Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQs section is designed to provide you the fonts related information. Also below you will find information on how to install fonts on major operating systems.

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How to install downloaded fonts under Windows?

Extract the zip file you have downloaded, make sure you have appropriate privileges on target machine to install the new fonts.

Windows 8/7/Vista

Select the font files (.ttf or .otf) then Right-click > Install

OR

Double-click on a font file to open the font preview and then press 'Install' button.

Windows XP

Go to Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Themes > Fonts

From 'File' menu, select 'Install New Font...'

Browse for the fonts you wish to install (font files you extracted earlier)

Click OK

All Windows versions

Put (copy and paste) the font files (.ttf or .otf) into the Fonts folder, usually C:\Windows\Fonts or C:\WINNT\Fonts

How to install downloaded fonts under Mac OS?

Extract the zip file you have downloaded, make sure you have appropriate privileges on target machine to install the new fonts.

Mac OS X 10.3 or above

Double-click on a font file to open the font preview and then press 'Install Font' button.

All Mac OS X versions

Put (copy and paste) the font files (.ttf or .otf) into /Library/Fonts (for all users)

OR

Put (copy and paste) the font files (.ttf or .otf) into /Users/desired_username/Library/Fonts (for one user)

How to install downloaded fonts under Linux?

Extract the zip file you have downloaded, make sure you have appropriate privileges on target machine to install the new fonts.

Ubuntu (some other Linux distributions also support font-viewer)

Double-click on a font file to open the font in font-viewer window and then press 'Install Font' button.

All Linux versions

Open /home directory

From the menu select View > Show Hidden Files

Check for '.fonts' hidden folder (if its not there, create it with same name)

Put (copy and paste) the font files there.

I installed a font file correctly, but why its not showing up in any program?

  • Make sure you have copied/installed the proper font file (.ttf or .otf), and not the zip file itself
  • Restart the target application after the new font's installation
  • In the worst case, restart the computer (we have seen how often it fixes mysterious problems)

Why the newly installed fonts not showing up in emails/messengers?

Make sure your correspondant has installed that font on his/her computer too, otherwise he/she will see a application or system default font in replacement.

Why some characters are missing in a font?

Some fonts contain limited set of characters, check 'Character Map' section on font's detail page to see what characters are available and how they are mapped.

What is TrueType (.ttf) font format?

TrueType is a digital font technology originally developed by Apple Computer in the late 1980s and has become the most common font format on both the Mac OS and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

TrueType fonts are easier to install, scalable to any size, offer highest possible quality on computer screens and printers and holds the screen and printer data in one file, but a different file is needed for each type-styling i.e. normal, bold, italic, bold italic, etc.

For more information, check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TrueType

What is OpenType (.otf) font format?

OpenType is a more recent and advanced font format first introduced in 1997, it is a joint effort from Adobe and Microsoft as an extension of TrueType font format.

OpenType format fonts are based on Unicode which allows support of multiple languages, smallcaps, alternates, old-style numerals, ligatures and more detailed shapes. OpenType format fonts are cross-platform compatible which makes it easier to use same single font file on both operating systems (Windows or Mac OS).

For more information, check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenType

Font license information and restrictions

All the fonts listed on this website are either freeware (commercial or non-commercial), demo, shareware, testware or on public domain. Please check attached text file (readme) or your desired font's detail page for copyright/license information before using it. If there is no designer/licence details indicated that's because we don't have it, that doesn't mean it's free.

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