If you are tired of the same default fonts in Microsoft Word, or you want to really decorate your document with a new font, you should know that fonts can and easily be added to Microsoft Word.
By using third party websites such as DaFont or 1001 Free Fonts, you can browse a wide variety of them and download new unique fonts for free. If you want something a little more premium, there are also many sites where you can buy more quality controlled fonts to install and use, such as FontShop or FontSpring
However, you may not understand how to install them in Microsoft Word. It’s actually incredibly simple. All you have to do is find the font you want to use and then follow these steps to install it.
Find a font to install
There are thousands of free fonts available online for adding fonts to Microsoft Word, although they will come in varying levels of quality.
Also make sure the websites you download the fonts from are legitimate. It is always possible that a file being downloaded may be unsafe, so be sure to check the site before completing any downloads.
Once you find the site, browse through the fonts and choose the one that suits your style. As you search, notice some of these things you should be looking for:
- Is the font easy to read?
- Can you make it bold, italicized or underlined?
- Does the font set include numbers and special characters?
When you find the one you want to install, there will probably be a download button next to it, and clicking on it will save the .zip font file to your computer. For this example, I am using the DaFont site. Once downloaded, you can either click the file in your browser or search for it in the file manager.
Install Font in Microsoft Word
Now that you’ve found and downloaded the font set, find and open the file. Follow these steps to easily add a font to Microsoft Word.
- In the file manager, click the .zip file of the downloaded font.
- In the top right corner, click Extract All. Select a location to save the extracted file.
- A new window will open with the files you extracted. You can also find the unpacked file in your file manager wherever you choose to save it. Now click on the font file. You can use Opentype or Truetype file.
- A window with examples of your font will open. In the upper left corner, click the “Install” button.
- If you want to make sure your font is installed, open the Windows Control Panel and click Appearance and Personalization> Fonts. Find your font in the search box and make sure it shows up.
Also, another option for installing a font is to drag the font file into the Fonts window from the Control Panel. You can now use your new font in Microsoft Word.
Use the installed font in Word
After installing a new font, you can easily select it for input in Word documents. After you open Word, you should see a box in the upper left corner of the screen showing the font you are currently using.
Click the arrow in this field to open a drop-down menu of all the fonts available for use. You can either scroll through the list and find your recently installed font, or type the name of the font in the box to quickly bring it up.
Once selected, you can start typing with your font. Newly installed fonts work the same way as pre-installed ones, although depending on the font you are using, some functionality may be limited. Be sure to check if there is a description for the font you are using that lists some of these restrictions. For example, there are many fonts that do not allow the use of lowercase characters, or vice versa.
Also remember if you are using the font for commercial or personal use. Most sites will indicate the intended use of a particular font. Most of the free fonts are actually created by artists not affiliated with the site itself, and provide the fonts they create to the site for free. This means that they cannot be licensed for your commercial use unless you pay for the font or get permission from the artist.
How to delete a font
If you want to remove a previously installed font to free up space, or find that you don’t like the selected font, it’s just as easy to do.
- Open the Windows Control Panel, then select Appearance and Personalization> Fonts.
- Find the font you want to remove and click on it once to select it.
- In the bar above the fonts, find and click the Delete button.
- A window will appear asking if you want to permanently delete the font. Select “Yes”.
Your font will now be removed and will no longer appear in Word documents in which it was used. You can remove any font, including pre-installed ones.