Monday, January 3, 2011

Fun with fonts - tutorial

Given that Miss Hyena and Miss Pony have recently tackled the font issue, I figured I'd toss my hat into the ring, too.  However, rather than giving you some serious font inspiration, I've decided to help out my fellow DIY/tech-challenged brides with a step-by-step tutorial for how to download and install new fonts. 

(Note: I am using Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007.  I don't know if this is the only or proper way to get fonts into Office, but it works for me!)
(Another note: If I can successfully install new fonts, anyone can.  True story: freshman year of college, I managed to delete Windows from my laptop.  Not a file or two... the entire operating system.  I'm technologically challenged to say the least and even I can handle this little font extravaganza.)

Step 1: Go to and type in "download free font" and you'll get a bunch of different sites.  My personal favorites are and

Step 2: Browse around the websites, looking for fonts that appeal to you.  Most sites have their fonts split into helpful categories, like script, handwritten, famous, modern, etc.

Step 3: Once you find a font you like, click the "download" button for that specific font.  When the download window comes up, I click "Open with Windows Explorer (default)."  From there, you will receive a zipped file that contains a couple different files.


Step 4: Open the new folder you've created, with the zipped files.  Anywhere in the folder box, right-click and select "Extract All" - pay attention to where the extracted files are saved.  I then usually go to the location of the extracted files and cut and paste them into an easier-to-find file location like my "Downloads" folder.

Step 5: Go to your control panel (Start Button --> Control Panel).  Click on "Appearance and Personalization."  From there, click on the "Install or Remove Font" link under the "Font" heading.

Step 6: You'll get a window with all of your fonts.  Right-click on the window (not on a specific font), and select "Install New Font...".  You'll then see a window like this:

Remember in Step 4 how I commented that I typically cut and pasted the newly extracted files into an easy-to-find file?  This is why.  In this window, when you click on the folder that contains your new font files, you will see a sub-folder titled the name of your new font, like my "scriptina" folder.

Step 7: Double-click the "Scriptina" sub-folder, and you'll see this:

Click the "Install" button on the right.  Installing a font takes about 10 seconds on my computer, tops.

Step 8: Go to a Microsoft Office program and your newly-downloaded and -installed font should be there, ready for use!!

Here's a look at my new font:

Did you choose to jazz up your font choices through downloading new fonts?  Any favorite fonts out there?

(all images are personal screenshots.)

1 comment:

  1. I did download a bunch of new fonts when I was working in wedding projects. I had such a hard time deciding on one!

    I am a new follower from WB.