How to Install Fonts in Windows 7

Add fun new fonts in a flash

Windows 7 comes loaded with dozens of attractive and professional-looking fonts. However, there are even more unique, eye-catching and fun fonts available for download all over the internet. If you are creating a custom document, publication or some other design with text, using a new font can make it extra special. Better yet, when you discover how easy it is to add fonts to Windows, you can install all sorts of them.

Learn how to install fonts on Windows 7 using a couple of methods as well as how to uninstall them if you change your mind. 

Safely Add Fonts to Windows

Font engraving alphabet

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As with any type of file or software you download onto your computer, you want to be sure that any fonts you install are safe.

  • Look for fonts on reputable websites or as part of curated lists on a website you trust.
  • In addition, make sure you select the correct download button. Ads containing misleading graphics that resemble download buttons can trick you into installing something potentially dangerous. 

A good place to find fonts that you know are safe is the Microsoft Typography Page. You'll also find lots of information there about current and developing Microsoft fonts. 

Unzip the Font File

Screenshot of Extract All in right-click menu in Windows 7

In most cases, new fonts will download to your computer as ZIP files. Before you can add fonts to Windows, you must unzip or extract them. 

  1. Navigate to the font file you downloaded, which is likely in your Downloads folder.
  2. Right-click the folder and select Extract All.
  3. Choose the location where you want to save the unzipped font files and select Extract.

How to Install Fonts on Windows 7 From the Font Folder

Screenshot of Windows 7 Fonts folder

Fonts are stored in the Windows 7 fonts folder. Once you have downloaded new fonts, you can install them directly from this folder, as well. 

  1. To access the folder quickly, press Start and select Run or press Windows key+R. Type (or paste) %windir%\fonts into the Open box and select OK.
  2. Go to the File menu and choose Install New Font.
  3. Navigate to the location where you saved the extracted font.
  4. Select the file you want to install (if there are more than one files for the font, choose the .ttf, .otf, or .fon file). If you want to install several fonts, press and hold the Ctrl key while selecting the files.
  5. Select Copy Fonts To Fonts Folder and choose OK.

How to Install Fonts from File

Screenshot of font file window in Windows 7

You can also install fonts in Windows 7 directly from the downloaded font file after you have unzipped it. 

  1. Navigate to the font file you downloaded and extracted. 
  2. Double-click the font file (if there are multiple files in the font folder, choose the .ttf, .otf, or .fon file).
  3. Select Install at the top of the window and wait a moment while the font is installed onto your computer. 

Uninstall Fonts

Screenshot of Delete button on Fonts folder in Windows 7

 If you decide you don’t like a font after all, you can remove it from your computer.

  1. Navigate to the Fonts folder.
  2. Select the font you want to remove and press Delete (or select Delete from the File menu).
  3. Select Yes if a prompt window appears asking if you want to delete the font(s).