How many fonts can be installed?

Windows is supposed to be able to manage about 1000 fonts. But avoid to install too many fonts at one time because that slows down the system. A lot of programs have to load to memory all installed fonts to be able to run.
So it is better to put fonts you use regularly in the Fonts folder. Keep the rest in any other folder or storage device, so you can install/uninstall them as needed.

Why the fonts don't show up in e-mails / instant messengers?

Your correspondent can only view the fonts installed on his computer. Better avoid to send a email or an instant message (MSN Messenger, etc.) with a non-standard font ; or then make sure your correspondent has installed it too, otherwise he will see a default font.


Nothing is working!

Relaunch the target application after the new font's installation.
Make sure to have copied the .ttf file, and not the zip into the Fonts folder.
In the worst of the cases, reboot your computer.

Can I use freeware fonts for my work?

Freeware fonts can be used commercially or non-commercially without acquiring copyright permission as long as you will not profit from the use of the font.

The author of the font will always retain the copyright, which refers to the reproduction, distribution, alteration and publication of the font.

Detailed copyright information is available for individual fonts in the readme.txt file, or copyright.txt which are included as a part of the zip font file.

If you are still unsure if you can use a font for a particular task the best action would be to contact the author and request the permission. 

Some fonts have additional note, "contains N fonts". What does this mean?

Some font archives (ZIP files) contain more than 1 font file. For example, a font archive may contain an entire family of 3 fonts, the normal, bold and italic styles of the font. Since authors usually request that their font archives be distributed in unmodified form only, Font Paradise cannot separate these fonts. However, they are listed separately in our database (all 3 styles have their own image and description). Also, ActiveFont Installer will automatically install all fonts contained in an archive if there is more than 1 font.

How do I use symbol and dingbat fonts?

In general, symbol fonts are not meant for writing. This is just another format to distribute small vector images you can use in your documents. Since the image is not usually associated with a keyboard letter in a meaningful way, you need a separate program to view images contained in symbol fonts. One of these programs is Character Map that comes with Windows (under Accessories group in Start Menu/Programs (if not present you can install it under Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs > Windows Setup). Windows Character Map can display all images a font contains; you can select a desired image and then you'll see the keyboard shortcut to insert this image into your document. Please note that you need to change your current writing font to the symbol font you would like to insert images from. Most people find the Character Map program that comes with Windows very limited. If you need a better one, try the Font Xplorer program from Moon Software. It includes a character map that is easier to use and is much more powerful.


Some characters are missing!?

Many free fonts contain only limited set of characters and ofter do not contain full set of extended characters (including international) and symbols. Inspect the font in Character Map to see what characters are present and how they are mapped (you see what key you need to press to get a symbol inserted into your document). Also, some fonts may have only upper- or lowercase characters present.

How do I see all the characters in a font?

In Windows, you can use the Character Map tool to view the characters in a font.

To use Character Map:

   1. In Windows operating systems prior to Windows 2000, choose Start > Accessories > Character Map. In Windows 2000 and above, choose Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Character Map
   2. In the Font box, choose a font to view.
   3. Select a character in the chart and click Select. The character is added to the Characters to Copy box.
   4. When you are finished selecting characters, click Copy to copy all the characters you selected.
   5. In your application, use the Paste command to paste the characters into your document. Apply the font to the characters if necessary.

On the Mac OS, use Key Caps.

To use Key Caps:

   1. On the Apple menu, choose Key Caps.
   2. On the Font menu, choose a font to view.
   3. Select the characters by clicking the key with the character on it. Hold down the SHIFT, OPTION, or SHIFT and OPTION keys to view additional characters.
   4. When you are finished selecting characters, you can choose Edit > Copy to copy the characters you selected.
   5. In your application, use the Paste command to paste the characters into your document. Apply the font to the characters if necessary.

The Install feature for some fonts is not available! Why?

Authors of some fonts do not allow us to enable the Install feature for their fonts. You can download and install them manually.

How do I install a font manually?

