Tuesday, 19 March 2013

How to Install Fonts (For Non-Techy People)

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Now and then I get emails from lovely readers with questions about something they've seen on my blog. Of these questions, there is one which is currently popping up more than any other; "how do I get the fonts to work once I've downloaded them?" So today I thought I would write a quick tutorial about how to install fonts, (obviously I am happy for people to email me for help if they are still having problems after reading this post).

The first thing you need to know is that how you go about it very much depends on your computer - it's different for a Mac than a PC, and it will also vary according to what version of Windows you are running. You might also not be too familiar with zipped files, so I will cover that briefly too.

What to do with zipped fonts

The majority of websites provide font files in .zip form. You absolutely must unzip these files before they can be installed. To do this, right click on the file and select "Extract All...".

You will then need to go into the folder with the extracted files and look for the true type font(s), which have the extension .ttf, and install them in your fonts folder.

How to install font on a PC

Windows 8/ Windows 7/ Vista

Installing fonts on newer versions of Windows is simple. Right click on the .tff file and select "Install".

Installing fonts under any version of Windows

If you are running an older version of Windows then installing fonts takes slightly more effort. First of all, you need to know where your computer's font folder is. Common routes for opening the folder are:

Start Menu>Control Panel>Appearance and Themes>Fonts
Control Panel>All Control Panel Items>Fonts

If none of the above seem to apply to your computer run a search for "fonts" on your computer and that will either bring up the location or automatically open the folder for you.

To move the .ttf file to the fonts folder you can either left click on it and drag it into the 'Fonts' folder, or just cut and paste it. This is done by right clicking on the .ttf file and selecting "cut" then right clicking in the 'Fonts' folder and selecting "paste".

How to install a font under Mac OS

On a Mac, fonts need to be dragged and dropped into the 'Fonts' folder. This can be found under:


Or, if you only want the font to be available to a specific user, then follow the path:


You can also install fonts via Font Book.


  1. Thanks so much!! Hello from México!

  2. Found you over at Diary of a Housewife! I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out! It's a good tutorial and I know lots of peeps are always wondering about installing fonts!

    Tuesday Time Out @ Reasons To Skip The Housework

  3. Hi Angela! This is just what I needed! How did you know?
    I am pinning, an then I will refer to it OFTEN!

    Thanks much
    hugs x
    Crystelle Boutique

  4. Thanks so much! I have been wanting to do this, but had no clue how to do it!

  5. Thanks for sharing!!
    Jamie ~ somuchbetterwithage.com
    PS: I'm having a giveaway on my blog

  6. THanks for the tidbit, I'm a computer moron, so all little bits help!

  7. This shows how computer illiterate I really am...how do I use the fonts after I download them???
    Thanks for the help!!!

    1. Depend what you're trying to do with them :)

      After you've followed the steps above to install them in your computer's font folder they should be available in the font list of any programme using fonts (Word, Excel, paint programmes). If you want to use them on your blog then Kevin and Amanda have a good tutorial:


  8. Bless you for teaching me how easy it really is.

  9. Thanks so much! I've been trying to figure out how to do this for a long time. I kept on getting dead ends when I'd do a search too.

    I see that it uploads to Microsoft word but does it also upload to Google Blogging? If it doesn't do you know how to install new fonts into Google?

    Thanks so much, Katharine

    1. Hi there. Until recently there wasn't much you could do with fonts on the Internet, you could only use web safe fonts such as Arial. By "safe" I mean generic fonts that are standard on all computers - basically if someone else didn't have the font installed at their end, they couldn't view your blog/site properly.

      However, it is now possible to use any custom font in Blogger posts for titles, the date, etc. But it is a bit of a faff to set it up and I haven't bothered, personally. Here is a tutorial for how to do it:


      If you follow the above method then anyone can view your customised titles, even if they don't have the font on their computer. Hope that helps!

  10. Thanks for the info! Hopefully soon you will see some new fonts on my site, LaMinunat.com - wish me luck!

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  12. What a wonderful tutorial! When I first started blogging I didn't have a clue how to do anything ~ pinning to my party board. Thank you so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d}.

    Mary Beth at Cupcakes and Crinoline

  13. That was a very nice detailed tutorial. I have always had problem with using these fonts. I will have to try it once more following you. :) Thanks for linking up!

  14. Okay this was a good find!! I keep finding all these free downloads for fonts but I just save the links instead of actually downloading since I didn't know how to make them work for me lol. So THANK YOU! :)

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