How to Add New Fonts to Microsoft Word
With so many fonts that come with Microsoft Word, chances are you’ll findthe right one for any occasion. But, even that many fonts may not be enoughsometimes. Perhaps you’re looking for a font that will make your text a bitdifferent than the rest but not too much? Other times, you might want to use afont that’s unlike any other to achieve that “wow” effect you’re looking for.
Either way, after you find and download the font that you’d like to usein your document, you’ll have to add it to Word first. Although this mightsound pretty simple, there are instances when it becomes a pretty complex task.
How to Add New Fonts to Microsoft Word on a Mac
Since Microsoft Word uses the font library in the Mac OS X operatingsystem, you’ll have to add them to the library first. To manage fonts on yourMac computer, it’s best to use the native app Font Book.
- Open Finder on your Mac.
- Navigate to the location where your new font file is. If it’s in a ZIP archive, you’ll have to unpack it first.
- Double-click the font file you want to install.
- The font preview window opens. Click the “Install Font” button at the bottom of the window.
- This will install the font and open the Font Book. Check if you’ve installed the font correctly.
- Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
And that’s it, your new font is in Mac’s font library and available to any app that works with fonts, including Microsoft Word.
Note that if you’re using Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, you’ll have to manuallyadd the new font to the collection of Office-compatible fonts. When you installa new font and the Font Book opens, drag and drop the font to the “WindowsOffice Compatible” collection. You can find it in Font Book’s left menu, underthe “Collection” section.
There’s one more important thing to note here. When you use a specificfont that’s not available in Microsoft Word by default, only you will be ableto see it. If you share your document with someone who doesn’t have thatspecific font on their device, the text will appear in the default Word font.
To get around this problem, you’ll have to embed that font into your Word document. Unfortunately, the Mac OS version of Microsoft Word doesn’t support this feature. The only way to do this is to open your Word document on a Windows computer and embed the font. Of course, this implies that you’ll have to have installed the font on the Windows computer
If you don’t need anybody else to edit your Word file, then you canexport it to a PDF. This will automatically save the file with that specificfont for view on all other devices.
How to Add New Fonts to Microsoft Word on a PC
Similar to Mac, you’ll also have to install your font before you can useit. It’ll be available to all other apps on your computer that work with fonts.To do this, follow the steps below.
- Open File Explorer on your computer and navigate to the location of your new font. If it’s in a ZIP file, you’ll have to extract it first.
- Now click the “Windows” logo in the bottom left corner of the screen. If you’re using an older version of Windows, click the “Start” button in the same location.
- Click the “Settings” icon right above the “Windows” button.
- In the search bar, type in “fonts” and click the “Font Settings” option that appears in the results list.
- Now move both the font location window and “Fonts” window so they’re next to each other.
- Drag and drop your font file to the “Add fonts” section of the “Fonts” window. It’s best to drop it to the rectangle area that says “Drag and drop to install.”
- This action will automatically install your new font and that’s it.
Although the font should now be available, it’s best to restart yourcomputer at this point. That’s if you want to make sure that all relevant apps willbe able to see it.
If for some reason you can’t find the new font in Word, you can tryinstalling it this way.
- Open the new font’s location in File Explorer.
- Double-click either the .ttf or .otf file, whichever is available.
- This will open the font preview window. Click the “Install” button on the top left corner of the screen.
- Depending on the privacy and security settings on your computer, you might have to confirm the install action.
If you want to share a Word document that uses your new font, you’ll haveto embed it into the doc first. By doing this, others will be able to see thefont if they open the document. To do this, follow the steps below.
- Open the Word document in question.
- Click the “File” tab at the top of the window.
- Click “Options” at the very bottom.
- The “Word Options” menu appears. Click “Save” on the left.
- In the main portion of the screen, scroll down to the “Preserve fidelity when sharing this document:” section.
- Check the checkbox next to “Embed fonts in the file.”
- Next, you may also want to check the box next to “Embed only the characters used in the document.” This will help reduce the overall file size of your document.
- Leave the “Do not embed common system fonts” option checked to further reduce the file size. This is an important step since Word will embed all other system fonts even if not used.
- Click “OK” to confirm the changes and that’s it. You’ve embedded your new font to your Word document.
How to Add New Fonts to Microsoft Word on an iPhone
If you want to add fonts to your iPhone, you’ll need to use a third-party app to do it. One such app is AnyFont and it’s available on Apple’s App Store. Install the app and you’re ready to begin.
The first step is to copy the new font to your iCloud online storage.Once you do that, do the following.
- Open iCloud and navigate tothe location of the font.
- Tap the font file.
- Tap the options menu in thetop right corner of the screen.
- Tap “Export.”
- Tap “Open In.”
- Tap “Import with AnyFont.”
- When the AnyFont app opens,tap the font file you want to use.
- Tap the “Aa” icon.
- If the font installationdoesn’t start automatically, another screen will appear. Tap “Install.”
- Once installed, restartMicrosoft Word and you’re ready to use your new font.
How to Add New Fonts to Microsoft Word on an iPad
Just like the iPhone, installing new fonts to Microsoft Word on an iPadrequires a third-party app. Check the section above to read the step by stepprocess that can help you with this.
How to Add New Fonts to Microsoft Word on an Android Device
Unlike iOS, adding new fonts to MS Word on Android is not that easy, unfortunately. The main reason is that there aren’t any third-party apps that allow you to do that.
Fortunately for Samsung users, there’s the iFont app by diyun. It allows theinstallation of various fonts to your device, and it’s available on GooglePlay. If you don’t have a Samsung device, the only way to use the iFont appis by rooting your smartphone or tablet.
If you don’t feel like rooting your Android for security reasons, you cantry using the GO Launcher EX home screen launcher. Although it’s not a greatoption if you don’t like third-party launchers, this one will allow you to addany font you’d like.
- Install GO Launcher EX from Google Play to your Android device.
- Once it’s done, restart your device.
- When the device is up and running, the entire interface of your device will now be GO Launcher EX.
To use any font, you can add them to a dedicated fonts folder in GOLauncher EX. Simply browse Local Storage/Go Launcher EX/Fonts and copy anyfonts to that location. You can do it from your computer or by downloading thefonts using your Android device.
Please note that some computers won’t be able to see the GO Launcher EXparent folder. If so, create a new folder on your device, for example, “Fonts,”and copy the files there. With that done, you can simply use the file browseron your Android to copy the files to the GO Launcher EX/Fonts folder.
Once you have the fonts in the right folder, follow the steps below tomake sure GO Launcher EX scans them properly.
- On your home screen, tap and hold on an empty space.
- Tap “Preferences.”
- Tap “Font.”
- Tap “Scan font” and wait for the scan to complete.
- Now the list of available fonts will appear. Tap the font you’d like to use to complete the action.
This effectively adds the new font to the system, allowing Microsoft Wordto use it as well.
Are there any good free font resources you can recommend?
Yes, there are quite a few. You can find below six websites that offer free fonts. Of course, there are many others so feel free to search for them online.
Custom Fonts for Your Word
Hopefully, now you know how to add fonts to Microsoft Word for any of yourdevices. Be it a Mac, Windows PC, Android, or iOS device, adding fonts willhelp you customize your documents and other text. Although adding fonts toAndroid is a bit trickier, there are a few solutions that will work withoutrooting your device.
Have you managed to add fonts to your Microsoft Word? Which platform areyou using it on? Please share your experiences in the comments section below.