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How to install a font under Windows ?

Files are compressed in the Zip format. There is no problem under XP, but with older Windows versions you must install Winzip or equivalent to be able to open these files.
Quick explanation
Place the .ttf (ou .otf ou .fon) files in the Fonts folder.

Detailed explanation

  • Go to the place where you saved the font.
  • Double-click on the zip to open it.
  • Drag and drop the files with the .ttf, .otf ou .fon extension elsewhere from the zip window (hold down the CTRL key to select several at once).

If the extensions are not displayed, click the Tools menu of any folder > Folders Options > Display tab > uncheck the "Hide file extensions for known file types" item.

Place these files into the Fonts folder, usually C:\Windows\Fonts or C:\WINNT\Fonts (can be reached as well by the Start Menu > Control Panel > Appearance and Themes > Fonts).

Note that with the internal unzip tool of XP (unlike Winzip), you cannot install a font by a simple drag and drop of the .ttf from the zip window to the Fonts window. You must first drag and drop it anywhere (for example on the desktop) then in the Fonts folder.

You can also go through : File > Install a new font... in the Fonts folder menu then browse the fonts, instead of drag and drop the fonts into the window.

Although this method is laborious, it would seem that it functions better in certain cases.

If you punctually need a font, you don't need to install it. Just double-click on the .ttf file, and while the preview window is opened you can use it in the programs you'll launch.

How to install a font under Mac OS?

Only some of this site's fonts are available as Mac version (when the author provides them). Mac OS X recognizes PC TrueType fonts too.
Files are compressed, so you must use an utility like Stuffit Expander.

You need to download the PC to Mac Font Converter (you can get it in the section) Then download the PC fonts you wish to use. Note that all fonts are in ".zip" compressed format when you download them. They will need to be decompressed before conversion, using either ZipIt 1.3.8 or Stuffit Expander. They can be downloaded from and many Mac shareware sites. After you have them decompressed, open the PC font(s) in the converter and change them to Mac fonts. Once done, install them in your Mac's system by doing the following: First, double-click the startup disk to open it (the startup disk icon is usually in the top-right corner of the desktop.) If your system has more than one disk, open the disk that contains the active System Folder. This is called the Startup Disk. Second, drag the font you want to install to your closed 'System Folder' icon (not to an open 'System Folder' window). You will most likely get a message box that asks if you want to put the font in the 'Fonts' Folder, just click okay. Then you will get a message that says this font will not be available to currently running applications until they have quit. Finally, click okay and you're done. This will place the font in the 'Fonts' folder where it belongs.


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