First, if your fonts are compressed (ZIP files), you need an uncompression program (like WinZip) to get font files out of ZIP files. Extract them to an empty folder of your choice. Then:

   1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
   2. Double-click the Fonts icon.
   3. On the File menu, click Install New Font.
   4. In the "Folders" box, select the folder that contains your font files. It will take a moment to load the font names into "List of Fonts" box.
   5. Click to select the "Copy fonts to Fonts folder" check box.
   6. In the "List of fonts" box, click the font you want. To select all of the available fonts, click Select All. To select several nonadjacent fonts, click the name of one font, and then hold down CTRL and click the name of each additional font. To select several adjacent fonts, click the name of the first font in the sequence, and then hold down SHIFT and click the name of the last font.
   7. After you have selected the fonts you want to install, click the OK button. The fonts will now appear in the Fonts folder.

All of the fonts you installed should be now available to any program.

What is the difference between TrueType, PostScript and OpenType?

Most customers who ask this question want to determine which format they should be purchasing. If this is your situation you should purchase the TrueType version (if it is available) as it is the easiest to work with and easiest to install on your computer and is well-supported by operating systems and programs.

The following descriptions provide a more specific overview of the different font formats.

The PostScript or “Type 1” font format was developed by Adobe in the 1980s, several years before the release of TrueType. The format is based on Adobe’s PostScript printing technology – a programming language that allows for high-resolution output of resizable graphics. PostScript has long been viewed as a reliable choice, particularly for professional designers, publishers and printers.

PostScript fonts consist of two parts, which are both necessary for the font to be properly printed and displayed on screen. With most operating systems, PostScript fonts can be installed simply by being placed in the system’s font folder. However, PC users working on operating systems that predate Windows 2000, need to install the free ATM (Adobe Type Manager) utility in order to use PostScript fonts.

The TrueType format was jointly developed by Apple and Microsoft in the late 80s, several years after the release of the PostScript font format. Many of the fonts included with both the Macintosh and Windows operating systems are TrueType. TrueType fonts contain both the screen and printer font data in a single component, making the fonts easier to install. For this reason, TrueType is a good choice for those who have limited experience working with and installing fonts.

The TrueType format, also allows for “hinting,” a process that improves the on-screen legibility of a font. On, fonts that have been hinted are marked as “ESQ” (Enhanced Screen Quality). ESQ fonts are excellent choices for electronic documents and other settings where lengthy blocks of text will be displayed on screen.

OpenType, a joint effort from Adobe and Microsoft, is the latest font format to be introduced. Like TrueType, OpenType fonts contain both the screen and printer font data in a single component. However, the OpenType format has several exclusive capabilities including support for multiple platforms and expanded character sets. OpenType fonts can be used on either Macintosh or Windows operating systems. Additionally, the OpenType format permits the storage of up to 65,000 characters. This additional space provides type designers with the freedom to include add-ons such as small caps, old style figures, alternate characters and other extras that previously needed to be distributed as separate fonts.

However, not all OpenType fonts contain additional characters. Many fonts have been converted from either PostScript or TrueType formats without expanded character sets to take advantage of the cross-platform functionality benefits of OpenType. Unless clearly stated otherwise, assume that the OpenType font you are purchasing features the traditional character set found in PostScript and TrueType fonts. OpenType fonts that do contain expanded character sets are referred to informally as “OpenType Pro” fonts. Support for OpenType Pro fonts is steadily increasing. Click here for current OpenType system and application support.

Within my applications, I cannot see the bold, bold italic, or italic versions of the font in the font menu, even though I know I installed them. Where are they?

Some designers bundle their fonts in families. Windows limits the number of font styles that can be displayed in a font menu to four per family (regular, bold, italic, etc.). Therefore, font styles that are installed may not display in the font menu. To access these fonts, highlight the text and use the appropriate style keys in the formatting menu (bold, italic, etc.). On rare occasions, Macintosh fonts may also need to be selected using style keys. Please note, if the additional fonts (bold, italic, etc.) have not been installed, the bold and italic style keys will apply “faux bold” or “faux italic” effects, instead of setting the text in the true bold or italic font.

