Fonts allow you to create text in a computer software program that looks a certain way. Basic fonts include Times New Roman, Arial, and Book Antiqua. It is possible to expand your selection of fonts by downloading new ones onto your computer. It is possible to download fonts on PCs and MACs, but the process is slightly different. In most cases, the basic selection of fonts, which is quite broad, will automatically install on your computer. However, in some cases, you might need to do it manually. You will also need to do it manually if you are adding non-standard fonts.
Installing Fonts Automatically
In cases when the font installs automatically, all you will need to do is open the ZIP file and drag the .ttf files into the proper folder. This will either be the c:windowsfonts or c:winntfonts folder. The installation begins automatically once the file is in the fonts folder.
If the installation does not happen automatically, you can install fonts on your PC manually. Go to the Windows Desktop (this applies to versions 95, 98, 2000, and XP). Double click on “My Computer.” Double click on “Control Panel” and then double click on “Fonts.” This will allow you to view your currently installed fonts. Next, click on “File” or press Alt-F. A pop-down menu will appear. You should select “Install New Fonts” or “Add Fonts.” Double click on each of the fonts you want to install and then click the OK button. The selected font should begin to install. If you want to install more than one font from the folder, highlight each by holding down the shift key and left clicking the mouse.
Installing Fonts on a Mac
If you are trying to install a font on a Mac, the process will be slightly different. Download the font file onto the machine as usual. Unstuff it, which is the same as unzipping on a PC. You can then drag and drop the font folder into the Macs System folder. Save the new folder in the fonts folder and then restart your computer to gain access to the fonts.
If your fonts are not accessible, there are a few troubleshooting procedures you can try. First, make sure no other applications are running. On a Mac, this includes the Finder application. Font files might be in a suitcase (an icon that looks just like a small briefcase), which will need to be opened before the fonts can be installed. Finally, try restarting the computer to see if the fonts are available. If this does not work, there is a chance the font file is corrupt and you will need to get the fonts you want from somewhere else.
Keep in mind that your system might have problems if you install more than 1,000 fonts. Windows 95 and 98 function poorly when the numbers get too high. Expect your computer to slow down if you have more than 300 fonts in your system. If you plan to install extra fonts, try deleting those you know you will not use.