How to Install New Fonts in Windows 7

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Often, when I am designing a new document, I find the default fonts are just plain boring. The good news is that you can easily find and install new fonts to your computer; and there are plenty of sites that will allow you to download new fonts for free. So if I want to trade Arial in for a snazzier new sans-serif, I can!

In previous versions of Windows, you had to install fonts by accessing the file menu in the Control Panel. However, installing fonts in Windows 7 can be as easy as drag and drop.

In this guide, you will see two different ways to install new fonts in Windows 7. But before you get started, remember to download any new fonts you want to use to your computer (I know, common sense, but still).

Installing New Fonts in Windows 7 With Drag and Drop

Step 1: First, click the Start, go to the Control Panel, click Appearance and Personalization.

appearance and personalization

Step 2: Click the Fonts folder, and then minimize the folder. You will need it soon.

installing fonts

Step 3: Access the folder or area where you have saved the downloaded font (I saved to my desktop), and then double-click the folder to open it.

Step 4: You may see multiple folders, depending on the font you have chosen. Since this is a Windows guide, you don’t need to keep the folder for the MAC OS. Double-click the folder not labeled MAC OS.

Windows Font Folder Step 5: In the folder, locate the item with a font File Type.

Font File Type

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Step 6: Drag the font file to the Fonts folder (minimized in the separate window) to copy the file to the folder.

Congratulations! You have improved your design repertoire with a freshly installed font! And just think…all you had to do was drag and drop!

Installing New Fonts in Windows 7 With Right-Click

Step 1: Same first step as mentioned above. Access the font folder you downloaded.

Main Font Folder

Step 2: Again, double-click the folder not labeled MAC OS.

Windows Font Folder

Step 3: In the folder, locate the item with a font File Type.

Font File Type

Step 4: Right-click the font file, and then click Install.

Install New Font

And that’s it! You have a new font available at your fingertips!

Windows 7 makes installing new fonts a much less time consuming process than in previous versions. This way, you can spend less time sorting through your computer’s files, and more time creating beautiful things.

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  1. Yanmiz Love says:

    where did you download the new fonts?

  2. Hannah King says:

    Thank you for this very straightforward guidance – I couldn’t work out how to install fonts in Windows 7 once I had downloaded them, and found your advice through a google search. It took just seconds to do, rather than the time it would’ve taken me to call my Dad or brothers to ask them for help! Thank you!

  3. Xenia Monica Bagaporo says:

    funny but I followed your steps and got so disappointed coz they didnt helped me at all. Accidentally though I got to double click the font.ttf file that I so wanted and lo and behold, it opened a folder preview of the font along with the button named “Instal”. I clicked that and there it is! the font was included in the fonts folder 😀 yay!
    Thanks anyway!

  4. Alex Isabel says:

    When I tried it (Both ways) it said: The file ‘C:Users/Alex/Anjelika Rose Thin.ttf’ does not appear to be a valid font”

    • Rockin' Rolla says:

      did you get to install new fonts because i am having the same problem as you

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  6. Iam Donald says:

    Thank you so much for this info, it’s been very very helpful.