How to install fonts in Windows 10

Installing fonts in Windows 10 is quick and easy -- just follow these steps

Sometimes the default fonts supplied in the latest version of Windows 10 just don’t cut it, and you want something a little more exciting for your PowerPoint presentation or graphic design project. Fortunately, there are thousands of fonts you can download (as long they’re just for personal use) and installing them couldn’t be easier. In this guide we’ll teach you how to install fonts in Windows 10, step by step.

In addition to installing fonts, we also provide instructions on how to remove unwanted, possibly troublesome fonts and restore the default Windows 10 font selection if you need to.

For a look at how to install fonts specifically for Adobe Photoshop, we have a guide for that too.

The easy method

how to install fonts in Windows 10

Step 1: Find the font you want to install, whether it’s from Microsoft’s newly instigated font storefront in the Microsoft Store, or from a website of your choosing, and download it.

Step 2: The font may or may not be packed into a zip file. If it’s zipped, right-click on the file, select “Extract All,” and then follow the instructions to put the font into a folder of your choosing.

Step 3: After extraction (or accessing the file at its downloaded destination), right-click on the file and select “Install.” That’s it!

Drag and drop

how to install fonts in Windows 10

If you’d rather do things manually, you can use the old-school drag-and-drop method that requires two open windows.

Step 1: Download your font as in the instructions above and extract it from its zip file if required.

Step 2: Navigate to Cortana’s search field on the taskbar, type “Control Panel,” and click the corresponding result.

Step 3: With the Control Panel open, navigate to “Appearance and Personalization,” and click on “Fonts” in the main window.

Step 4: Once your font library loads, simply drag your new font from the destination location in File Explorer into the font window. A small progress bar will show up as it’s installed. Once complete, the font is ready to use.

How to delete fonts

how to install fonts in Windows 10

If you end up installing more fonts than you need or just don’t want some to be available anymore, here’s how to delete them.

Step 1: Search for “Control Panel” in the Windows 10 search bar and click the corresponding result.

Step 2: Click “Appearance and Personalization” and then “Fonts.”

Step 3: Either scroll through the list or use your keyboard to search for a specific font. When found, click it and select “Delete” from the top-bar menu. Alternatively, right-click and select delete from the pop-up menu.

Step 4: When asked to confirm, click “Yes.” The font will then be deleted from your system.

Reset to default fonts

how to install fonts in Windows 10

If fonts are causing problems or you deleted an important one, you can always reset your fonts to the Windows 10 defaults. This is far less impactful than resetting or reinstalling Windows 10, but it does get your fonts back to the way they were when the OS was freshly installed.

Step 1: Search for the “Control Panel” in the Windows 10 search bar and click the corresponding result.

Step 2: Click “Appearance and Personalization” and then “Fonts.”

Step 3: Click “Font settings” from the left-hand menu.

Step 4: Click on the “Restore default font settings” button. Windows 10 will then restore your font selection to the default Windows 10 options.


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