How to Download Fonts From the Web

Installing fonts on your computer is really easy

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Your computer came with lots of functional preinstalled fonts, but if you're tired of using the same ones repeatedly, you can download novelty fonts and other fun typefaces for any project.

Once you've downloaded a font to your computer, you have to install it in order for your word processor, image editor, or another program to use it.

How and Where to Download Fonts

You can find fonts for your computer in lots of places. Some of the more popular sites are dafont.com, FontSpace, and 1001 Free Fonts.

Most sites have fonts that are for sale or request a shareware fee, but many of them, such as the ones linked above, also offer a selection of free fonts. For free fonts, there's usually a Download button next to a preview of the font.

macOS recognizes TrueType (TTF) and OpenType (OTF) font formats. Windows can install fonts in those formats as well as bitmap fonts (FON).

How to Install a Font

The steps for installing a font are nearly the same in Windows and macOS. The basic idea is to open the font file and click the install button, and if the font is in an archive, you need to open the archive file first.

  1. Double-click the font file.

    If the font file is in an archive (e.g., ZIP, BIN, 7Z, or HQX), double-click it to view the file. In Windows, you can instead right-click the archive and click Extract All. Another option is to use a file extractor tool.

    Screenshot showing how to open an extracted font file in Windows
    Viewing a Font File in Windows. Jon Fisher 
  2. Click Install (Windows) or Install Font (Mac) to install the font file.

    Screenshot showing how to install a font in Windows
    Installing a Font in Windows. Jon Fisher
  3. You can now use the font just like any other one that was preinstalled.

If the program in which you're wanting to use the font was open when you installed the font file, exit the program and reopen it. The font might not show up as an option in the software until you restart the application.