What programs support OpenType fonts?

System Support
As OpenType fonts are a relatively new font format, they are not always backwards-compatible with older operating systems. Major OS and application developers (Apple, Adobe and Microsoft) have made noteable attempts to accomodate users of older applications and operating systems. However, since their software was developed before the advent of OpenType, the available support is limited.

    * OpenType TT: OpenType TT fonts are backwards-compatible with Windows TrueType fonts, and basic Roman support is available anywhere Windows TrueType fonts are supported: Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/NT 4.0/2000/XP and MacOS X. OpenType TT fonts are not supported in any of the MacOS Classic environments (8.x-9.x).

    * OpenType PS: To get basic Roman support for all OpenType PS fonts, users of Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/NT 4.0 will need to install Adobe Type Manager (ATM) 4.1.2 or ATM Lite, while MacOS Classic (8.x-9.x) users will need to install Adobe Type Manager (ATM) 4.6.2 or ATM Lite. ATM Lite can be downloaded free of charge. Microsoft Windows 2000/XP and MacOS X offer basic Roman support of OpenType PS fonts natively and ATM is not required.

Application Support
Though OpenType fonts include multilingual and advanced typographic features, not every application provides access to these features. The chart below shows the three levels of support for OpenType fonts across some of the more popular applications, and below the chart is a description of each level.

Basic Roman Support
Application can display basic Roman scripts which include English and other Western languages. No support for other languages or any advanced typographic features included.

Multilingual SupportMultilingual Support
Application supports Unicode (including subsets), and can display basic Roman script as well as other scripts (Cyrillic, Greek, Japanese etc.). Multilingual support exists, though not extensive. Support for right-to-left scripts or complex scripts such as Arabic, Hebrew or Devanagari is limited.

Advanced Features SupportAdvanced features Support
Application supports Unicode (including its subsets), and allows access to advanced typographic features such as alternates, ligatures or small caps. Click here to learn more about the advanced features found in OpenType fonts.

What does the LT, MT, or EF in my font name stand for?

You may find that some fonts contain the abbreviations LT, MT or EF in the name. These abbreviations represent the name of the foundry and should not be confused with the font weight. For example LT stands for Linotype, MT stands for Monotype, and EF stands for Elsner + Flake.

Older versions of fonts may not contain the abbreviation, as foundries occassionaly add the abbreviation when updating font data. Because fonts are generally updated to resolve issues, we only sell the most current versions of font data available.

What if I installed my font correctly, but it's not available in my applications?

Some applications need to be restarted for changes to take effect. Exit the application and start it up again to see if the fonts are available.

Follow the steps below if you do not see fonts in the Font Menu:

   1. Scan the entire font menu. The font may not be where you expect it to be. For example, Cezanne appears as P22 Cezanne. Also, particularly in Mac OS X, the order may not be strictly alphabetical; some fonts may appear at the end of the font list.
   2. Make sure you have installed the fonts correctly. For Classic, Mac OS 9.x and earlier the font suitcase (and associated PostScript font file if any) must be loose in the Fonts folder. They will not work if they are inside a subfolder.
   3. Close and restart the application. For most applications, if you install a font while it is running, it does not rebuild the font menu to show the new fonts you have added.
   4. Restart the computer. It is amazing how often this fixes mysterious problems.
   5. Check a simple application, such as Text Edit in Mac OS X, or WordPad in Windows. If the font works one of these applications, but not in your primary application, consult the documentation for the primary application. There may be special requirements for font installation.
   6. For OpenType fonts on Mac OS 8.x and 9.x, try using Adobe OTF File Typer to correct the file type and creator codes for files with names ending in “.otf”. The utility is available as a free download from Adobe. This utility does not work in Mac OS X.
   7. In Windows, if you are using Adobe Type Manager and the font does not appear in an Adobe product, such as Adobe Illustrator or Adobe PhotoShop, search your computer for all copies of the file AdobeFnt.lst by following the steps below:
          * Choose Start > Search (or Find depending on your Windows version) > For Files or Folders to launch the Find utility.
          * Delete all copies of the AdobeFnt.lst file. Adobe applications recreate this file when you restart them.

