How to Install, Remove and Hide Fonts in Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

FontsWhen you are looking for something to make a document or presentation more interesting, the solution can sometimes be a new font. Although Windows 7 and 8.1 come with a wide range of fonts, you can find many websites that offer fonts, either free or for purchase which can spruce things up a bit. After you download a font you will have to install it and, when you don't need it any more, you will want to remove it or just hide it. Therefore, in this article, you will learn how to install, remove or hide a font.

How to Install Fonts in Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

First and foremost, in order to install a font, you must have Administrator rights. Also, it is very important that if you have downloaded a font in an archived format like .zip, .rar, etc, you will need to extract it first. Extract it to a location where you can easily access it.

There are two ways to install a font:

The first option is to double-click (double-tap) the font to open it and then press the Install button.

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The second option is to right-click (press and hold) the font and press Install.

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If you open any text editor, you will be able to choose the font that you have just installed from the list of available fonts. Please take under consideration that if you plan to send the document to someone else, they might not be able to see the same font unless they also have it installed on their computer. Just send them to this tutorial if they are having trouble with it.

How to Remove Fonts in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

In order to manage your installed fonts, you need to open the Fonts window. In order to do this, go to the Control Panel and choose Appearance and Personalization.

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Then, choose Fonts. This is the panel where you can organize, preview, delete and hide your fonts.

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To get to the Fonts window, in Windows 7, you can also search for font in the search box from the Start Menu and click the Fonts search result.

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For Windows 8.1, even better, you can simply search for fonts in the Start screen and choose Fonts in the list of search results.

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To uninstall a font, select it and then press the Delete button.

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How to Hide or Unhide Fonts in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

You can also choose not to remove a font, but hide it instead. To do that, select the desired font and click the Hide button. This will grey out the font.

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If you want to show a font that you previously hid, click the font and then the Show button.

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By default, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will hide fonts that are not designed for your keyboard input language settings. For example, if your default language is English, then Arabic, Chinese or Japanese fonts which are not designed for the English language will not be displayed. To change this option, so that these fonts are not hidden anymore from the Fonts window, click or tap Font Settings in the column on the left.

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From the Font Settings panel, deselect the box with "Hide font based on language settings" and press the OK button.

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Conclusion

Now that you know how to add, remove or hide fonts you can go ahead and create great presentations or import funny fonts and use them in your personal documents. If you are having any trouble or if you feel like you just haven't gotten enough information from this article, leave a comment with your questions and we'll be there to help.