question

I have a bunch of fonts from a folder. How do I install them?

Answer

Macintosh:

  1. Unzip your font (if needed)
  2. Go to your home folder
  3. Go to Library –> Fonts
  4. Place your fonts into this folder
  5. You may have to restart a program for your fonts to show up in the list of fonts for that program

If you find you need to remove fonts from your system you can find your font in any of the following locations:

  • Home folder –> Library –> Fonts
  • Library –> Fonts
  • System –> Library –> Fonts

Windows:

  1. Unzip your font (if needed)
  2. Go to Start –> Settings –> Control Panel (In Windows XP, go to Start –> Control Panel)
  3. Go to the Fonts folder
  4. Choose File –> Install New Font
  5. Locate and select the fonts on your computer (you can select more than one by holding the CTRL key and clicking each one)
  6. Click OK.

Finding your fonts in Windows 95 and 98:

  • TrueType fonts are found in the Windows directory in the Fonts directory
  • Postscript fonts are found in the psfonts directory. The .pfb file will be in the psfonts directory while the .pfm file will be in a subdirectory of the psfonts directory called pfm.

Finding your fonts in Windows 2000 & XP:

  • TrueType fonts are found in the WINNT directory in the Fonts directory.
  • PostScript fonts are found in the psfonts directory. The .pfb file will be in the psfonts directory while the .pfm file will be in a subdirectory of the psfonts directory called pfm.