Want to know how to add custom or new fonts in Windows 8?

Looking to have some different and new font choices on your Windows 8 PC other than the typical Arial, Times New Roman or Calibri? Then add custom fonts to your Windows computer! It’s very easy to do, so read on and I’ll show you how!

How to add a new font in Windows 8…

All of the fonts that your computer uses for the various programs and applications are stored in one central location on your computer. If you want to add a new font to your computer so that you can use it in Word or Photoshop, it’s as simple as adding the font file to the central location, and voila, the new font becomes available for use!

New font styles can be sourced from a lot of different places – you may have a designer friend who has emailed you a favorite font of theirs, or you can download new fonts from one of the many websites that sell or share them online.

If you are looking for some new fonts to download, a great resource for this is www.abstractfonts.com They have a huge selection of free fonts you can download in the True Type Font (or .ttf file format) file type as well as great pricing on the ‘for sale’ fonts.

The .ttf file format is one of the most popular file types for fonts, and is the one I suggest you try to look for when searching for fonts.

So wherever you source your new fonts from, the installation will be the same. Just follow along and I’ll show you how it’s done.

To add a new font in Windows 8;

  1. Move your mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen and right-click. A list window will pop-up that should look like the one below. Click on “Control Panel”. (If you are using a touchscreen such as the Dell ST220T, just slide your finger from the right edge of the screen inward, then tap the Settings icon, and then tap “Control Panel”.)
  2. Once the Control Panel window opens, click on “Fonts”.Windows Control Panel Setting Font
  3. Now, you’ll see a window similar to the one below. Simply drag and drop any font file into this window, or right-click in the area where all the font files are listed and select ‘paste’ from the menu to paste your new font file.Windows Control Panel Settings Font Add New Font
  4. Once you have finished pasting your new font file, you may simply close the ‘Fonts’ window.


Your new font will now be available for use by selecting it from the font menu of the program you are typing in. Please note that you may need to exit and re-open the program before your new font will appear in the selection list.


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– By Jim Sabellico