The ease with which various elements can be customised has long been one of the main attractions of Windows.
Despite not being officially advertised as features, various under the hood modifications can completely change how your device operates, provided you know what you’re doing.
However, an altogether less complicated procedure is installing new fonts.
It’s much more simple to
swap out the default ‘Segoe UI’ for another of the generic Microsoft fonts, but what if you’d like something completely different?
How to install fonts in Windows 10
Method 1: Microsoft Store
The easiest way to install a new font is to head to the Microsoft Store, an app that is pre-installed on the majority of Windows 10 devices. If not, follow
these instructions on the official Microsoft forum to safely get it back on your PC.
- Head to Settings > Personalisation and click the Fonts tab
- Here, click the blue text saying ‘Get more fonts in Microsoft Store’
- Select the font of your choice and download your
- Once installed, it will appear in the list in the fonts tab
Method 2: Drag and Drop
If the Microsoft Store doesn’t offer what you’re looking for, we’d recommend using the drag and drop method instead.
For this to work, you’ll have to have a .ttf (TrueType) font file downloaded to your device. This is the standard Windows uses, and is readily available online via sites like
Font Squirrel. Just be sure you trust where you’re downloading it from.
- Open the File Explorer and head to Downloads
- Extract the .ttf file from the zip file if necessary, and leave the window open
- Separately, type ‘Control Panel’ in the search bar in the taskbar and click the first result
- Head to Appearance and Personalisation and click ‘Fonts’
- Now, simply drag the .ttf file from the downloads folder into the Control Panel window. You may have to wait for a few seconds for it to install, but then it will be accessible alongside all the generic fonts
If you’re just tired of the default font, see our guide to
how to change the default font on Windows 10. In that article, there’s also information on restoring system fonts back to their default settings.