How to Install Fonts in Windows 11

Find and download your favorite fonts to the OS

What to Know

  • Right-click the font file and choose Install.
  • Drag the file into Settings > Personalization > Fonts.
  • Search Fonts in Microsoft Store, choose Get on font page.

This article explains how to install fonts in Windows 11. You can get the font file yourself from the web or use Microsoft Store to locate and easily install new fonts. We'll also cover how to delete fonts you don't want anymore.

How Installing Fonts Works in Windows 11

Font files are like regular files, where they can be downloaded from websites and shared between computers via flash drives, CDs, etc.

There are lots of places to get fonts online, including free sources like Google Fonts, DaFont, and FontSpace. We'll see below Windows 11 has its own, built-in method for getting fonts, too.

If you've got a font file, like one in the OTF or TTF file extension, you can't just put it anywhere on your computer and expect it to be usable. A font isn't recognized by Windows 11, and by extension programs like Word, until it's been properly installed.

Installed fonts are stored in a specific folder, as covered below. As long as the program you want to use the font in is looking for font files in the standard Windows Fonts folder, following the steps below will allow the file to be used by that software.

How to Install Fonts From the Web

Here's what to do with the file you've downloaded so you can start using the font in your programs:

  1. Locate the font file. You need the actual file, so if the font was downloaded in an archive (it probably was), extract it first: Select it once and then go to Compressed Folder Tools > Extract all > Extract. The font will appear in a folder by the same name as the archive.

    Extract option for a ZIP file in Windows 11

    If your font downloads within an archive file, it's most likely a ZIP file. However, if it's something else like 7Z or RAR, you'll need a third-party file extractor tool to open it. Once you get the true font out of the archive, the rest of these steps apply just as they do with ZIP fonts.

  2. There are several ways to install a font in Windows 11. The easiest is to double-click it, or right-click it, and select Install.

    Install highlighted in font right-click menu

    You can also go to Settings > Personalization > Fonts, and drag the font file into the Add fonts area. This works with multiple fonts as well.

    Add fonts Windows 11 settings

    Font installations can also take place directly from the Windows Fonts folder at C:\Windows\Fonts. Copy and paste, or drag and drop, one or more fonts there to install them in bulk.

    This PC > Local Disk (C:) > Windows > Fonts highlighted in Windows 11 file explorer

    If none of these methods work, verify you've dealing with the actual font and not the archive it came in. If Windows 11 doesn't recognize the font you have, try to convert it to a supported format.

How to Install Fonts Through Microsoft Store

Another way to get fonts is through Microsoft Store. Instead of searching for a trustworthy website to get fonts from, and then having to download the file yourself, Windows 11 has a built-in method which streamlines the whole process.

  1. Go to Settings > Personalization > Fonts > Get more fonts in Microsoft Store.

    Get more fonts in Microsoft Store in Windows 11 Font settings

    One way to access Settings is by right-clicking the Start button and selecting it from the list.

  2. Pick the font you want to install, and then choose Get.

    Get highlighted on Ink Journal font page
  3. Select Install if it doesn't start installing automatically.

    Ink Journal font install button

How to Delete Fonts in Windows 11

It's easy to go overboard installing custom fonts. There's nothing wrong with it unless you've collected so many your programs are now running slowly trying to load them all, or it's becoming difficult to sift through all the options.

Let's first look at the easier way to uninstall fonts:

  1. Right-click the Start button and go to Settings > Personalization > Fonts.

  2. Select the font from the Available fonts area. You can find it by searching for its name or scrolling through the list.

    Moonrising font in Windows 11 Settings
  3. Select Uninstall, and then confirm it in the pop-up.

    Uninstall prompt in Windows 11 font settings

The other way to delete fonts is a better technique if you want to remove multiple fonts at once. Visit this path in File Explorer to select the font(s) you want to remove, and then choose Delete from the menu at the top:

C:\Windows\Fonts
Delete highlighted in Windows Fonts folder

If you right-click a font, or use the Organize menu option, you can copy it elsewhere for backup or sharing purposes.

FAQ
  • How do I add fonts to Microsoft Word?

    To add fonts to Microsoft Word and other Windows 11 programs, install the font on your system by following the instructions above. You may have to close and reopen the program for the font to appear.

  • What font is used in Windows 11?

    Segoe UI Variable is the default font for Windows 11. Microsoft has used the Segoe font family for its user interfaces and marketing materials for many years.

  • Where do I find fonts on Windows 11?

    Open Windows 11 File Explorer and go to the C:\Windows\Fonts folder to see all of the fonts installed on your system.

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