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How to Add Fonts to Word (Windows & Mac)

Author: Zhoumandy Last Modified: 2024-06-11

Fonts play a crucial role in enhancing the visual appeal and readability of documents. While Microsoft Word comes preloaded with a variety of fonts, sometimes you may need to add new ones to suit your specific needs or preferences. Whether you're using Windows or Mac, the process of adding fonts to Word is relatively straightforward. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps for both operating systems.


Video: Add Fonts to Word


Download the Font Files

To add a font to Microsoft Word, start by obtaining the font files. Fonts can be downloaded from various online sources, some of which provide free fonts for both personal and commercial use. Below, we've assembled a list of some of the most popular font sites offering a diverse selection of fonts:

Note: Before you download a font, please make sure that you trust the source.

Step 1: Download the font file you want

Select a font size that suits your requirements best from these sites above. Once you've found the font you want to use, download the font file to your computer.

Step 2: Extract the font file if necessary

Itโ€™s very common that the downloaded font file comes as a ZIP file, you have to extract it. Unzip it by right clicking the .zip folder and then clicking Extract.

Now you'll see the available TrueType (file extension .ttf) and OpenType (.otf) font files:

Tip: If the font file is downloaded directly in the TrueType (file extension .ttf) format or the OpenType (.otf) format, without being packaged within a ZIP folder, you can skip this step.

Now we are ready to add the downloaded font to Word!


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    Install Fonts to Word on Windows

    Windows offers a couple of methods for adding fonts to Microsoft Word.

    Note: Before adding a font to Microsoft Word, you have to first download the font. And if itโ€™s a zip file, youโ€™ll have to extract it.

    Method 1: Right-click to add fonts

    Step 1: Locate the Font File

    After downloading the font file, navigate to its location on your computer in File explore.

    Step 2: Right-click on the Font File and select Install

    Once you've found the font file in .ttf format or .otf format, right-click on it to reveal a contextual menu. From the menu, choose Install to initiate the font installation process.

    Step 3: Verify Installation

    Open Microsoft Word. The new font is now installed on your Windows device and will appear in the fonts list in Word, as well as other apps such as Excel and PowerPoint.


    Method 2: Drag and Drop to Add Fonts

    Step 1: Locate the Font File

    Like the first method, after downloading the font file in, navigate to its location on your computer in File explore.

    Step 2: Right-click on the Font File and select Install

    1. All fonts are stored in the C:\Windows\Fonts folder. Go to the C:\Windows\Fonts folder in File explore.

    2. Drag the font file in .ttf format or .otf format from its location and drop it into the Fonts folder. Then the font will be automatically installed.

    Step 3: Verify Installation

    Open Microsoft Word. The new font is now installed on your Windows device and will appear in the fonts list in Word, as well as other apps such as Excel and PowerPoint.

    Note:

    You can also see your installed fonts via the Control Panel. Go to the Control Panel and click on the Fonts folder.

    Tip: 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 learn more, read our article: How to change the default font in Word document?

    Install Fonts to Word on Mac

    Adding fonts to Microsoft Word on a Mac is also a straightforward process.

    Note: Before adding a font to Microsoft Word, you have to first download the font. And if itโ€™s a zip file, youโ€™ll have to extract it.

    Step 1: Locate the Font File

    After downloading the font file, locate the downloaded font file, typically found in the Downloads folder.

    Step 2: Double-click on the Font File and click Install

    1. Once you've found the font file in .ttf format, , double-clicking the font file will open it in Font Book, the default font management tool on macOS.

    2. In Font Book, click the Install Font button to install the font on your system.

    Step 3: Verify Installation

    Launch Microsoft Word. Your new fonts will appear in the fonts list in Word.

    By following these simple steps, you can easily expand your font library and customize your documents in Microsoft Word to suit your style and needs. Whether you're on Windows or Mac, adding fonts to Word is a quick and hassle-free process that can greatly enhance the visual appeal of your documents. For more Word tips and tricks, please click here to access our extensive collection of hundreds of tutorials.

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