How do I connect the font file names or numbers with the name of the font?

When you look at the font files on your system, you may see some that have names consisting of a combination of letters and numbers, for example, TT121M0.TTF.

Double-click the file to open a character display of the font that shows the name and samples of the font. You can also use a font manager program to display, install, or uninstall fonts.

In Mac OS 10.3.x (Panther), double-click on a font to open it in the Font Book. The Font Book lists the font name and gives you details about the font as well as a sample.

In prior versions of Mac OS, you have to install the font to see its name.

How do I use international fonts in Windows?

Many customers are surprised when they buy a Hebrew or Chinese font only to see regular English characters on the screen when they start typing. To get to the good stuff, you will need to turn on the appropriate language keyboard support in the Windows Control Panel.

The steps below look long and complicated, but don't worry! It’s not as hard as it looks.

Installing Language Support

Note: you may need to have your Windows installation CD handy.

   1. Open the Control Panel from the Start Menu.
   2. Choose Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options.
   3. Choose Add other languages.
   4. Depending on which language you want to use, you may need to turn on one of the checkboxes in the “Supplemental language support” section:
          * use “complex script and right-to-left” for Hebrew, Hindi, Arabic, and Thai
          * use “East Asian” for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean
          * after turning on the checkbox(es) and saying OK to the message window, click the Apply button to install the files from your Windows CD.
          * Click No when prompted to reboot. You don't need to yet.
   5. Click the Details... button in the “Text services and input languages” section.
   6. Click the Add... button in the “Installed services” section.
   7. Select your desired language from the top dropdown list.
   8. Click OK and keep clicking OK on each remaining Control Panel window.
   9. This time, you do need to reboot.

Using international fonts in your applications

Now that you have installed the language support, you should see the “Language Bar” at the bottom of your screen next to the clock area. It says EN for English. To start typing:

   1. Open your favorite application (e.g. MS Word).
   2. Click on the Language Bar (“EN”) and choose your desired language from the list.
   3. In your application, select the font you purchased from MyFonts.
   4. Start typing!

If you need help deciphering the exact method of inputting your particular language in Windows, we recommend a Google search, as we are not experts in exactly how the Windows international keyboards are laid out.

On Windows, I get an error message saying that the font is corrupt. How can I fix it?

You can install a maximum of approximately 800 to 1,000 TrueType fonts in Windows ME, 98, or 95. This is due to a 64K limit on the size of the Registry area that Windows uses to store font names and font file paths.

When your list of fonts is near or over that limit, fonts have been known to disappear, or act in irregular ways.

To resolve this, remove some of your fonts from the Fonts folder, restart your system, and try the font(s) in question again. But do not remove the following fonts from the Fonts folder:

    * Arial
    * Courier New
    * Lucida
    * Symbol
    * Tahoma
    * Times New Roman
    * WingDings

This error may also occur because of a print driver error. To resolve this, re-select your printer from within your application.

You can also upgrade to Windows XP, which has a large enough limit that you should no longer see this problem.

In Windows, fonts do not install, or the Install Fonts option is missing in the Fonts folder. What do I do?

If the Fonts folder loses its System attribute, the “Install New Font” option disappears from the File menu, and you cannot add new fonts. Microsoft describes this problem and the solutions in Article ID: Q133725. You can see the solution to this problem on this Microsoft Support page.

What are AFM and INF files?

AFM files contain Adobe font metrics information. INF files contain other font information. Your font files may include AFM or INF files for the fonts. However, unless your application tells you that you need the AFM or INF files, you can ignore them.

What are font suitcases?

On Mac Systems prior to Mac OS X, bitmap fonts and TrueType fonts travel inside suitcases.

