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Jim Rossman: How do you get those different typefaces?

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I got a question from a friend recently asking how to add different typefaces to his computer.

She is going to be starting a newsletter and she wanted to use a font that she liked on another person’s web page.

So, once you decide you want to add a font or fonts to your computer, how do you do that?

The first step is to acquire the font – either by purchasing it or finding free fonts online. Ultimately, you’ll end up with the font files that need to be installed.

You can buy fonts directly from different design studios, or you can get them from app stores like the Microsoft store online, the Mac app store or from a company like Adobe or even Google (fonts.google.com).

However you acquire them, you’ll need the font file (usually one file for each typeface) and you’ll have to install it on your Mac or Windows PC.

On Windows 10 or 11, you can right-click anywhere on the desktop and choose Personalize from the pop-up menu. On the Personalization page, you’ll see Fonts. Open Fonts and you’ll see a place on top to drag and drop your font file(s). Drop them in the box and your computer will install the fonts.

Note, if your downloaded font is compressed (zipped), you’ll need to unzip it before installing.

 

On the Mac, once you have the font files downloaded, open up an app on your Mac called Font Book, which is located in your Applications folder.

Once Font Book is launched, go to the File menu and choose Add Fonts to Current User.

You’ll be presented with a navigation window and you’ll need to find your font files and select them and press the Open button.

Mac users can also double-click on the font files to bring up an install fonts dialog.

Font Book will check the font files for compatibility and let you know if there are any problems with them.

This column is just a quick overview of how to load fonts. If you’d really like to learn more about fonts, Google has a good website for font downloads and it has a section for just learning about fonts at fonts.google.com/knowledge.


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