How to Install Custom Fonts on Windows 10?

Windows 10 has a lot of different custom fonts for any taste and purpose, but sometimes there is none that fits your needs for fancy PowerPoint presentation, Word document, etc. If you wonder how to install custom fonts on Windows 10 or where is Windows 10 fonts folder located, this article is all you need. It is about to show you all the ways to install custom font on Windows 10, and how to manage already installed fonts.

How to Install Font on Windows 10?

Let us start with the basic installation process. We assume you already have the font file (.otf or .ttf) so no need to explain where to get custom fonts for Windows 10. If you don’t know, just Google it. The Internet is full of license-free or paid fonts.

Locate your font file and open it. You will see a new window containing examples of your font, meta information and two buttons responsible for printing and installing. Just press Install and wait second or two. Done.

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One important thing to note: you can install custom fonts on Windows 10 only if your user profile has Administrator privileges. If it doesn’t, then Windows asks for an Administrator password. That is because by default Windows font manager installs fonts for all users. Luckily there is a way to legally bypass this limitation and install font on Windows 10 for the current user only. Here is how to do it.

For your information: the instruction below works only on Windows 10 1903 and newer. By the time of writing this article mentioned Windows version is still in beta. It is to be released approximately on March or April 2019.

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Locate the font file and right-click it. Click Install. This option does not require Administrator privileges. If you want to add font to Windows 10 for all users, then click Install for all users. That is another option to install fonts on Windows 10. Simply right-click font file and select the appropriate option from the context menu.

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But wait there is more. Windows 10 1903 has another one way to install font on Windows 10 from the Settings app.

  1. Press Win + I and go to Personalization > Fonts. windows 10 fonts folder
  2. You have two options here. One is to drag and drop font file. That is all you need to do. Very simple and convenient. Do note that this installs the font for the current user only and does not require Administrator privileges. Again, this option is not available on Windows 10 1809 or older versions.
  3. The second option is to download and install custom font on Windows 10 from Microsoft Store. Click Get more fonts in Microsoft Store. This option opens fonts section in Microsoft Store which contains free and paid fonts as well.
  4. Select whatever font you prefer and click Get or Buy (for paid fonts only). Windows will automatically download and install a font with no additional actions required. You can download fonts from Microsoft Store on Windows 10 1809 and newer. add font windows 10

Windows 10 Fonts Folder

Okay, now we are done with installing fonts on Windows 10. Let’s move to managing them. First what you need to know is how to find Windows 10 fonts folder.

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Here is where Windows 10 fonts folder is located: C:\Windows\Fonts.

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Another way to open Windows 10 fonts folder:

  1. Press Win + R and type in control. Press Enter on your keyboard. This command opens the classic Control Panel. install fonts in windows 10
  2. Go to Appearance and Personalization > Fonts. add fonts to windows

And the third option. As you see, Microsoft is very generous in giving you options to manage fonts on Windows 10.

Press Win + I and go Personalization > Fonts.

How to Delete Font on Windows 10?

Open Windows 10 fonts folder. You can use any method listed above.

Classic Control Panel: right-click the font you want to delete and select Delete or simply select the font and press Delete in the top panel. This deletes entire family of fonts. If you want to delete only one, double click font and delete one or few from the inside. add fonts in windows 10

Modern Settings app: click on the font you want to delete. Inside the Metadata section press Uninstall. This option deletes only one font listed in the Select a font face to see its metadata drop-down menu. install otf font windows 10

That’s it.

One comment

  1. Font management in W10 seems to be an ongoing nightmare! Drag and drop a font to the fonts folder and it quietly only installs for the current user (making the font totally inaccessible in many apps). And now if you right-click on an otf you get the install for all users option, but NOT for a ttf..! If you try to use the font viewer to install the ttf, it only installs for the current user… aaargh.

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