Suitcases can contain either:

   1. a collection of bitmaps for a particular PostScript Type 1 font family
   2. individual fonts, such as regular, italic, bold, and bold italic, of a particular TrueType font family (and sometimes bitmaps as well for that TrueType family)

To determine whether a suitcase contains bitmaps or TrueType fonts, open the suitcase and look at the icons inside. The other clue is that TrueType fonts are noticeably larger than bitmaps.

Always leave fonts stored inside suitcases. Although you can remove a font from a suitcase, it may not work properly outside the suitcase.

On Mac OS X where fonts are organized quite differently, suitcases look more like ordinary files, the contents of which can no longer be viewed and identified in the Finder. However, the term, Font Suitcase, continues to be seen when fonts are viewed as List.

Some font foundries use their own custom icons for bitmap suitcases, PostScript font files, and TrueType font suitcases. The foundries may even use custom icons for the folders containing the font files. We recommend viewing font folders in list view to make it easier to tell the difference between folders and files.

What if I get a PostScript printer error when I try to print Mac OS document formatted with three or more fonts?

The printer may not have enough memory (RAM) to support a print job containing three or more fonts. Try simplifying your page layout, or adding more memory to your printer. You can also try the following:

   1. Open the Page Setup dialog box. In most applications, this is a choice on the File menu.
   2. Choose PostScript Options.
   3. Select the Unlimited Downloaded Fonts in a Document check box.
   4. Click OK to close the dialog box.

Using this option may increase the time it takes to print a document.

What is a standard license?

All fonts are tied to a standard license. This is the license agreement, written by the foundry that makes the font, which you accept on the Accept License page on the Checkout page, just before you pay for the font. A typical standard license covers the font for use by between 1 and 5 users.

 What are font licenses?

Each foundry has its own license. You will be asked to read and accept the terms of the license agreement when you check out and purchase a font. Please read the license agreement carefully.

All licenses allow unlimited use of alphabetic fonts. There may, however, be restrictions on using characters from symbol and picture fonts as logos. No license allows you to give the font to a third party. If you need to include a font in your product, contact the vendor (font foundry or typeface designer) for an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) license.

My fonts look rough and jagged. How do I fix them?

Check the format of the font. To clearly display and print PostScript Type 1 fonts in Windows Me/98/95 or the Mac OS at all sizes, you must have Adobe Type Manager installed. To install PostScript Type 1 fonts in Windows Me/98/95, Windows NT, or Mac OS, you need to use Adobe Type Manager (ATM), ATM Deluxe, or ATM Light. You can download ATM Light free from the Adobe website. If you are running Windows XP or Windows 2000, you do not need to install ATM since it is part of the operating system already.

You can install a Type 1 font in Mac OS, and the system may not display any warning messages. However, at certain sizes the font may appear jagged, with blocky edges like the font is made out of bricks. In some cases, a PostScript Type 1 font may not display at all unless you install Adobe Type Manager.

To clearly display TrueType fonts, you must have font smoothing turned on.

To turn on font smoothing in Windows:

    * Choose Start > Settings > Control Panel.
    * Double-click the Display icon.
    * Click the Effects tab.
    * Make sure that Smooth edges of screen fonts is checked.
    * Click OK.

To turn on font smoothing in Mac OS:

   1. Choose Apple Menu > Control Panels > Appearance.
   2. Click the Fonts tab.
   3. Make sure that Smooth all fonts on screen is checked.

What if fonts do not appear in a document when I copy it to another computer?

The other computer may not have the fonts installed. Install the fonts on the other computer or send the document with fonts embedded.

Consult your font licensing agreement to make sure that you can embed these fonts.

What does it mean to embed a font?

In order to ensure that others who view your documents see the fonts you chose, you must embed the font in the document. Most applications that support document creation have a feature to do this. For example, when creating an Adobe PDF, you would do this on the Fonts tab of the Job Options window.

What if I embedded TrueType fonts in a document with Microsoft Word for Office 97, and when I open the document on another computer, the fonts appear in the wrong font style (bold, italic, or bold italic)?

