How to install fonts on Windows 10 and 11

Windows is a great operating system when it comes to customizability. It’s easy to get custom visual elements on Windows, including thousands of available fonts. Here’s how to install fonts on Windows 10 and 11.

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To install a font on Windows, head to Windows Settings -> Personalization ->  Fonts. Click Get more fonts in the Microsoft Store, click the font, and click Get. If you have the font downloaded, drag and drop it from the saved location to the box in the Fonts window that says Drag and drop to install.


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How to install fonts on Windows

Installing fonts on Windows can be done in two ways. You can use the Microsoft Store to get free and paid fonts listed there, or you can download a font of your choosing from the internet and install it manually. Both methods are relatively simple.

Install fonts on Windows via Microsoft Store

Open the Windows Settings app via search. Click Personalization. In Windows 11, this will be located on the left navigation pane.

Windows 11 Personalization settings

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Click Fonts. On Windows 10, this will be located on the left navigation pane, while Windows 11 will have the option in the right pane.

Windows 11 fonts settings

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Click the Get more fonts in Microsoft Store button.

Windows 11 fonts in microsoft store

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The Microsoft Store will open with a selection of fonts. Click the font you want to open the font’s listing on the store.

Windows 11 font page

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Click the Get button to install the font. It will finish downloading and installing, and show up on the Fonts page in Settings.

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Install fonts on Windows from the web

Download the font from the internet, and open the location where it is saved. If the font is in a ZIP file, you will need to extract it. Navigate to the folder where the extracted font files are.

Open Windows Settings and click Personalization. Click Fonts, located on the left navigation pane in Windows 10 and on the right pane on Windows 11.

Windows 11 downloaded font

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Make sure to keep the Windows File Explorer window with the fonts right next to the Fonts settings window.

Windows 11 downloaded font added

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Click and hold the font file (generally a .ttf file), and drag and drop it onto the box in the Fonts settings window that says Drag and drop to install. Windows will install the font, which will appear in the list right underneath.

Where are fonts stored in Windows?

Windows 11 font save location

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Fonts have a local storage location on Windows, just like apps do. Windows stores the fonts in the following location.

You can open up Windows File Explorer and navigate to that path. Windows lists all the installed fonts in this folder. If you want to preview a file, you can double-click the font, and it will open up in a new preview window.


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FAQs

There are a few possible reasons why, including resolution mismatch, font settings issue, or a ClearType configuration issue. Check your display resolution and scaling in Display settings. Restore default font settings in the Fonts section in the Appearance and Personalization in Control Panel. Search for Adjust ClearType text in Windows search, and run the tool until the font looks clear enough.

To restore default fonts, go to Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization ->Fonts ->Font Settings ->Restore default font settings

The font file may be corrupted, or you may need to use a third-party app to install the font. 

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