How to Add New Fonts to Word
Microsoft’s Word has become a synonym for a word processor. These days, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone not at least somewhat familiar with it. However, if you’ve been using Word for some time, you might want to spice up your writing with a new font. If you’re a writing professional, you probably already know the default fonts just won’t do for some projects. But, how do you add new fonts to Word?
In this article, we’ll explain how to install new fonts on the most frequently used OS’s and enable them for use in the MS Word App as well as in Word Online.
Add New Fonts on Mac
Adding new fonts to Word on a Mac is made simple by the native app Font Book. Here’s what you’ll need to do toinstall a new font:
- Once you’ve found and downloaded the desired font, make sure you unzip it. Zipped files can’t be imported to Word for Mac.
- Launch Font Book either by finding it under Applications in Finder or by launching it directly from Spotlight. For the Spotlight launch, hit Cmd+Space, type Font Book, and press Enter.
- Click the Plus button located above the font list, locate the new font, and hit Open.
That’s it – your new font will be ready for use after you restart the computer. Once the font has been installed onyour Mac, there’s no need for any additional steps to integrate it into Word. The software will recognize it automatically the next time you launch it.
Alternatively, you can download and unpack the font and double-click on the file. Supported font files on Mac areOTF, TTF, DFONT, and older formats, although you’ll rarely see those. Once you double-click the file, a font preview window will open. From there, you canclick the Install Font button, which will take you to Font Book.
Add New Fonts on Windows
Getting a new font on a Windows PC is just as straightforward as doing it on a Mac. Simply follow these steps:
- Download the font and extract it from the ZIP file. It would be best to extract to a subfolder so that the font files don’t get scattered in your Downloads folder.
- Open a new File Explorer window and navigate to C:WindowsFonts folder. This is the default folder where all of your fonts are located.
- Drag the font files to the Fonts folder, and the job should be done. Windows will recognize any new fonts and you’ll be able to use them immediately.
If for some reason, the automatic recognition doesn’t kick in, you can also right-click on the font file and choose Install. Alternatively, double-clicking on the font file will open the font preview window from which you can see what the font looks like and hit Install in the top left corner.
Installing a new font on Windows will make it available in Word and other text editors. If you’d like to previewall fonts currently on your computer, that can be done by going to Control Panel. From there, you’ll either have the option to go directly to Fonts orfind them under Appearance and Personalization, depending on your Windows layout.
The Fonts interface in Control Panel can be useful for easy font installation, as well as for deletion. Toinstall a font this way, simply drag and drop it into the Fonts window. You can even use this method to install multiple new fonts at the same time. Deleting afont will be as simple as right-clicking on it and choosing Delete.
Add New Fonts to Word Online
For Office 365 users, the process of adding new fonts will be just as easy, if not even less complicated. Onceyou’ve installed the new font, launch Word Online and you’ll find it in the Home toolbar. In the Font tab of the toolbar, click on the box that’sdisplaying the font that’s currently active and type the name of the new font. Press enter and it will be applied to the document or your current textselection. You could also click on the downward-facing arrow and scroll through the drop-down list, but there’s no need to bother with that if you know thename of your desired font.
Note that if Word Online is already active while you’re installing the font, the changes might not be applied and you might not see the new font on the list. If that’s the case, simply restart Word Online and you’ll see the new font added to the selection.
Another thing to bear in mind is that changing the font will only apply to the current document. Once you start a newdocument, the font will revert to default.
Add New Fonts on Mobile Devices
Compared to Windows PC or Mac, adding fonts to Word on mobile devices will require a bit more effort. Here’s how todo just that.
To add a new font on Android, you’ll have to root your device first. Rooting a smartphone or another Android devicegives you access to all the settings and allows for installing any apps. It is a relatively straightforward process and there are plenty of guides on how toroot your Android device online.
Once you have your device rooted, set up, and working, follow these steps to add a new font:
- Get the font file on your device by downloading it directly to the phone or transferring it from acomputer.
- Locate the file. For this step, you can use the integrated file explorer or install a different app.Since your phone is now rooted, it might be a good idea to find an explorer app suited for rooted devices. Tap and hold the file until you see the Copy optionappear – once it does, tap on it and the file will be copied to the clipboard.
- Close the explorer and find the Word app. Tap and hold until the menu pops up. On rooted devices,there should be an Explore Data option. Select that and it will take you to the Word app directory.
- In the directory, go to Files, then Data, and finally Fonts. In the open Fonts folder, paste the fontfile. Close everything and launch Word. The new font should now be selectable.
You should take note that rooting your Android device opens up a plethora of new possibilities. There are, of course,safety concerns when leaving the Google Play Store bubble, but with the right precautions, a rooted device will prove quite versatile and useful.
For an iPhone, iPad, or another iOS device, you’ll need access to your iCloud and a specialized app to install anew font. Here’s how that’s done:
- Go to the App Store to download a font installer app. There’s quite a selection to pick from, and anyapp will do the trick.
- Transfer the font file to your iCloud.
- Go to iCloud and locate the file. Tap on it, then tap the three dots icon to open the drop-down menu.Select Export.
- A new menu will show up. Select Open In, and you should see the option to import the font file with thefont installer app you’ve downloaded previously. Tap on that option.
- When the font installer opens, tap the font file to begin the installation. Alternatively, chooseInstall from a menu. Follow any instructions the installer gives you.
This will wrap up the process and, same as with other methods, the new font should appear in the appropriate menu thenext time Word is launched.
Add New Fonts on Linux
Depending on your Linux distribution’s desktop environment, some details and apps might be different from what’s described.However, the overall process will function the same for the majority of users. Here’s how to add new fonts to Word on Linux:
- Download and unpack the font. If you have a GNOME-based Linux, double-clicking the font file will openthe font viewer. There, you’ll find the Install option – click on it and the new font will be installed.
- To install one or more fonts manually, enable hidden files viewing and open the Home directory. Dragthe desired fonts to the .fonts subdirectory. If .fonts doesn’t exist, create a new folder with that name and place the fonts there.
- To make your new fonts register with the system, run the fc-cache command from a terminal. After this,the new fonts will be added and available for use.
Bear in mind that if you’d like to remove some old fonts, you’ll need to run fc-cache after deleting them. Thedeleted fonts will be unregistered from the system and won’t cause any issues.
Making Your Word Count
Depending on your device, adding new fonts to Word will either be a breeze or a more complicated affair. However,now that you know how to add new fonts to Word, whether you’re on a Windows PC, Mac, or mobile device, you can bring more variety to your documents. Withplenty to choose from, different fonts will bring a new flair to your Word documents.
Did you manage to add new fonts to Word on your device successfully? What operating system did you do that on? Tell usin the comments section below.