This happens to any fonts embedded in a document using Word 97 if the font set exists as separate font files for each weight and style or not all weights and styles for the font are used in the document. You can use the following suggestions to work around this unexpected behavior.

On the system you use to create the document and embed the fonts (the “Sending” system)

    * Perform the steps below:
         1. Save the document without embedding the fonts. On the Save As dialog box, click Options, and clear the Embed TrueType Fonts check box.
         2. Remove the bold, italic, and bold italic fonts from the Windows Fonts folder leaving only the regular weight of the font.
         3. Save the document again with the Embed TrueType Fonts check box selected.
    * Use Word for Office 95, Word for Office 98, Word for Office 2000 or XP, or a different word processor to embed the fonts in the document.
    * Save the document as a PDF using Adobe Acrobat, with the Embed Fonts option selected. The Adobe PDF format is a Web standard. It requires a free reader program to view the document. This reader is a common plug-in for most Web browsers. Consult your font license agreement before you embed a font into a PDF. Some foundaries may have restrictions on redistribution, which may prevent the font from being embedded.
    * Do not embed the fonts in the document at all. If you regularly transfer documents to the same people, have them buy and install the fonts on their own systems. If you are transferring documents within the same company, you can purchase site licenses for the fonts.

On the system that opens the document with the embedded fonts (the “Receiving” system)

    * Open the document in another word processor that supports font embedding.
    * Buy and install the fonts used in the document.
    * If using the Adobe PDF format, install Adobe Reader or the Adobe Reader plug-in to your Web browser to view PDF formatted files.

How to install a font under Windows?

Unzip the files you have downloaded.

Details : Click on the "Download" button, save the zip somewhere on your hard disk, go to the place where it is saved, double-click on the zip to open it, then either click on "Extraxt all files" or drag and drop the files elsewhere from the zip window (hold down the CTRL key to select several files at once)
For the 20th century versions of Windows you must install an unzip tool first.

    * Under Windows Vista :
      Select the font files (.ttf, .otf or .fon) then Right-click > Install

    * Under any version of Windows :
      Place the font files (.ttf, .otf or .fon) into the Fonts folder, usually C:\Windows\Fonts or C:\WINNT\Fonts
      (can be reached as well by the Start Menu > Control Panel > Appearance and Themes > Fonts).

      Note that with the internal unzip tool of Windows (unlike Winzip), you cannot install a font by a simple drag and drop of the .ttf from the zip window to the Fonts window. You must first drag and drop it anywhere (for example on the desktop) then in the Fonts folder.
      You can also go through : File > Install a new font... in the Fonts folder menu then browse the fonts, instead of drag and drop the fonts into the window. Although this method is laborious, it would seem that it functions better in certain cases.

Tip : if you punctually need a font, you don't need to install it. Just double-click on the .ttf file, and while the preview window is opened you can use it in most of the programs you'll launch (apart from a few exceptions like OpenOffice).

 How to install a font under Mac OS?

Mac OS X recognizes TrueType and OpenType fonts (.ttf and .otf) but not the PC bitmap fonts (.fon).
Files are compressed, you may need an utility like Stuffit Expander.

    * Under Mac OS X 10.3 or above (including the FontBook) :
      Double-click the font file > "Install font" button at the bottom of the preview.
    * Under any version of Mac OS X :
      Put the files into /Library/Fonts (for all users),
      or into /Users/Your_username/Library/Fonts (for you only).
    * Under Mac OS 9 or earlier :
      The old Mac fonts are not supported anymore at dafont. First, you have to convert the font files (.ttf or .otf) you have downloaded.
      Then drag the fonts suitcases into the System folder. The system will propose you to add them to the Fonts folder.

 How to install a font under Linux?

Copy the font files (.ttf or .otf) to fonts:/// in the File manager.

How to use a new font with a software?

It is sometimes necessary to relaunch the current application to be able to use the new font.
Then you may proceed as usual, the font will appear in your software's font combo-box (word processing, drawing etc.).