HOWTO: Manually Install Fonts on Windows

Morovia business fontware products normal include installers to copy and register font automatically for the user. Using the installers we provided to install fonts is highly recommended and in fact the only way to get all component installed on the computer. However, under some circumstances it is desirable to add font to the system manually, and this article describes how.

System Requirements

  • True Type Fonts: all versions of 32-bit Windows, including Windows 95, 98, 2000 and above.

  • Postscript Fonts: Windows 2000 and above (without ATM), Windows 98 and above (with ATM).

In order for the font to be registered with the system, typically a reboot is required, which is especially necessary for systems running Windows prior to Windows 2000.


Installing fonts to the system requires system administrator privilege. On windows 2000 and XP, you need to log on as an Administrator to accomplish the task.

Installing True Type Fonts on Windows

True type fonts are recommended for systems running on Windows. Follow the steps below:

  1. Click the Start button on the Task Bar. Select Settings | Control Panel. For systems running Windows XP, select Start | Control Panel.

  2. Double click the Font applet to pop up the font folder.

  3. From the File menu, select Install New Font.

  4. On the Add Fonts dialog, use Drives and Folders to navigate to the folder where the fonts are located.

    From the Drives list, select the disk drive and the folder the fonts will be copied to. Note - if the fonts are packaged in a ZIP file, extract all font files to a regular folder first.

  5. Select the fonts to install. To select more than one font, hold down the CTRL key while clicking on each font name.

  6. If installing the fonts from CD-ROM, check the Copy fonts to the Fonts folder option.

  7. Click OK to dismiss the Add Fonts dialog. The fonts are now ready to use.

Figure 1. Add Font Dialog

Add Font Dialog

Installing Postscript Fonts on Windows 2000 or above

Windows 2000 and later versions have the Postscript font support built-in - i.e. no third party tools are required in order for the system to use PostScript fonts.

The installing process is identical to the true type font installation. See the True Type Font Installation Process for details.

Installing Postscript fonts on Windows 95/98/ME or Windows NT

Adobe offers an product called ATM (Adobe Type Manager) which enables Windows applications to use PostScript® type 1 fonts on Windows 95, 98, ME and NT platforms. Th light version is available free to download on Adobe web site. See Adobe documentation for the details of installing fonts through ATM.