How to Add New Fonts to Microsoft Word

By | December 5, 2021

Can’t find the font you want to use for your document in Microsoft Word? Install the new fonts you want with these steps.

Don’t worry, you can add and use external fonts easily. You just need to find the font, install it, and then use it in your document.

The steps below show you how to add a new font to Word.

Know This Before Adding New Fonts to Microsoft Word

If you’re going to share your document that uses a new font with someone, the recipient must have your font installed on their computer. If no font is required, the text in the Word document you share will look weird.

Therefore, when you share a document, share the font you just downloaded as well.

Download And Install Fonts On Your Computer

If you don’t already know, Word uses the fonts installed on your computer. It doesn’t have its own font and it relies on your system to provide it with fonts. This means, if you download and add a new font to your computer, you can use it with Word.

If the font is already available, you can install it and it’s ready to go. If you don’t have the font yet, you will need download it first.

Here’s how to download and install fonts on a Windows computer:

  • Close Microsoft Word if it is running on your computer.
  • Go to a website that offers the font you need and download the font to your computer. If you don’t know any of the sites, check out our list of some best free font site.
  • If your font is in a ZIP archive, archive extract it to your desktop.
  • Double click on the extracted font file and it will open in the Font Viewer.
  • Click the button that says Install at the top to install your font. The button will be grayed out when the font is installed. You will need to do the above for each font you want to use in Microsoft Word.

Add And Use Downloaded Fonts In Microsoft Word

After you have installed the fonts on your computer, you can start using the fonts in your Word documents. Your font should already be loaded in this word processor; here is how you use it:

  • Open your document in Microsoft Word.
  • Click tab Home at the top if you haven’t already.
  • Click on the arrow icon next to your current font name to see a list of available fonts.
  • You should find the newly installed font in the list. If you can’t find it, type a font name in the box and Word will narrow the list down for you.
  • Once you’ve selected a font, you can start typing with that font in your document.
  • If you want to use this new font for existing text, simply select the text using your mouse and then select your newly added font from the font menu at the top. Your text will now use the font of your choice.

Set Downloaded Fonts As Default Fonts In Microsoft Word

You don’t have to stick with Word’s default font if you don’t like it. There is actually an option that lets you use any font on your system as the default font in Word. This means you can choose the newly installed font to be the default font in new documents from now on.

You can always revert to the previous default font if you don’t like the new font.

Here’s how to change the default font in Word:

  • When you are on the Word editing screen, click the arrow icon in the section Fonts to see more options for your installed fonts.
  • A box will open with all your fonts listed in it. Select your newly installed font from the Font drop-down menu, select an option from Font styles, set Size your font, and click Set As Default in the below section.
  • Word will ask you if you want to set the font as the default font for only your current document or for all of your documents. Choose the second option that says All documents based on the Normal.dotm template and click OK.
  • From now on, whenever you create a new document in Word, Word will use the font you downloaded as the default font for your document file.

Remove Downloaded Fonts From Microsoft Word

If you’re starting to hate a downloaded font and don’t think you’re going to use it, you can actually remove the font from Microsoft Word. When you do, your font will disappear from the Word font list.

Keep in mind that removing a font from Word removes the font from your computer. You will not be able to use that font in any app once it is uninstalled.

If you still want to continue, here’s how:

  • Press the button Windows and click the gear icon to open Settings.
  • Find and click options Personalization.
  • choose Fonts from the options on the left sidebar.
  • All your installed fonts will appear in the right pane. Click the font you want to remove in this list.
  • A new screen showing your font information will open. Here, click on the button that says Uninstall to remove the selected font from your computer.
  • Click Uninstall again to permanently remove the font from your system.

The font you chose should be gone forever.

Can You Add Fonts in Microsoft Word Online

If you are using the online version of Word, you will be disappointed to learn that you cannot add fonts to Word Online.

While there are several posts on the internet that say you can change the fonts in your online Word documents, the fonts you change are only for your viewing and will disappear after you save or print your document.

Style Your Document With New Fonts In Word

If the default Word fonts don’t suit you, you have the ability to download and use any font you want with this word processor. As long as you can install the font on your system, it can be used in Microsoft Word.