Software & Apps Windows How to Install TrueType or OpenType Fonts in Windows Add fonts to your Windows computer in the right way to avoid problems by Jacci Howard Bear Writer A graphic designer, writer, and artist who writes about and teaches print and web design. our editorial process Jacci Howard Bear Updated on May 27, 2020 reviewed by Kayla Dube Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Kayla Dube has 4+ years' experience in videography and filmmaking. She frequently works in production with indie film companies. our review board Article reviewed on Jul 29, 2020 Kayla Dube Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email Whether you download fonts from a website or have a CD full of typefaces, before you can to use them in your word processor or other software programs you must install TrueType or OpenType fonts in Windows. There are two ways to install a font in Windows: via the Fonts folder or from the font file. Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7. How to Install Fonts in the Fonts folder If you downloaded a font as a ZIP file, extract it before you access the Fonts folder. Find the location font(s) you want to install. Open the folder containing the font, but do not open the font file. TrueType fonts have the extension.TTF and an icon that is a dog-eared page with two overlapping Ts. They require only this one file for installation and use. OpenType fonts have the extension.TTF or .OTF and a little icon with an O. They also require only this one file for installation and use. Open the Control Panel. Double-click the Fonts folder to open it. Go back to the folder containing the font you want to install. Select the font file and drag it to the Fonts folder. Drop it anywhere in the main area of the folder window. Wait while the font is installed. Close the folders. The font will now be available to use on your computer. How to Install a Font from the Font File Another way to install a font in Windows is to do so directly from the unzipped font file. Navigate to the unzipped font file on your computer. Right-click the file and choose Install. When the font is installed, you can begin using it. In Windows 10, you can also double-click the font file to open it and select the Install button to install it automatically. If you have programs running while you install fonts in Windows, they may require that you exit the application and restart for the new fonts to be available in the font menu.