Adding new fonts to Microsoft Word can help you customize and enhance your documents. With the right fonts, you can give your Word documents a more stylish, professional, or creative look.
In this guide, I will walk you through the complete process of finding, downloading, and installing new fonts in Word on both Windows and Mac.
Finding Fonts to Add to Microsoft Word
The first step is to find some new fonts to add. There are many websites where you can download free or paid fonts, such as:
- DaFont – Database of free fonts
- Font Squirrel – Quality commercial-use fonts
- Adobe Fonts – Top fonts by Adobe
- Creative Market – Unique font bundles
When browsing for new fonts, pay attention to:
- Style – Serif, sans-serif, display, handwritten, etc.
- Weight – Light, regular, medium, bold, black, etc.
- Licensing – Commercial/personal use or free for personal use only
Once you’ve found some fonts to try out, it’s time to download and install them.
Downloading Font Files
When you download a new font, it will typically come as a compressed ZIP file containing the font files. Here are the most common font file extensions:
- .ttf – TrueType font
- .otf – OpenType font
- .woff – Web Open Font Format
These are the formats that Microsoft Word supports.
After downloading the ZIP file, extract the font files on your computer. You may need to right-click and select “Extract All” for ZIP files. This will allow you to access the font files for installation.
Adding Fonts to Microsoft Word on Windows
To add fonts to Word on a Windows PC, follow these steps:
- Right-click on the extracted .ttf or .otf font file
- Select “Install” from the menu
- In the confirmation prompt, click “Yes” to install for all users
Alternatively, you can install fonts manually:
- Go to Control Panel > Fonts
- Drag and drop font files into the Fonts or Fonts (TrueType) folder
After installing a font, it will now show up as an available font the next time you open Microsoft Word.
To use the new font:
- Open a Word document
- Select text
- In the Font section, choose your new font from the dropdown menu
Some fonts may require your document to stay on the computer where the font is installed. To ensure wider compatibility, use embedded or web fonts whenever possible.
Adding Fonts to Microsoft Word on Mac
Adding fonts to Word for Mac is also straightforward:
- Double click the downloaded font file
- Click “Install Font” in the font preview screen
- Open Word and find your new font in the Fonts dropdown
Similarly, make sure any custom fonts support embedding to ensure compatibility when sharing Word for Mac documents.
Using New Fonts in Microsoft Word Online
Microsoft Word Online allows you to use custom fonts as long as they are installed on your computer. When using Word Online:
- Install the new font on your computer
- In Word Online, type the name of the font in the font dropdown
- The custom font will appear if it’s available on your system
However, Word Online does not fully support font embedding. So fonts may not appear correctly when other users view the document if they don’t also have that font installed.
Troubleshooting Font Issues in Word
If a font you installed is not showing up or displaying incorrectly in Microsoft Word, try the following troubleshooting tips:
- For Windows, restart your computer after installing new fonts
- Confirm the font installed properly through Control Panel > Fonts
- Check for corrupt fonts and delete/reinstall if needed
- Disable problematic add-ins that may conflict with fonts
Reinstalling, verifying, or removing problem fonts can often resolve font issues in Word.
Get Creative with New Fonts
The right fonts can make your Word documents stand out while improving readability and conveying the right tone.
Follow this guide to seamlessly find, add, and use new fonts to take your Microsoft Word documents to the next level!
Let your creative ideas flow with a more personalized, stylish font collection. Download fresh new fonts today to give your Word documents an upgrade.