Install a New Font in Windows XP

This tutorial assumes that you have set the Control panel to Classic View. To see how to do this, click this link (opens in a new window): Set the Control Panel to Classic View

If you've ever had to choose a Font for some word processing you've been doing, then you've probably heard of Arial, Times New Roman and Courier. You may well have wanted something a little different for your work, and chosen Fonts, like Bookman Old Style or Comic Sans MS.

There will also be plenty of fonts to choose from if you have Microsoft Word, as it comes with its own set of Fonts. But even if these are not enough, there's some great Fonts out there on the Internet. You can use a Control Panel icon to install new Fonts.

First, though, you need to get hold of a Font that you like. Most Fonts are copyrighted to the people or organizations who created them. So you just can't install a Font without reading the copyright information attached to it. But there are plenty of free Fonts you can download. Do a Google search and you'll get lots of hits back.

Pizzadude is the alias of Jakob Fischer, who has been designing fonts since 1998. He has some great free fonts that you can use.

We've chosen his "Words of Love" font. After it has been downloaded and unzipped, you'll see this:

Download a Font

Double click the Text Document to see what you can and can't do with the Font. As Jakob says,

"This font is copyright (c) Jakob Fischer at, all rights reserved. Do not distribute without the author's permission.

Use this font for non-commercial use only! If you plan to use it for commercial purposes, contact me before doing so!"

So as long as we don't use the Font directly in any commercial work, we should be all right. But you should always get the Font creator's permission, if you're not sure.

Once we have downloaded the Font we're looking for, we can go ahead and install it.

  • Click the Start button in the bottom left of your screen
  • From the Start menu, click on Control Panel
  • Double click the Font item in the Control Panel to see a list of all the Fonts on your computer. (In the image below, there's not a lot of Fonts! But your computer will probably have quite a lot.)

A list of Fonts

The TT on the icons stands for TrueType. TrueType is a Font scaling technology, developed by Apple for the Macintosh. They then got together with Microsoft so that the technology could be implemented on both Mac and PC.

The O on the icons stands for OpenType. (Microsoft had also teamed up with Adobe, and together they worked on another Scaling technology called OpenType.)

To install your new font, click File from the menu. Then click Install New Font. You'll get the following dialogue box popping up:

Add a Font

You now need to navigate to where on your computer you downloaded the font to. In this type of dialogue box, you select a drive from the drop down list. Then you double click a folder to see what's inside of it. We downloaded the font to the F drive, but yours is probably C. Make sure there is a tick in the box "Copy fonts to Font Folder".

Choose a location

Once you have found your font, it will appear in the text area under List of Fonts:

Select your Font

Click on the Font to select it, and then click OK. You should then see your new font on the list:

The new Font  has been added

Double click the font and it should open in the Windows Font Viewer. You will then see some more information about the Font, including copyright information:

View the Font

With the Windows Font Viewer, you are also able to see what the Font looks like in different sizes.

To use your new font, open up a programme like Microsoft Word (if it's already open, close it first, and then reopen it). It should then be available in the list of fonts:

The Font in Microsoft Word

Start typing to see what your new font is like on the page.

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