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Lesson 3: Windows Font Basics for New Font Users

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Type 1, TrueType, and OpenType font file

Type 1, TrueType, and OpenType font files.

When you install new software that comes with TrueType, Type 1, or OpenType fonts, in most cases it installs along with the software. If you've purchased fonts on CD, they may come with their own installation program or you can use the Install fonts feature of Windows or other font management software. If you download fonts from the Web they often come in compressed archives. Before installing the fonts, you must extract the files from the archive. Most of the time installation works without a hitch, but sometimes you may need to do a little troubleshooting before you can use the fonts you've acquired.

This series of Font FAQs addresses downloading, installation, and troubleshooting issues:

  1. How do I make downloaded fonts show up on my software font list?
    (includes download instructions, how to extract fonts files from archives, and installation of TrueType/OpenType and Type 1 fonts for Windows 3.1 through XP)

  2. My Windows Font Folder is missing the 'Install New Font' command. How do I fix it?

  3. I can't use the fonts I just installed. What's wrong?
    (includes delete/uninstall instructions for fonts)

This lesson is part of a free e-course on Windows Font Basics for New Font Users

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