There is no one who does not identify the standard fonts that Windows offers, from the classic Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri to the controversial Comic Sans. You know them too, you used them in school and they continue to be part of your work life today. However, in life you need variety and on the net, there are thousands of designs available; you just have to know how to install fonts in Windows 10.
Before installing fonts in Windows 10, make sure their use is restricted for personal or commercial purposes. In addition to this process, we will explain how to eliminate unwanted fonts — possibly annoying — and restore the default font selection, if necessary.
How to install fonts in Windows 10
Step 1: You can open Windows 10 Settings, by clicking on Personalization and then on the Fonts tab.
You will then see a link to Get more fonts in the Microsoft store. Click on that link and then download the font, just like you would an app, so it will automatically install and appear in settings.
Alternatively, you can also manually download a font from your preferred website and install it. Steps 2 and 3 will give you more insight on how to install fonts from outside the Microsoft Store.
Step 2: When you download it, the font may or may not be compressed into a zip file. If it’s packed, right-click the file, select Extract All, and then follow the instructions to put the font in the folder of your choice.
Step 3: After unzipping the file (or when you’ve downloaded the file), right-click on the file and select Install. And that’s it!
How to install fonts in Windows 10 manually (drag and drop)
If you prefer to do things manually, you can use the old drag and drop method, which requires two windows open.
Step 1: Download your font as indicated in the instructions above and extract it from the compressed file, if necessary.
Step 2: Navigate to the search field on the taskbar, type Control Panel and click on the corresponding result.
Step 3: With the Control Panel open, go to Appearance and Personalization and click on Fonts in the main window.
Step 4: Once the library with fonts loads, simply drag your new font from the destination location in File Explorer to the font window. A small progress bar will appear as it installs. Once complete, the new font is ready for use.
Note: Windows 10 allows you to drag and drop the new font files to install through the Settings menu. Just open the Settings menu, head over to the Fonts section of the Personalization menu, and then drag the font files into the dotted rectangle under Add Fonts.
How to remove fonts
If you end up installing more fonts than you need, or you just don’t want some to be available, we now explain how to remove them.
Step 1: Search for “Control Panel” in the Windows 10 search bar and click on the corresponding result.
Step 2: Click on Appearance and Personalization and then Fonts.
Step 3: Scroll through the list or use your keyboard to search for a specific font. When you find it, click on it and select Delete from the menu on the top bar. Alternatively, you can click the right button of your mouse and select Delete from the pop-up menu.
Step 4: When asked if you confirm the action, click Yes. This will remove the font from your system.
Reset the default fonts
If the fonts are causing you problems, or if you have deleted any important ones, you can always reset your fonts to the Windows 10 defaults. This is much less complex than resetting or reinstalling Windows 10, and you simply get the fonts back as when the system operating was newly installed.