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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

{tutorial} how to install fonts

I've had a lot of questions about downloading and installing fonts, so I wanted to address some of your questions, and offer a step-by-step tutorial so you can take advantage of all the fabulous fonts out there.  You can totally do this--once you've got it down, you'll be downloading them left and right. :) Since I have Windows 7, that's what my tutorial will be for, but I'm also including info for those of you that may not have that operating system.

If you have a different Windows operating system than Windows 7 (XP, 2000, Vista) I did find a good step-by-step process for installing fonts in windows (includes all windows operating systems)--click HERE for that tutorial. There is another tutorial specifically for Windows XP HERE. If you are a Mac user, you can find their tutorial HERE.

When you download a font, it is a zip file, and you have to "unzip" it, or extract it before you can install it (and before you following the instructions above).  Windows 7 automatically does this for you with fonts, so you can skip this step.  You can download software to unzip your files at WinZip or FreeZip. WinZip is offering a 30 day free trial, and has options for both Windows and Mac, and FreeZip is free.  I haven't tried these, so I can't personally vouch for them, but it's worth looking into.

Once your fonts are installed, they will be available to you in Word, Excel, and your Silhouette software if you have one. If you're looking for a tutorial on how to use your fonts once they're downloaded, click HERE.



Once you've found the font you want, click on download.

Click "Save File".

 A download status bar will show on the bottom left of your screen.  Once the bar is complete, double click on it.

 It will bring up this window, and the font name will be listed. Sometimes a font will have more than one file that comes with it, like this one.  You are looking for the TrueType Font file--double click on it.
 It will open up the box shown below--click on install.

That's it!  That font is now installed on your computer, and you can start using it right away!  

Hopefully this will help--please let me know if you have any more questions!  Happy Fonting!


Blogger Sherry@ Ties2ThePast said...

Do you, or anyone else, know of a way to convert true fonts to stencil fonts? I like to cut out words to stencil with my Silhouette but lose the middle of my O's & other letters if they don't have the 'bridge' like stencil fonts do. I found some stencil fonts online but not the pretty ones I'd like to use.


February 1, 2012 at 6:27 AM  
Blogger The Richards said...

Thanks! I've been trying to figure this out! Do you know how to get them onto Photoshop? I have PS elements and want some fun fonts in there and they didn't seem to download to there, just Word. Your site is amazing!

March 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Marilyn Clark said...

Just gave you a shout out!


July 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger JOY 2 JOURNEY said...

I know that you have a lot of people following you but I couldn't resist adding you. Anyone who can help with my blog is a friend in my book! :)

July 10, 2012 at 9:00 PM  

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