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How To Install Fonts

by | Dec 30, 2021 | How To, Windows

Windows has a large number of fonts to work with right out of out the gate, but if there just isn’t one that fits, you may want to get some new ones. If you’re like me, you may have just stumbled onto a fonts website, or a unique font someone else was using and wanted to try it for yourself.

In this How To I’ll explain how to install (and uninstall) new fonts on Windows 10.

NOTICE: This How To only covers Windows 10 currently, but will be expanded and linked to related articles in the future.

Get the Font

There are two ways to get a font file, either from Microsoft or another website. I’ll cover both methods below.

From the Microsoft Store

You can access the Microsoft Store from the start menu on your PC, but there’s another way if you’d like to go straight to a font search.

  1. Go to settings (Windows Start Menu)
  2. Personalization (First row, fifth option; top right corner)
  3. Go to Fonts (Fifth option on the left side panel)
  4. Select ‘Get more fonts in Microsoft Store’

The installation from the Microsoft Store handles itself for the most part.

Once you find a font you like, select ‘Get.’ If you aren’t signed in, you’ll be prompted to do so. Once you sign in or hit ‘No, thanks’ the installation will start.

All done.

From a Different Website

There are many alternatives to the Microsoft Store that offer free fonts for those just trying them out, as well as paid fonts. Sites like 1001 Free Fonts, Font Zone, and Windows Fonts are good places to start your search.

Unpacking the File

Fonts use the file extension ‘TTF’ but may come in a zip file. If that’s the case, you’ll want to unpack them first.

Installing Your New Font

There are several methods for installing fonts on Windows 10 and they range from simple to incredibly easy.

Method 1

  1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to your font file (the location it was downloaded to)
  2. Go to settings (Windows Start Menu)
  3. Personalization (First row, fifth option; top right corner)
  4. Go to Fonts (Fifth option on the left side panel)
  5. Drag the font file from Windows Explorer onto the ‘Add fonts’ section’s Drag and drop area

Method 2

  1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to your font file
  2. Open a second Windows Explorer instance (by right clicking on W.E. and selecting ‘File Explorer’
  3. Navigate to OS (C:) > Windows > Fonts (you can keep track of where you are in the address bar at the top of the window)
  4. Drag the font file from your previous Explorer window into the Fonts folder on your C: drive

Method 3

  1. Navigate to the font you downloaded and double-click on it
  2. Hit install on the top bar after the preview window comes up

Whichever method you use, the results will be the same.

Enjoy your new font!

Uninstall a Font

The last thing I want to go over is uninstalling fonts from Windows 10. Maybe you picked the wrong one or want to get rid of old fonts you aren’t using anymore. In either case, you can uninstall fonts by following these steps.

  1. Navigate to OS (C:) > Windows > Fonts (where the installed fonts are all kept)
  2. Choose the font you want to uninstall and delete it


While adding and removing fonts from Windows 10 is easy in hindsight, it can be a little confusing at first. I hope this How To cleared up all the steps involved and you get your hands on the fonts that are right for you.


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