How To Install A Font

by Gigi Ross on March 9, 2013

install a font

Today’s tutorial is quick and easy.

I’m going to show you how to download and install a new font for use in any of your Microsoft Office Suite programs.

Step 1: Find Your Font

I just started a new series yesterday called Font Frenzy Friday. You’ll be able to find great fonts by visiting here on Fridays. Let’s assume that you want to download the Clementine Sketch font from DaFont.

You’ll go to the page for Clementine Sketch font.

Step 2. Download the font.

Click the download button on the right side of the screen.

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If you’re in Google Chrome, the file will automatically download and appear at the bottom of your browser as a downloaded file:

install a font

If you’re using Firefox, you’ll get a little dialog box that asks you to open the file or save it. I click save, but you can also open immediately and proceed to the next step.

install a font

Internet Explorer works about the same way as Firefox – you’ll get a dialog box at the bottom that gives you the option to open or save.

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Step 3: Open the file.

If you’re using Chrome, you simply need to double-click the downloaded file at the bottom of your screen. Font files are zipped files, so clicking on this will open up a new window that shows you all of the extracted files in the zip file.

install a font

If you’re using Firefox, you’ll get a little pop-up window showing all of your downloads. Click on the selected file and it will extract in a new window as shown above.

Step 4. Select the file to install.

Some font files will contain just one file and a readme.txt file. Others will contain numerous files. You’ll want to look in the File Type column and find the ones that say either TrueType or OpenType file.

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Step 5. Install the file.

When you select your file, another window will appear that has an “Install” button at the top. Click it. You’ll get a small window that shows you the font is installing to your computer. When the box disappears, your font will be done installing.

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Step 6: Using the Font

If you have an Office app open while you’re installing fonts, the fonts will not appear in your dropdown menu right away. You will need to close the Office app and re-open it in order to see your newly-installed font.

That’s it! Your font is ready to use!


Wendy G March 9, 2013 at 10:25 am

I am so excited about this, thank you so much for the tutorial! I also use Open Office products (free ware) in place of some MS products, and found that downloading fonts this way makes them available in Open Office software also. You have to close out of EVERY Open Office thing that’s running (including some processes you don’t see, visible only in Task Manager) but when you re-open, voila! There they are. So exciting. Thanks!

Jennifer March 9, 2013 at 10:42 am

Does this work for Mac too?

Gigi Ross March 9, 2013 at 10:48 am

hm…good question. let me research and report back!

Renee Schuls-Jacobson March 10, 2013 at 7:16 am

Gigi (& Jennifer):

TechSupport (my 13 year old) just installed the fonts on my iMac. All people need to do is click on the DOWNLOAD .ttf or .otf files to install. Some of the fonts SEEM like they won’t work, but they all did.

renee a. schuls-jacobson March 10, 2013 at 7:18 am

Jennifer can follow these instructions. :)

Lytton March 10, 2013 at 12:37 am

Thanks for sharing the installation method. It helped me a lot.
Check for more tutorials

With regards,

Olga March 11, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Very helpful, thank you Gigi!!!

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