My 3 Monsters: How To Install New Fonts on Your Computer

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11.27.2011

How To Install New Fonts on Your Computer

The internet is a funny thing to me.  Thanks in equal part to search engines and bookmarking sites like Pinterest {which I adore} some blog posts unexpectedly take on a life of their own.  It's nearly impossible for a casual blogger like me to predict which posts will become "superstars" and which will live out their days in anonymity, buried in the archive.  I have been totally shocked at the attention my cleaning schedule has received and the strong feelings it arouses in people, both positive and negative.  I never would have guessed years ago, when sharing this anecdote about my husband, that "Baby Brent" would become one of the most common search phrases driving traffic to my blog.  Nor was I expecting to come home from my Thanksgiving travels to find that my Favorite Fonts post has been receiving thousands of hits a day.  It's surreal.  I feel a little like a parent who comes home from a trip to find that her teenage daughter has thrown the party of the century in her absence.  {Don't be gettin' any big ideas Sissy!}

So, if you came for the fonts and stuck around, thanks ever-so much!  I'm sure we'll be fast friends.  Now, in finally reaching the point of this post, I wish to address a few concerns raised in the comments of that post.  First, It was brought to my attention {in the nicest way -- thanks to an Anonymous commenter} that the link to Feel Script was a bootlegged copy of a pretty expensive font.  I feel really bad about that.  I removed the link in the original post so as to avoid any trouble {in a legal sense}.  If you still want the free download it is easy enough to find out there.  I'm no evil genius and I got it.  Or you can save up the $99 and buy it all legit-like

Second,  it seems several of you would like some info about what to do with the font files after you download them.  Often when you buy a font it will come in a file with it's own installer.  You just open the file and it magically appears on your computer ready to use.  Kind of.  When you download a file for free {from a legit free site Ü }you usually have to unzip it and install it yourself.  It's not hard, you just have to do it.  I'm going to assume you all know how to unzip a zipped file -- on my computer when I double click a zipped file it automatically starts the Microsoft Extraction Wizard and walks me through the process.  Since my computer is old and technology seems to be becoming increasingly intuitive, I'm guessing it's even easier for most of you.  Just make sure you know where you save the unzipped font file so you can find it again.  Good?  Good.

On your PC click the Start button in the lower left corner then click on My Computer.  Choose the Local Disk {C:}.  Find the Windows folder and double click to open it up.  Now find the Fonts folder and open that up.  Click on File in the upper left corner of the window and click on Install New Font in the drop-down menu.

A new window will open up at this point.  In the bottom left corner, find the folder in which you saved the unzipped font file.  Click to open it when you find it. When you click on the correct folder, the name of the font file will appear in the "List of Fonts" box in the upper left corner.  Make sure the "Copy fonts to Fonts folder" box is checked, then click Select All.  When you click OK you should see a status bar pop up to let you know that your font installation has been successful.

You'll have to repeat this process for each new font you want to install.  Then, since I've copied the font file into the Fonts folder, I usually go back and delete the original files I downloaded so I don't waste space on duplicate files.  I hope that helps some of you to begin using and enjoying your new fonts.  If you still have questions feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  My whole family got together for the first time in years in Las Vegas for the holiday.  It was awesome staying up late laughing and playing cards with my siblings and parents while my kids ran around with their cousins.  We couldn't have asked for a better time.  More on that to come . . .

9 comments:

  1. Just a quick FYI... if you add too many fonts it will really slow down your computer. I had a friend that went crazy installing fonts and their computer was pretty much unusable after the font frenzy. If you find that you have tons of fonts (probably in the 700-1000+ range) and your computer is feeling a bit sluggish, you might want to try removing some of the less frequently used ones.

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  2. Thank you for sharing all the font info. I have started doing more wordart with my digiscrapping and this is great. It is really appreciated! Gonna have to start following you so I can get more great tips. I post my scrapped pages each Thursday, check it out....
    4growingboys.blogspot

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  3. I'm wondering if anyone knows how to install fonts for Macs? I love these and can't wait to use them. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Thank you! I found a font several weeks ago and could not figure out how to get Windows 7 to talk to it. Problem solved.

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  5. I am also wondering how to install fonts for macs. I love the ones Ive seen and I would adore being able to use them. If you know, PLEASE pleeeeaaaasseee reply! Thanks a ton! :)
    -meggie

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    1. I don't use a mac, but I found this link that seems like it would be helpful:

      http://desktoppub.about.com/cs/fixfonts/ht/install_fonts_m.htm

      Good luck!!

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  6. Good Morning! I wanted to let you know that I featured this in my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post - stop by and see!

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  7. Thank you! I've pinned how many "free fonts" (and found your lovely blog that way), but never acted upon them because I didn't know what to do with them. Excited to design a party invite with Channel.

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    1. You are very welcome! Channel is a good one, for sure.

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