How to manage your fonts in Windows

You may have an army of fonts on your Windows PC that you can use to spice up your documents, presentations, and other files. But how do you know what fonts are available, how they will appear, and how to get new ones?

With Windows 10 and 11, Microsoft offers several tools that can help. Using the Fonts program in Control Panel, you can see which fonts are installed, view a preview of each, and print them. And with the Fonts tool accessible under Settings, you can view your fonts and add new ones by dragging and dropping them. The Control Panel applet and Settings tool appear and work the same way in Windows 10 and Windows 11. Let’s check both options.


View installed fonts

In Windows 10 or 11, type control Board in the search field and select it from the results. Using the Icons view control panel, click the Fonts icon. Windows displays all installed fonts.


Font preview

Select a specific single font (ie a font represented by a single page) and click Preview, or double-click the font. (You can also right-click on the font and select Preview.) Font Viewer shows you what the font will look like in a variety of sizes. You can print the content in the Font Viewer window if you want a printout of this font.

Font preview


Preview font groups

If the font is a family (ie a font represented by multiple pages), double-clicking opens a page showing each family member. You can then preview each font individually. If you select a preview of a font set, multiple viewers will open to display the font with different attributes, such as normal, bold, italic, and bold italic.

For font families that require more than a few viewer screens, Windows first asks if you want to open them all. You then have to close each individual preview window.

Preview font groups


Hide Fonts

You can hide a font that you don’t want to see or use when working with certain programs and applications. However, this trick does not work across the board. Hiding fonts across the Fonts screen makes them invisible to some built-in apps like WordPad and Notepad. But applications like Microsoft Office create their own font lists, so hiding fonts through the Control Panel has no effect on them.

To hide a line, right-click on it and select Hide from the popup menu. You can also hide all fonts not designed for your language settings automatically. To do this, click on the link for Font settings on the left sidebar. In the Font Settings window, check the box for Hide fonts based on language settings. Click OK.

Hide Fonts


Uninstall fonts

You can uninstall some fonts if you are sure you will never use them. However, this does not work with all fonts. You cannot delete built-in Windows fonts because they are protected. If you try to remove such a font, Windows stops you. You can delete unprotected fonts, including fonts added by programs such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite. To delete an unprotected font, right-click on it and select Delete from the popup menu.

Uninstall fonts


Backup fonts

Before deleting a font, you may want to back it up in case you need it in the future. To do this, create a backup folder. Right-click on the font (or font family) and select Copy. Paste the font into the backup folder. You can now delete the line.

Backup fonts


Reinstall fonts

If you need the font again, right-click on it in the backup folder and select Install.

Reinstall fonts

The Fonts applet in the Control Panel provides more features and commands. In the left pane, click on the font settings link. You can choose to hide fonts that are not in your default language and install a font shortcut in place of the actual font to save disk space.

Font settings

Click the link for Set ClearType text To see if you can improve the display of ClearType fonts on your screen.

Set ClearType text

Click the link for I’m looking for a character Displays a window of special characters that you can insert into another document or file.

I'm looking for a character

Click the link for Download fonts for all languages If you work in multiple languages ​​in Windows and want to have fonts for all of them. Be aware, however, that all of these fonts will take up a fair amount of disk space on your computer.

Download fonts for all languages

Before you leave the Fonts applet in Control Panel, learn more about fonts and how Microsoft implements them in Windows. Click the link for Get more font information online in the left pane to view a Web page on Microsoft Typography.

Get more font information online


With Windows 10 and 11, you may prefer to use the Fonts tool in Settings. go to Settings > Personalization > Fonts. Windows already displays all of your fonts in preview mode.

Fonts Tool


View font details

To find out more details about a particular font, click on it. Windows displays the font with different attributes. Move the slider left or right to see the font in different sizes.

View font details


Custom preview

You can also type a specific word or phrase into the preview font window to see how it looks.

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Custom preview


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You can remove an unprotected font from here as well. On the details screen for a particular font, click the “Uninstall” button. Windows asks you to confirm that you want to permanently uninstall the font. Click Uninstall. Again, you may want to copy the font to the backup folder through Control Panel first before removing it.

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Add Fonts

You can add more fonts to Windows. From the main Fonts screen, click the link for more fonts in the Microsoft Store.

Add Fonts


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The Microsoft Store displays all available fonts. Most fonts are free; Some cost a small fee. Select the font you want to add.

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Get a new line

In the Font window, click the Install button.

Get a new line


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Click the Open button to see the installed font.

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Show new line

The Font Tool opens. Scroll down the screen to view the font you just installed.

Show new line


Drag and drop the line

Finally, you can install a font by dragging and dropping it. This is useful if you have backed up and deleted an unprotected font and now want to reinstall it. You can also use drag and drop to pin a font you’ve downloaded from the web. Many websites offer both free and paid fonts.

To install a font using drag and drop, open File Explorer and search for a TrueType (TTF) file. Drag the file to the part of the Font screen that reads Drag and Drop to Install. Release the font when you see a copy icon, and the font is installed.

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