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How to add fonts to Microsoft Word

Want to make your documents look fresh? Try a new font.
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December 23, 2022

Want to change up the look of your documents? Here’s how to add fonts to Microsoft Word.

Read more: How to duplicate a page in Microsoft Word

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On Windows, download the font you want, and extract it if it's in a zip. Next, double-click the font to open it in Font Previewer. Then, click the Install button. Close Font Previewer; if Word is open, close and reopen it.

On a Mac, download the font you want, and extract it if it's in a zip. Next, double-click the font to open it. Then, click the Install Font button. Font Book will open; close it. And if Word is open, close and reopen it.


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How to add fonts to Word on Windows

A screenshot of the Windows font vieiwer shoing the Install button.
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To add fonts to Word on Windows, you need to add them to Windows first. Here’s how:

  1. Download the font you want; extract it if it’s in a zip.
  2. Double-click the font to open it in Font Previewer.
  3. Click the Install button.
  4. Close Font Preview; if Word is open, close and reopen it. The new font should now be available.

The newly installed font will only be available in freshly opened applications. If you want everything to be able to use it, it’s easiest to restart your computer.

Read more: How to undo and redo in Microsoft Word

How to add fonts to Word on a Mac

A screenshot of the Mac installer showing a font to be installed with the Install Font button visible.
Joe Hindy / Android Authority

The process to install a font on macOS is pretty similar to Windows:

  1. Download the font you want; extract it if it’s in a zip.
  2. Double-click the font to open it.
  3. Click on Install Font. This will open the Font Book.
  4. Close Font Book. If Word is open, close and reopen it. The new font should now be available.

The newly installed font will only be available in freshly opened applications. If you want everything to be able to use it, it’s easiest to restart your computer.


Read more: How to create your own font