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How To Install Fonts In Windows, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD

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.

Install Fonts Windows 10 DaFont Download
Source: DaFont

Method 1

Click on the Search icon in the Windows taskbar.

Install Fonts Windows 10 Search Button
Windows 10 Search

In the search box, type Control Panel. Click on the Control Panel icon.

Install Fonts Windows 10 Search Control Panel
Windows 10 Search Control Panel

In the Control Panel window, click on Appearance and Personalization

Install Fonts Windows 10 Control Panel Appearance
Windows 10 Appearance and Personalization

Click on the Fonts.

Windows 10 Fonts Folder

Here you can find all the fonts installed on your Windows 10 system.

Install Fonts Windows 10 Fonts folder
Windows 10 Fonts folder

To install a new font, drag-and-drop the font saved earlier on your Desktop in the Fonts folder.

Install Fonts Windows 10 Fonts drag-and-drop new font
Windows 10 Install new font

To visualize a font, select the font and double-click on it to open.

Windows 10 Fonts

To remove a font, right-click on the font and select Delete.

Install Fonts Windows 10 Fonts delete fontspng
Windows 10 Delete fonts

Method 2

Another way to install fonts in Windows 10 is to click the Windows Start button and select Settings.

Install Fonts Windows 10 Fonts method 2 settings
Windows 10 Settings

In the Windows Settings, type in the search box Font and select the Font settings option.

Install Fonts Windows 10 Fonts method 2 select fonts
Windows 10 Font settings

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.

Install Fonts Windows 10 Fonts method 2 drag and drop to install
Windows 10 Install new fonts

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.

Install Fonts Windows 10 Fonts method 2 check installed font
Windows 10 Available fonts

To uninstall a font, double-click on the respective font in the Available fonts window and click on the Uninstall button as shown below:

Install Fonts Windows 10 Fonts method 2 uninstall font
Windows 10 Uninstall fonts

Method 3

The easiest way to install a font in Windows 10 is to double-click on the font you downloaded and select Install.

Install Fonts Windows 10 Fonts method 3 direct install
Windows 10 install fonts

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. 

Install Fonts Windows 10 DaFont Download
Source: DaFont

Click on the Search icon on your macOS taskbar and type Font Book.

Install Fonts on macOS search Font Book
macOS Search Font Book

In the Font Book, click the + button on top of the window.

Install Fonts on macOS Font Book Add New
macOS Add New Font

Browse to where you downloaded your font files – usually, your macOS Download folder, select all the fonts your want to install, and click Open.

Install Fonts on macOS Font Select and Open
macOS Install multiple fonts

macOS will proceed to validate and install your fonts in the system. 

Install Fonts on macOS Font Validate
macOS Validate fonts

You can see all your user-installed fonts in the User folder in Font Book.

Install Fonts on macOS Font Users
macOS User fonts

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.

Install Fonts on macOS Font Create Own Font Collection
macOS Customer fonts folder

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. 

Install Fonts on macOS Font Remove
macOS Remove fonts

You can see all the fonts installed in your macOS system by clicking on the All fonts folder.

Install Fonts on macOS All fonts
macOS All fonts

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 macOS manual install
macOS Manual Install Fonts

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. 

Install Fonts Windows 10 DaFont Download
Source: DaFont

Next, please navigate to the location of the .zip file, right-click on it and select Extract Here

Install Fonts in Linux Unpack
Linux Extract Fonts

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. 

Install Fonts in Linux Install
Linux Install fonts

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.

 

Install Fonts Windows 10 DaFont Download
Source: DaFont

By default, the browser will download the file in your FreeBSD Download folder. Right-click on the .zip file and select Extract Here.

Install Fonts in FreeBSD Extract
FreeBSD Extract Fonts

Enter the newly extracted folder, double-click on the font file, and select Install on the top of the newly opened window. 

Install Fonts in FreeBSD install font
FreeBSD Install fonts

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. 

Install Fonts in FreeBSD Fonts Search Installed
FreeBSD Show available fonts

To easily manage your fonts in the FreeBSD system, I recommend installing the Font Manager package for FreeBSD.

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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.
Google Fonts
Source: Google Fonts
  • 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. 
Font Space
Source: Font Space
  • Fontasy contains a collection of over 1000 fonts that you can download and use for free in your system. 
Fontasy
Source: Fontasy
  • 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. 
1001 Free Fonts
Source 1001 Free Fonts
  • 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. 
DaFont
Source: DaFont

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. 

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