Add New Fonts in Microsoft Windows 8

The presentation or the looks of the text on-screen or in print can be described and beautified by different types of fonts. Fonts are a collection of alphanumeric characters and symbols. They describe the typography of the text, along with the style, character length, size, spacing and pitch. Each text on screen or in print needs a font to implement typesetting.

Windows 8 includes TrueType and OpenType fonts that are supported by most computers, printers and programs.

  • TrueType Fonts: These fonts are clearly readable in all sizes irrespective of scaling. TrueType Fonts (.TTF) files are supported by all printers and other output devices.
  • OpenType Fonts: These fonts are the same as TrueType fonts, but have some extended character sets like small capitalizations, old-style numerals, and more detailed shapes. Like TrueType fonts, they are also clear and readable in all sizes and can be sent to any printer or other output devices that Windows operating system supports. OpenType fonts are compatible with both MAC and Windows PCs because the key components required to display fonts on both types of machines are merged in the .OpenType Fonts (.OTF) files.

Sometimes when a different type of font is used to create a text file on one computer and is read on another computer, the contents of the file may appear differently. This is due to the unavailability of the font used by the author of the file at its originating PC. In this case the user needs to add the new font to the other computer.

Although Windows 8 ships along with a variety of fonts that are pre-installed, the user may need to add some new fonts for personalization of text. In such cases the user must download new fonts from the Internet, software programs or organizational network in order to make the appearance of text content consistent.

How to Add New Fonts to Microsoft Windows 8?

  1. Log on to Windows 8 computer with administrator account.
  2. On the Start window, click the Desktop icon.
  3. Copy the downloaded font that is to be installed from its location.
  4. On the desktop screen, hover mouse to the bottom right corner of the window.
  5. From the displayed options, click Settings.
  6. On the Settings pane, click Control Panel.
  7. On the opened window, click Appearance and Personalization category.
  8. On the Appearance and Personalization window, click Fonts category.
  9. On the opened Fonts window, right-click anywhere and from the context menu, click Paste to install the copied font.
  10. Close all the opened windows when done.
Author: Vivek Nayyar

Works as Systems Admin in Siskin Technologies, India. Corporate trainer on Microsoft and Cisco platform. Specialized in Virtualization Technology. LAN Consultant for some local organizations.