September 25, 2017


Although Windows has a fairly extensive arsenal of fonts, it may happen that you are looking for something special. To give a particular letter a specific look, for example. Fortunately, there is a choice of free fonts online!

Fonts remain fun, they completely determine the appearance of a document. For example, suppose you want to send an invitation to a party in retro style, then a font of a worn out old-fashioned typewriter will of course be a must. Only that is not standard in Windows. Before we hunt for fonts, it's good to know that many fonts in Windows are stored in the so-called .ttf format (TrueType). More recent date is OpenType with file extension (usually) .otf. It does not matter which of both font formats you choose on a fonts website, they both work in Windows. In addition, many websites offer huge collections of fonts whose origin is not always as clear. Either: there are also types between those protected by copyright. Now, for home use, it's usually not a really big problem, but look out if you're going to use a font of unknown origin more publicly. For example, think of a promotional folder that you spread around the environment, in principle you are wrong. It's better to choose for public domain and open source fonts, so you're sure they'll never get used to it.

Font Library

A nice starting point for expanding your collection of fonts is Font Library . We'll take a little deeper into the "operation" of this site, or better: downloading and installing a font from here. The sites we mention later in the article work more or less according to the same recipe. As an operating system, we use Windows 10. Visit the site with the browser. You'll see a few "featured" fonts instantly. If you already see something like this, click on the displayed copy. In a new page you will see a better example of the font. To download it to your computer, click the brown download button at the top right of this page.

Click the download button to get a font.

The font is hidden in a .zip file. To unpack it, you can use a special unzip program, but Windows can also easily handle these compressed archives today: Double-click the zip to open it in a Explorer window. Now it's time to place the TrueType font file (listed in the Type Directly after the filename column) as temporarily (for example) on the desktop or in another folder. It is not possible to install a font directly from a zip file. In short: drag the font file - in our example called Unique - right to the desktop. Once it has arrived, click the right mouse button. In the open context menu, click Install.

Drag first (from zip file) and then install.

The font is available immediately. To check this, for example, start WordPad (Start menu under Accessories) or, for example, your favorite word processor. The font menu lets you select the same as any other font. However, it is important to remember the name of your new acquisition of course, otherwise you will be searching.

The downloaded and now installed font in full glory.

To remove an installed font (for example, because you do not finally approve), right-click the Start button. Then click Control Panel. In the open window, select the Large icons option in the upper right corner of the menu. Click Fonts and locate the copy to be removed. Click the right mouse button and then click Delete in the open context menu, followed by a click on Yes in the warning window. Do not do this for fonts that have already been installed on your system, especially with system fonts. If you do not know exactly what else was, then you can better play safe and do not delete a font. If you do not overfetch the fonts, nothing is obvious: some fonts more do not affect Windows. Hundreds of them. If necessary, create a list of self-installed fonts, then you can delete more targeted targets in the future.

Go away, but with policy!

Back to the Font Library site. At the top right there is a search field. Suppose you still find that font from an old typewriter, type typewriter for example, followed by pressing Enter. In any case, the font GNUTypewriter seems to meet your (our) wish.

Produce yourself some X-Files with this font.

Google has a comprehensive website with a lot of fonts. Actually, they are intended for use on websites (thanks to the most recent markup language HTML5, that's easy), but nothing stops downloading them for local use. Go to with the browser and click on the plus for any font you like; The entire "family" (matching fonts) will be automatically selected. You will see a notification (1 Family Selected) at the bottom right of your browser window. Click on this message and in the unlocked panel on the orange download arrow in the upper right corner of the screen. Save the .zip file and install the packaged fonts in the previously explained way. Take a look at , as well as a variety of font files. By using Googling you can also find fast fonts, but as stated, it is not always clear whether something is legal. Be sure to have a recent virus scanner installed and avoid fonts that are packaged in an .exe file. Only go for .zip or, if necessary, the .ttf or .otf format itself. Of course, to prevent ailmental discomfort.

Google has a lot of fonts ready.

It's tempting to install just hundreds of fonts. Do not do that, because Windows will not be faster. In addition, it becomes very difficult to quickly find a font in, for example, Word: the list of copies offered is simply extremely long. Also, remember that many software packages also reinstall your own fonts and you realize that it's not too enthusiastic to install. Make a conscious choice and install only those fonts that you really want to use.