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Find and download new fonts for Windows XP

Windows XP provides a host of fonts that you can use to enhance your documents both onscreen and in printed form. Here's where you can get even more fonts, many for free.

Windows XP provides a host of fonts that you can use to enhance your documents both onscreen and in printed form. When you install certain applications, you'll find that even more fonts have been added to your operating system. Even so, you may still have a longing for more fonts.

Check out Dafont, which offers a huge repository of fonts available as freeware, shareware, demo versions, or public domain, that you can download and install at will. If you know what you want, you'll appreciate the fact that the fonts are sorted alphabetically, by author, and by themes. If you're just browsing, check out the new fonts and top 100 sections. What makes this site even more intriguing is that you can type in your own text and see what it looks like in any of the available fonts.

Note: This tip applies to both Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional.

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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

22 comments
Sirgwain
Sirgwain

As I understand it, the size of the font folder can slow down your boot-up time. If I'm wrong about this, please let me know. I read an article on one of the better on-line Geek sites and that was one of the topics. The author recommended removing certain fonts that you never use. I tried that and I found no appreciable difference in boot-up time.

laurazee
laurazee

I am on a school network and it won't allow me to install new fonts. I get a message that says the font is in use and can't be installed. Anyone know a way around this? I bought the cd and just want it on one computer in my classroom.

jpenchoff
jpenchoff

Another place for great free fonts is www.GetFontsOnline.com. They have fonts for both Windows and the Mac.

asp925
asp925

Dafont was not very organized. Everything I tried to do to see the top 100, etc. just didn't happen. I hated it, it wasted my time, I will never go back or recommend it to my friend, family or coworkers. Thanks You PS I still love you!!! :)

library assistant
library assistant

I wish more programs did what Corel's Paint Shop Pro does - it allows you to use a font merely by opening the font and minimizing it before going to the text icon. I have literally thousands of fonts on my computer - but unless I plan to use a particular font in a program like Word that can't recognize a font unless it's installed, I don't bother to install it. I file them all in a folder named "FONTS", with alphabetical subfolders. Some of the unique fonts I have, such as dingbats, and vertical fonts get a folder that has that name. I have installed programs like Font Runner, but am going to have to purchase a program that can handle thousands of fonts. I don't have a problem with purchasing fonts if I like them - usually they aren't too expensive or there are many fonts in a more expensive file. I do object to some of the font sellers - PC Crafter, and Lettering Delights to name two - that force you to install the fonts in your windows fonts folder. If their exes allowed you to choose where the font is extracted to, or allowed you to download them as non-installing files, I would purchase more of them. Maybe if programs such as Photoshop and Word didn't rely ONLY on installed font files, sellers would stop requiring them to be installed ONLY in the font folder. Incidently, if you look around, there are a lot of other places to get quality fonts free. There are yahoogroups of people who make fonts and alphas (individual letters as graphics) as a hobby. Many of these people are happy to give away their creations to those who appreciate them. Some of these people eventually become professional in that they sell their fonts. Also, most sites that sell fonts have a few samples that are freebies to get people to look at their sites. Don't forget blogs. If you really want good free fonts, and don't mind wading through many emails, you might join graphics share groups specifically for programs such as Paint Shop Pro, and Photoshop. If you don't see font links shared, ask. People who use these graphics programs use many many fonts. Also do a google/yahoo/msn groups search for fonts. Free quality fonts are around - you just have to look for them. Remember copyright laws and don't use pay fonts you haven't paid for, or share them.

carlos.munawwir
carlos.munawwir

The only problem I find is the difficulty in finding the download button to actually download whatever is anounced. One has to be an expert for that simple push the button? Or maybe I am to dum to be here...is always a possibility. Thanks...great page.

chris
chris

Three things: (1) Whilst Dafont is out of action - at least it is for me - take a look at MyFonts WhatTheFont/ ( http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/ ). Very useful if you need to identify a font and only have an image. Naturally the site has lots of fonts and links as well. (2) I get seriously annoyed by software that installs fonts without saying AND THEN has the cheek to add them to Windows file protection system so you cannot get rid of them (without hacking the Windows Registry - BTDTGTTS) (3) No mention of software to manage all your hundreds of fonts - big oversite on Uncle Bill's bunnies part I feel. Me, I use Typograf ( http://www.neuber.com/typograph/index.html ) Arguably a bit old and cranky in some of what it does. But it offers a good database of all your fonts that is 'offline' so far as Windows is concerned - so no resources taken up. There are other programs like this (Font Fitting Room for example) and they can all load fonts 'temporarily' such that if you forget to unload them, they vanish from Windows at the next reboot. To solve the resulting issue of needing to have them loaded againg you can set up font groups that are easily loaded again. Makes having a huge number of fonts easy on the computer. chris :-)

noorman
noorman

don't forget that with any added fonts comes a slow-down of your system; any apps that use fonts will have to load the lengthened list. So don't exagerate and maybe put some 'unused' standard fonts aside (subfolder or something). That way you could even shorten the list whilst adding some new favourites ! enjoy -;)

lisa2k65
lisa2k65

are the links you mentioned above useful and download-able? because some links out there do not download anything. reply to lisa2k65@yahoo.com please and thank you.

nhiep_nguyen
nhiep_nguyen

Windows are bloated with fonts already, I rather look for a way to quickly re;ove a bunch of unwanted fonts. Do you know of any? Thanks

aberlarper
aberlarper

very simply where should I download the fonts to?

lacrumb
lacrumb

Check out The Font Thing. You can set up as I have, a file called Font Reserve, and use The Font Thing to install and uninstall fonts to and from the Windows Font folder.

AbbyD
AbbyD

I have read that simply installing a large number of fonts will slow down your system using up to 4-6KB of memory for each font. It may not seem like much but it adds up. Does this also apply to every app that displays fonts, too?

hugo.armitage
hugo.armitage

...the recipient of an email or document doesn't have that font installed?

leedh81
leedh81

That's.. I didn't know.

lbindustries1
lbindustries1

You can download the fonts into any folder that you want to. When you want them installed on your system you just copy them in to the fonts folder; located at c:\window\fonts.

john3347
john3347

All one has to do is to create a folder and save as many fonts as they desire in this folder. When they have time and inclination, they can go through both installed and saved fonts and move all of the installed but never used fonts to the saved folder and install whichever ones from the saved folder that they will use.

library assistant
library assistant

if that font isn't installed, the person will see their default font. Same goes for a webpage. If you want someone to see that font, you either have to have it in a graphic or installed.

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