Installing Fonts


I get a lot of questions about how to install fonts.

I’ve put together this picture tutorial for installing fonts on a Windows 7 computer.

Before downloading the file, you need to make sure you have something to unzip the file folder. I recommend WinZip or WinRAR.

  • STEP ONE: Download and unzip the font file. You will see something like this:

Most font downloads include both a text file that includes the font’s terms of use and a font file.  The font file might be labeled .ttf or .otf, indicating whether the font is open type or true type.  The terms of use file is generally a text file.  You’ll want to be sure to read the text file so you know the ways that the font designer allows their work to be used.

  • STEP TWO: Install the font. If you click on the font file (above it is the file named KGWhattheTeacherWants.ttf), it will open a preview screen like this:

At the top of the font preview, you will see two buttons.  One says “Print” and one says “Install”.  Click the install button.

  • STEP THREE: Use the font. Now that you’ve installed the font, it is ready to use in your favorite programs!   Open up the program you wish to use- Microsoft Office or Powerpoint, Adobe Photoshop, whatever you choose to use.    Below, you can see that this font, KG What the Teacher Wants, is now an option to use in Microsoft Word now that I’ve installed the font:


If you’re using something other than Windows 7 and you need explanations, has great instructions on how to install fonts on other platforms.  Please see their FAQ on installing fonts here.

If you’re a visual learner, you can see several videos on installing fonts here:

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