How to Install Fonts

Fonts are built in most operating systems but there will be times when you’ll need to put in some more. Uncover the ways of installing fonts and get the typeface you need.

There are numerous ways of installing fonts, and is something every computer user needs to be aware of. The following is an overview of how it’s done in Windows and Mac systems.

Note: it’s best to use only one format. There are three kinds widely available: True Type, Open Type and PostScript. It is possible to have them all in the same system. However it can cause some display problems so using one format is recommended. This is true for most operating systems.

Adding True Type and Open Type in Windows XP

The first thing you have to do is unzip the package. If they come in a CD or DVD, insert it in the right drive.

Here are the steps for installing fonts in Windows XP. Click the Start Menu and choose Settings. Select Control Panel. Depending on your Start Menu arrangement, you can just click Start and choose Control Panel.

You’ll see several icons. Double click the Fonts folder. Choose file and “install new font”. Select the drive (if your CD / DVD is drive E, choose E). Go to the appropriate folder. If there are sub folders go to the one you want.

Make a selection. If they are adjacent, click one and hold down the shift key. Click the one at the bottom. Everything in between will be highlighted too. Press and hold the ctrl key to make non adjacent selections. Installing fonts is also possible via dragging. Just click and drag the mouse around the files you want.

Ensure that the “copy fonts to fonts folder” is checked. Click OK. The files will be copied to the hard disk.

Adding in PostScript is done with Adobe Type Manager, which is built in. If you’re using Windows 98 or NT, download this free software from the Adobe website.

Adding True Type or Open Type in the Mac

Open Type and True Type work in Mac OS X. The Adobe Type Manager is included in version X. If you will be installing fonts in version 8 and lower, download the application from Adobe.

Close all open software. Go to Finder and head to the correct drive / folder. Select the ones you need. For PostScript include the printer outlines. After selecting, drag the selection into the Library. Put copies into the Classic folder if you want them to appear when running in Classic mode.

Adding PostScript Type in Mac OS 9.x

Shut down all open applications. Go to Finder. Select the font suitcases. For Mac 9 you can choose 512 simultaneously. For version 8, 128 at a time is the maximum. Drag the files in the System folder. Click OK.

Using Font Managers

Installing fonts can be made easier with custom programs built for handling these files. There are several available on the Net.

Finally, try to keep them manageable. Too many in a document can result in an awkward looking report. As long as you install them correctly and used judiciously, you won’t have problems presenting your work.

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