Change your font settings

You can choose which fonts appear in your programs and how you want fonts to be installed on your computer. For more information about fonts, see Fonts: frequently asked questions. For information about installing and deleting fonts, see Install or delete fonts.

Note

  • These settings might not apply to all of your programs.

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To see only the fonts that will work with your language settings

Windows can hide fonts, based on your input language settings, in programs that allow you to select a font. You can let Windows show and hide fonts automatically, or you can choose to see all of the fonts installed on your computer in your programs. For information about input language settings, see Add or change an input language.

  1. Open Fonts by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Fonts.

  2. In the left pane, click Font settings.

  3. Make sure that the Hide fonts based on language settings check box is selected. If it's not, select it, and then click OK.

    Tip

    • To see all installed fonts in your programs, clear the Hide fonts based on language settings check box, and then click OK.

To show and hide fonts manually

You can also show or hide fonts individually by using the Show and Hide buttons.

  1. Open Fonts by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Fonts.

  2. Select a font, and then click Show or Hide.

To restore the default font settings

You can remove any changes that you've made to your display settings.

  1. Open Fonts by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Fonts.

  2. In the left pane, click Font settings.

  3. Click Restore default font settings.

Note

  • This also removes all manual changes that you've made to your display settings.

To install font files using a shortcut

To save space on your computer, you can allow fonts to be installed using a shortcut instead of installing a copy of the font file each time.

  1. Open Fonts by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Fonts.

  2. In the left pane, click Font settings.

  3. Select the Allow fonts to be installed using a shortcut (advanced) check box, and then click OK.

    Note

    • If a font file becomes unavailable or if you can't connect to the location of the file, you might not be able to use the font.