How to Download and Install Fonts to Your PC

I have always been a fonts hoarder. I have over 1000 fonts on my computer, and I add more each week! I love the way that choosing just the right font can completely change the feeling of the text, and really drive your point across.

I work on computers all day; between my “day job” and my graphic design business, I spend hours upon hours looking at fonts, downloading and installing them each week. I love sharing my favorites with you, but I realized that you probably don’t spend your life at a computer like I do, and maybe you don’t know how to download those fonts once I share them with you!

I promise, it’s not hard to do!

First you need to choose your fonts. My favorite site for free fonts is There are so many fonts to choose from, it can get overwhelming, but they have lots of categories to help you narrow it down.

Once you’ve selected your font, click the DOWNLOAD button.

Depending on your computer (I have Windows 7), you will need to find the folder the font downloaded to, whatever your default download folder is. Mine will automatically pop up once the file has been downloaded.

Because the files are large, they are downloaded in “zipped” (or compressed) files, and the font file needs to be extracted. (Sounds painful but I assure you it is not!)

In Windows 7, you will see a button at the top of the folder that says “Extract all files.” Alternately, you can right click on the file and select “Extract all.”

Once extracted, another file folder will pop up. At this point, you’re almost finished!

Right click on the font and select “Install.”

And you’re done! You can now use your free fonts to pretty up your pictures, flyers, and more.

Another method would be to “drag and drop” once the files are extracted. You would need to find your fonts folder, by opening up the control panel (start menu > control panel > fonts). Once both folders are open you can drag the font file to the font folder.

Have a MAC? Beth from home Stories A2Z showed us how to install fonts on your MAC here.

How to Install Free Fonts on Your PC
If you have any questions, or have trouble, feel free to leave a comment or email me.



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  1. says

    I’m wondering if you have a system for remembering what fonts you have and what they are called. I have a lot of fonts also and sometimes have trouble finding the one I want to use.

  2. says

    OMG I am SO glad you posted on this. I have never figured out how to get them to load on my computer! (yes, I know, I’m a dork) but anyways, this was good information. Thank you!

    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

  3. says

    Thank you so much for the explinaton on how to download! I was so sad that it wasnt working. I never had to “extract all files” before so thank you thank you thank you! Your work and ideas are amazing!!

  4. says

    Thanks you for sharing this. I want to download fonts but I’m soooooooo nervous about doing it as I had a really bad experience a few months back – I downloaded a font and my computer got the most horrible virus!!! It was out of action for three weeks and took so much time and effort to get rid of it :( Any advice on avoiding this in this future?

  5. says

    I am so excited about using these fonts! I’d like to use one of them on my blog but i’m having a hard time. How do I upload fonts from my computer onto blogger?? Do you know? Any help would be awesome. Thank you!


  6. Christine says

    Thank you so much for your information on downloading fonts. I went to a site you mentioned and used some for home made mother’s day cards. I never knew how to find all these great fonts. Thanks for taking the time from your busy life to share all your fun information with the rest of us!


  7. Leslie Elli says

    Could you tell me if I can then delete the “zip file” once I have installed the font? Or should I get an external drive and just save it to that? Or does it need to stay on the computer in order to use the font. I am sorry – a little technologically deprived!

  8. Kristi says

    After I select the downloaded font it doesn’t show an option to extract the zipped file. What now? I have Windows Vista…maybe that’s the problem?

  9. lniebauer says

    I followed the directions to download and install the fonts, but they are not showing up in Microsoft office. They show up in Microsoft Publisher. Any way to get them in office?

  10. says

    I followed the directions to download and install the fonts, but I’m unable to extract. I see the extract tab on top but it won’t allow to select. BTW, I have windows 8.

    • says

      Hi Teresa, sorry you’re having trouble. I also have Windows 8. When I download the font, I open the folder and the extract tab is there and I can click it. I haven’t had any trouble with this. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

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