How to Install Fonts

Microsoft Windows

Note: if you are running Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003, you have to be admin in order to install fonts.

  1. If the font file is compressed (e.g. a zip file), expand it using a utility such as Winzip.
  2. Click Start, then Control Panel.
  3. Double click on Fonts.
  4. On the File menu click Install New Font.
  5. In the Drives box, click the drive that contains the font that you want to add.
  6. In the Folders box, click the folder that contains the font that you want to add, and then click OK.
  7. In the List of Fonts box, click the font that you want to add. To select more than one font at a time, press and hold the CTRL key while you select each font.
  8. Click to select the Copy Fonts To Fonts Folder check box. The new font is saved in the Windows\Fonts folder.
  9. Click OK.

If an application is running when you install a new font, you will probably need to close it down and restart it for it to become aware of the new font.

Macintosh OS X

  1. If the font package is compressed double-click on it to expand it.
  2. Double-click the icon of the font file you want to install. The Font Book will open and display the font so you can preview it.
  3. By default, the application installs the font in the Library folder of your home directory, making it available only to you. To make it available to all users, select Preferences from the Font Book menu and change the "Default Install Location:" from "User" to "Computer".
  4. Click Install Font

Note: you can install fonts at any time, without restarting your computer, but the new fonts may not be visible to programs until you restart.