In this tutorial, I will explain how to install fonts in Windows, macOS, Linux, and FreeBSD. We’re also going to look at managing the fonts installed in our system and the best places online to find new fonts to install.
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Let’s get to work.
Install Fonts On Windows 10
Installing and managing fonts in Windows 10 is a straightforward process. In this guide, I will cover three methods to install fonts in Windows 10. To follow this guide, head over to the DaFont website, select any free font you like, and download it on your Desktop by clicking on the Download button on the right side of the screen.
Click on the Search icon in the Windows taskbar.
In the search box, type Control Panel. Click on the Control Panel icon.
In the Control Panel window, click on Appearance and Personalization.
Click on the Fonts.
Here you can find all the fonts installed on your Windows 10 system.
To install a new font, drag-and-drop the font saved earlier on your Desktop in the Fonts folder.
To visualize a font, select the font and double-click on it to open.
To remove a font, right-click on the font and select Delete.
Another way to install fonts in Windows 10 is to click the Windows Start button and select Settings.
In the Windows Settings, type in the search box Font and select the Font settings option.
To install a new font, click on the font you downloaded on your Desktop and drag it into the Drag-and-drop to install section.
To check if a font was installed in your system, in the Available fonts search box, type the name of the font you’re looking for.
To uninstall a font, double-click on the respective font in the Available fonts window and click on the Uninstall button as shown below:
The easiest way to install a font in Windows 10 is to double-click on the font you downloaded and select Install.
Though this method is straightforward, you will need to follow either Method 1 or 2 to see all installed fonts in your system or remove an existing one.
Install Fonts On macOS
macOS made it pretty easy to install new fonts in your system. For the sake of this guide, head over to the DaFont website and download any free font you like by clicking the Download button on the right side of the page.
Click on the Search icon on your macOS taskbar and type Font Book.
In the Font Book, click the + button on top of the window.
Browse to where you downloaded your font files – usually, your macOS Download folder, select all the fonts your want to install, and click Open.
macOS will proceed to validate and install your fonts in the system.
You can see all your user-installed fonts in the User folder in Font Book.
If you want to keep your fonts organized, you can create your font collection by clicking on the + button on the bottom-left side of the Font Book window, type a name, and hit the Enter key.
In the Font Book window, remove a font from your system by right-clicking on a font or font family, and select Remove <font name>. Similarly, by right-clicking on a font, you can disable it or remove conflicts.
You can see all the fonts installed in your macOS system by clicking on the All fonts folder.
Alternatively, you can install a new font on macOS by simply double-clicking the file you download and select the Install Font button.
Install Fonts On Linux
To install new fonts in any Linux distribution is again a pretty straightforward process. I will be using Ubuntu 20 in this guide.
For the sake of this guide, head over to the DaFont website and download any free font you like by clicking on the Download button on the right side of the window.
Next, please navigate to the location of the .zip file, right-click on it and select Extract Here.
Now open the newly extracted folder and double-click the font file, and select the Install button on the top of the newly-opened window.
Most Linux distributions come with at least a basic font manager app, but if you want something more advanced, here’s a list of a few font managers I use daily. The links provide installation instructions for Linux as well as other supported operating systems.
Install Fonts on FreeBSD
I am using Gnome Desktop Environment in my FreeBSD machine, and the process of installing new fonts is pretty straightforward. For the sake of this tutorial, head over to the DaFont website and download any free font on your computer by clicking the Download button on the left side of the window.
By default, the browser will download the file in your FreeBSD Download folder. Right-click on the .zip file and select Extract Here.
Enter the newly extracted folder, double-click on the font file, and select Install on the top of the newly opened window.
To see all the available fonts in your FreeBSD system, open the search app (Home key on Gnome Desktop) and type Font in the search box.
To easily manage your fonts in the FreeBSD system, I recommend installing the Font Manager package for FreeBSD.
Free Fonts Websites
Here is a list of websites you can find and download free licensed to use fonts for your projects.
- Google Fonts is a catalog of more than a thousand free licensed font families, an integrated library browser web repository, and APIs for quick CSS and Android font use.
- Font Space is an extensive collection of 76,000 free fonts legally licensed for use in your projects. If you can’t find a font for your taste here, I don’t know where you can.
- Fontasy contains a collection of over 1000 fonts that you can download and use for free in your system.
- 1001 Free Fonts is, in fact, a collection of over 10000 free fonts well-organized in categories so that users can find what they’re looking for quickly.
- DaFont last but not least, my favorite and the one I featured in this guide as well use regularly for my work. DaFont features a massive collection of free fonts and is truly hard to believe you won’t find what you’re looking for here.
By no means is this an exhaustive list. There are way more websites on the Internet where you can find free and paid fonts for your use. Go ahead and explore. If you have any suggestions to include in my list, let me know in the commend section below.
I hope you found this guide useful.