When you’re working on a project and you want to give it an original feel, a custom font can be useful. In Windows 7, Microsoft added an easy to use user interface for installing and managing fonts which is a nice upgrade over the previous drag and drop method we had in Windows Vista and XP.
Download a custom font is simple being that there are several websites that offer them for free. There are also some paid font sites, but free is the groovy price to pay.
Here’s just a few free font sites for reference.
Once you’ve found a font you like, go ahead and download it. Make sure you grab the Windows version, as some are formatted separately for Mac. The font file should be a .ttf but it’s likely they compressed it in a .zip file to save on space so don’t panic if you don’t see a .ttf right away.
If you are having trouble seeing file extensions (such as .ttf or .zip at the end of the file name) read up on this groovy article for a solution!
Install Custom Fonts In Windows 7
1. Once you’ve downloaded a font you like, you’ll need to Double-Click the .ttf file. If the download is in a .zip format then you’ll need to extract it first.
2. The font previewer should open up, take a look at your font and then Click Install.
2.b Alternatively if you want to skip the previewer you can just Right-Click the font .ttf file and Select Install.
Now windows will install the font! It’s that easy! At this point we’re done but if you want to check and confirm your installation went through correctly all you need to do is open up the font control panel. We can also uninstall fonts from the font control panel too so it’s worth checking it out so you know where it is.
3. Click the Start Menu Orb and then Type in fonts and Press Enter.
4. The Font control panel should open. Here you can view all of currently installed fonts. Some might be grayed out because they are for foreign languages. Scroll down the window to find the font you just installed and confirm it worked correctly.
At this point your font is definitely installed! You can now delete the downloaded .tff and / or .zip file since Windows 7 copied it to the Windows/Fonts folder.
How to Delete a Windows 7 Font
To remove a font you’ll need to do so from the Font control panel.
5. To remove any font, just Right-Click the font and Select Delete.
It’s important to keep in mind that when you delete a font from Windows 7, it will be permanently removed. You can not reverse this process or restore the font unless you have a separate copy of the .ttf file for the font.
Additional Space Saving Options
While having a huge library of fonts can be handy, it can also take up a lot of storage space on your Windows installation drive. Below I’ll show you how to enable a feature that will allow you to store your fonts in an external location, you can even store them on the network! This option is great for you creative power users that want to install every font known to man. It’s also useful for quickly backing up and storing fonts without worrying about creating duplicate files on your system.
6. Click Font Settings from the Fonts control panel.
7. Click the checkbox for Allow fonts to be installed using a shortcut (advanced). Be sure to Click OK to save changes.
8. Now when you Right-Click the font .tff file you’ll see a new option to Select called Install as shortcut.
Now whenever you want to add a new shortcut you can simply install it as a shortcut and rather than copying your font to the windows folder. Instead, it will just point Windows 7 to look for the font at the location it is currently stored at.
If you look in your fonts folder, the newly installed font will display a shortcut icon over it’s thumbnail so you’ll know that it’s being stored externally.
Have a favorite font you love using with Windows 7 or a fav site you use to download cool fonts? Post a comment below, we’d love to hear about it!