The Easiest Way To Install New Fonts In Windows 10

Installing new fonts into you system has never been easier.

This tutorial assumes you are running the latest version of Windows 10, updated with the October 2020 (20H2) update installed.

We’ll use DaFont as the download source as DaFont is established as a great resource for free fonts.

So before we begin, go ahead and download the fonts that you want from DaFont or any other source.

Once you have the fonts you want downloaded, let’s begin….

How To Install Fonts In Windows 10

  1. Extract contents of the downloaded Zip folder.

    Normally, fonts download in a zip folder. Simply extract these. (Right-Click “Extract All”). Or drag them into a temporary normal folder. Once done, keep this folder open.Font install - how to unzip

  2. Open Font Settings.

    Simply type the word “fonts” in the search bar in your taskbar. (Alternatively – open Settings and type “font” in the search field. W10 Open Font Settings

  3. Drag & Drop Font Into Font Settings

    The font will either be .otf (Open Type Font) or .ttf (True Type Font). These are the only files from the unzipped contents that you drag and drop into the section in Font Settings that says “Drag and drop to install”.Drag and drop fonts to install

That’s It

Fonts installed. If you are using up to date software, these should load the newly installed fonts without having to close and restart the application.

Older versions of software that call on the fonts will require you to close and relaunch the program to take effect.

Additional Info

Unless you have a high performance computer, or if you work within graphic design, it’s best not to overload your computer with too many fonts.

Installing too many fonts will not slow your computer down. However programs and apps that call on the fonts to preload will take longer to open. For example programs like Photoshop and Microsoft Word, load the fonts to the memory when you open the application. Having too many fonts installed will cause these programs to initialise slower on launch.

Furthermore, if you overload a system with too many fonts, this may add to the actual boot time of Windows.

Video Instructions

Here is the video version of these instructions.