How to Down­load and Change Default Fonts in Microsoft Word

Parth Shah

Microsoft Office Suite is the world’s most popular productivity suite. Among them, Microsoft Word is probably the most-used office apps for the majority. And there are multiple factors for that. The software is full of features, offers hundreds of templates for productivity tasks, creating reports, resumes, etc. It’s available on all platforms. On top of that, you can customize the Word document with dozens of fonts. If that’s not enough for you, one can also download fonts, install them in Office apps, and set them as default on software like Microsoft Word.

Change fonts in microsoft word in windows 10

Using a custom font can enhance the appeal of the document. People also opt for custom fonts when some of their favorite fonts are missing from the Microsoft Word font gallery. The good news is that there are various ways to download them from the Microsoft Store and the web.

In this post, we will cover how to download custom fonts for Microsoft Word, install them, and set it as the default font in the software. Let’s get started.

Download New Fonts From Microsoft Store

As mentioned earlier, there are a couple of easy ways to download new fonts on Windows 10. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Hit the Windows button, search for Settings, and dive into the Windows Settings menu.

Step 2: Navigate to Personalization > Fonts menu.

Step 3: Here, you will find the list of available fonts with an option - Get more fonts in the Microsoft Store.

Get fonts from store

Step 4: Microsoft Store has a slim collection of free and paid fonts. Select the one you liked and select the ‘Get’ button.

Font family in ms store

For example, in the screenshot above, I installed Convection fonts which were originally designed for the Microsoft Xbox entertainment system. I have an Xbox laying around, so the fonts would bring uniformity among the Microsoft services for me.

Install fonts from store

Facing issues while installing fonts from Microsoft store? Refer to our guide on fixing Microsoft Store issues where you click install but nothing happens.

Download Custom Fonts from Web

Microsoft Store’s font collection is bleak compared to what you can get from the web. The web is full of custom fonts for your style and suiting. I mostly refer to Google Fonts website to download and install custom fonts. Go through the steps below to download and install them from the web.

Download google fonts

Step 2: Select the relevant font and tap on the download family button at the upper right corner.

Step 3: It will download a zip file on your device.

Step 4: Go to the download location and unzip the file using WinRAR ZIP Archiver tool. It’s a built-in Windows system.

Unzip files

Step 5: Open the unzipped folder, and you will find the full font family.

Step 6: These are the TrueType (.ttf) file type. Open any file that you want to install, and the system will open a preview with what that font will look like in different sizes.

Font family

Step 7: Select the Install button, and it will install the fonts in no time. Users don’t need to restart or refresh any program to make them available.

Install new fonts

Install New Fonts From Windows Settings Menu

With Windows 10 May 2019 Update, Microsoft has added an option to install new from the Windows Settings menu.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on Windows and navigate to Personalization > Fonts.

Step 2: You will find the ‘Drag and drop to install’ option at the top.

Drag and drop file in settings

Step 3: Go back to the font files located in the File Manager and simply drag and drop them to the mentioned menu.

After you complete the steps, the fonts will be available in all MS Office apps.

How to Change Default Fonts in Microsoft Word

After installing new fonts in Office apps, you might want to change the default fonts from ‘Calibri’ to the newly added ones. The process is fairly simple.

Step 1: Open any Word documents and open the formatting bar at the top.

Step 2: Tap on the little arrow to open the advanced format bar.

Font advanced menu

Step 3: Select the new fonts, size, and hit the Set as Default button at the bottom.

Change font menu

From now on, Microsoft Word will use the selected fonts and size as the default font.

How to Uninstall Fonts in Microsoft Word

When you install dozens of new fonts in the Office apps, it might become messy to keep track of it. The long-list of fonts in Microsoft Word also makes it difficult to navigate in the fonts menu in the software. That’s why it’s always advisable to uninstall such fonts when you no longer use them. Follow the steps below to uninstall fonts in Microsoft Word and other Office apps.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on Windows.

Step 2: Go to Personalization > Fonts menu.

Search fonts

Step 3: You will see the list of installed fonts on the device. Use the search bar to search for a font that you want to uninstall.

Uninstall fonts

Step 4: Find that font, click on it, and select uninstall from the following menu.

Play With Fonts in Microsoft Word

I like the flexibility that Microsoft Word offers you with fonts. You can search for fonts on the web, install them, and use it to enhance the document's appeal. After completing the work, one can always uninstall from the system settings.

Next up: One can easily make a watermark in Microsoft Word. Read the post below to find how to make and use a watermark in Microsoft Word.


The above article may contain affiliate links which help support Guiding Tech. However, it does not affect our editorial integrity. The content remains unbiased and authentic.

Read Next
How to Make a Watermark in Microsoft Word
Also See
#productivity #windows 10

Join the newsletter

Parth Shah

Written By

Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.