How to install fonts in Windows XP and Vista

by Ross McKillop on April 27, 2009

Windows

This brief tutorial will show you how to install new fonts in both Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Installing Fonts in Windows XP

The steps to install new fonts in Windows XP is actually very simple, once you know how to do it. Open up Windows Explorer (just double-click My Computer). Navigate to the C:\WINDOWS\fonts folder.


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Copy and paste the font file (fonts typically end with the extension .tty, .ttc or .fon) into the C:\WINDOWS\fonts folder. You’ll see a quick progress box pop up. That’s it – the font is now installed! Note: you may need to restart any applications you have open in order to use that font in that application.

Installing Fonts in Windows Vista

Installing fonts in Vista is even easier than it is in XP. Simply right-click on the font file, and select Install.

A UAC (User Account Control) window will pop up asking you to confirm you want to install the font. Click Continue. That’s it – you’re done! Similar to Windows XP, you’ll need to restart any open applications in order to use the newly installed font in that app.