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How to install a TrueType font on computer?

In Windows, the font file must be placed into the system Fonts folder in order to be installed.

Most fonts downloaded from the web come packaged in an archive file, usually ZIP for Windows or SIT for Mac. So the first step is to open the archive and extract the fonts.

Windows Millenium and Windows XP can handle ZIP archives natively. Right click the ZIP file and choose Extract All. Follow the Extraction Wizard to extract the files into the folder of your choice.

All other versions of Windows require a third-party application to handle ZIP archives 


For TrueType fonts, the font file is the one that ends
with a TTF extension.

Windows annoyingly hides file extensions by default. This is insane and you should always un-hide them to avoid confusion over file formats. In any Explorer window (My Computer), open the Folder Options dialog (either in the View or Tools menu), click the View tab, and uncheck the box that says "Hide file extensions for known file types." Do the world a favor and repeat this process on every Windows system you come into contact with.

In most installations of Windows, the system Fonts folder is C:\Windows\Fonts. An easy way to navigate to the Fonts folder, regardless of where it might be on your particular system, is to go to the Control Panel (Start Menu, Settings, Control Panel) and double-click the Fonts icon (if you don't see a Fonts icon in Windows XP, click Switch to Classic View in the top left corner of the Control Panel).

The File menu in the Font folder contains a handy dialog for installing fonts (File, Install New Fonts). The dialog box is a bit backwards, so start at the bottom - select the drive and folder where the font is located. The fonts should then appear in the list at the top. Select the fonts (or click Select All) and then click OK. The fonts should now be installed and ready to use in applications. You may need to restart any applications that were running during the font installation before they will see the newly-installed fonts.

Alternatively, if you're comfortable using Windows Explorer and a mouse, you can simply drag the font from its original folder into the Fonts folder.

To make a font available temporarily without actually installing it, simply double-click on the font file to open a preview window. The font should then be available to use in any application opened thereafter, until the preview window is closed. Note that once the preview window is closed, the font will no longer be active, and any text set in that font will be displayed with a default system font.

The font viewer can help you to view the fonts.


TrueType font printing problems in Microsoft Windows:

The procedures below address the following issues:

  • TrueType fonts are not installing correctly
  • The TrueType font is installed but is not printing properly
  • Cannot see the font selection after it is installed

Solution of the problem:

Installation or printing problems may occur in Windows because of the variety of print drivers available and the several different versions of Windows in use today. The following procedure usually corrects font problems in Windows:

  1. You may need to reboot Windows before TrueType fonts will work properly in all applications. This is usually because an application or a printing process that the application uses was started before the font was installed. Therefore, the application will substitute a text font instead of the IDAutomation font because it is not aware the new font exists. This is a common issue with Crystal Reports, Crystal Application Servers and Microsoft Office Applications.
  2. Some of our demo and sample fonts are missing characters. Make sure you have removed all demo and sample fonts before installing the fully functional versions. Our sample and demo fonts include the letter "S" in the font name.
  3. If you installed both TrueType and PostScript versions of our fonts on the same PC, they may conflict because both types of fonts use the same font names. Make sure your fonts are all (TrueType) when they are installed and if you install the PostScript fonts, do not use the same version of TrueType fonts.
  4. Make sure a printer installed is capable of printing graphics, TrueType fonts won't usually work correctly without a default graphics printer.
  5. If the fonts are installed and Windows does not shutdown properly, the fonts may need to be installed again as in step 8 below.
  6. Windows 95, 98 and ME can have problems with fonts when there are more than 700 or so fonts installed. We recommend 500 fonts or less installed when installing new fonts on these operating systems.
  7. If you have installed the font by copying it to the Windows/Fonts folder, you may need to open the font in Control Panel - Fonts to make sure it gets "registered" as a font in the registry. Also, make sure the font you are working with is our font.
    1. Choose Start - Settings - Control Panel - Fonts.
    2. Double click on the font and make sure it appears. You should see a sample of the font and a copyright notice from, Inc. or If you do not see this, remove the font and reinstall as in step 8 below. If you do see the font, you may find that it is now correctly registered and should work normally.
  8. Sometimes the fonts have to be removed and re-installed before they will work and "register" correctly in Windows.
    To reinstall TrueType fonts that are having problems:
    1. Choose Start - Settings - Control Panel - Fonts
    2. Remove the fonts that are not working correctly
    3. Reboot
    4. Choose Start - Settings - Control Panel - Fonts
    5. Choose File - Install New Fonts
    6. After the fonts are installed, Reboot again
    7. Choose Start - Settings - Control Panel - Fonts
    8. Double click on the font and make sure it appears
  9. To properly print the font on some printers, your PC may need to be setup to print TrueType fonts as graphics to your printer. To do this, click Start - Settings - Printers. Select your printer, choose Printer - Properties, choose options to make sure "Print True Type as graphics" is selected; look in the Font or Graphics folders for these settings. You may also have to change the print mode to "raster." If these options are not present in your printer properties, try a few of the other settings such as "download True Type as bitmap soft fonts".
  10. Try choosing a different "Print Processor". This option usually appears in the advanced section of the printer setup. Usually, good results can be obtained when selecting "WinPrint" as the print processor and "Raw" as the "Default Data Type". If this is a networked printer, make this change to the machine the printer is connected to.
  11. A poorly installed print driver, a bug in the print driver or a corrupt print driver can cause problems also. Reinstall your print driver or obtain a new print driver from the printer vendor if it is available and do the following:
    1. Choose Start - Settings - Printers. Delete your printer. 
    2. Restart your computer.
    3. Choose Start - Settings - Printers. Add your printer or follow instructions provided by your printer vendor.
    4. Restart your computer.
    5. Try printing again.
  12. If the steps above do not resolve the problem, try using an older compatible print driver: Some print drivers (such as the Windows 95 driver for the HP LaserJet 5 SI) will cause font problems, however, the printer will print properly if you install the HP LaserJet III driver on the port connected to the printer and make it your default printer.
  13. If it appears the font may be truncated, increase the height and width of the field the font is displayed in so there is extra white space before and after the font.
  14. If all of the above do not solve the problem, then something in Windows is most likely corrupt such as the registry or a system file. Try installing the fonts on another Windows PC to determine if your PC is having font problems. If problems persist on a certain PC, it may be necessary to reinstall Windows on that PC.



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