Microsoft Word comes with a long list of fonts to choose from, but depending on what your goal with the document is, you may want to use a font that’s not on the list. Good news—installing fonts is easy.
Before you can add a font in Word, you’ll need to download the font file. When you download a font from an online resource, they’re usually downloaded as a ZIP file, which you’ll need to unzip. The font files themselves will usually be TrueType (.ttf) or OpenType (.otf) files—both of which work with Word.
There are many sites where you can download font files for free, but make sure you trust the source before downloading anything. If you download anything from an unknown source, you run the risk of getting infected with malware.
Microsoft recommends using DaFont, but Font Squirrel and FontSpace are also good sites for downloading fonts. If you like the fonts available in Google Docs, you can even download Google fonts to your PC.
Adding a font in Word on Windows is easy and only takes a few clicks. First, locate the font file on your PC and then right-click it. In the context menu that appears, click “Install” to install it for the current user, or “Install for All Users” to install the font for every user profile on the PC. You must have administrator privileges to install a font for all users.
The font is now installed on your Windows device and will appear in different apps such as Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. If you want your new font to be the default when you create a new document, be sure to set it as the default font in Word.
To add fonts in Word on Mac, locate the font file and then double-click it.
The Font Preview window will appear. Click “Install Font” in the bottom-right corner of the window.
The font is now installed on your Mac and will appear in different apps such as Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
You can now use the installed font next time you use Word. However, if the recipient of that document doesn’t also have that font installed on their device, the font will usually be displayed in a default font. If you want the recipient to view the document with the font you used, you’ll need to embed the font in the document.
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