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4 Simple Steps for Adding New Fonts to Your Windows Operating System

Use these simple steps to jazz up your next document, Powerpoint presentation, or viral video attempt.

Every computer comes loaded with a certain set of “stock fonts”. These are your everyday Arial, Times New Roman, and for whatever reason, Webdings (does anyone actually use those things?). But sometimes you want something different, especially in the radio business where we are creating web graphics, and videos. Like other forms of media, we’re looking for something that will “pop” and grab your attention with the hope that it will be enough for you to want to check out what we’ve worked to put together for your entertainment.

Even if you’re not in the media business, there’s no doubt you’ve needed to put together a presentation for work or school, or just want to let your creativity shine on your next social media post. The right font not only catches the eye, but can enhance the theme of whatever you’re presenting. Here’s how to get nearly any font you can imagine, and put them on your computer.

NOTE – THE FOLLOWING STEPS ARE FOR COMPUTERS RUNNING WINDOWS 7

STEP ONE – FIND YOUR FONT

A quick Google search of “free font download” (or some variation of it) will pull up a ridiculous amount of results, however the site I tend to use is Dafont.com, which is easy to navigate and features a ton of fonts including “look-a-like” fonts of some of the world’s most famous fonts.

Once you’ve found the font you want, simply click the download button on the right hand side of the page and save it somewhere on your desktop.

Adding New Fonts - Step 01
(Dafont.com)

STEP TWO – EXTRACT FILES

In most cases, the file will be a .zip meaning you’ll need to “unzip” it to get the file itself. Windows Explorer (where you go to see all your files, folders, drives, etc.) makes this easy with the “Extract All Files” button in the upper left corner after you double click on the zip file to see its contents.

Adding a Font - Step 02
(Ryan O’Bryan / 106-1 KISS-FM)

Before the extraction officially begins, you’ll be asked where you want to save the extracted files. Pick your location, and click ‘Extract’.

STEP THREE – INSTALLATION

Find the files in the folder you extracted into and right-click the file name to open the pop-up menu. Click install, and you’re done. Your font will now be available in all the programs on your computer that includes the ability to add type.

Adding New Fonts - Step 04
(Ryan O’Bryan / 106-1 KISS-FM)

STEP FOUR – USE YOUR NEW FONT

Open the program of your choosing, pull down your font menu, select your new fancy-pants font, and get to typing!

Adding New Fonts - Step 04
(Ryan O’Bryan / 106-1 KISS-FM)
Adding New Fonts - Step 05
(Ryan O’Bryan / 106-1 KISS-FM)

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