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TECH TIP:  Free Fonts

 

Do you need just that very special font to spruce up your document?  Here are some of the best FREE font sites on the internet.  Spruce up your documents with some cool fonts.

 

But wait - Before you go filling up your Fonts Folder with 20 million fonts, here are some tips.

 

Download the Font

When you find a font you like at a website, right-click on the link to download the font.  Then select “Save Target As.”  You need to choose the place where you want the font download to – I always download right to the desktop – so choose “Desktop.”  Click on Save, then click on Close.

 

Unzip the Font

Some fonts – probably most fonts – are compressed (sometimes called zipped or stuffed).  If you see a little zipper around the folder which you just downloaded, it means the font is compressed in that folder.  So, you need to unzip the file before you can install the font.  If you have Windows XP, Service Pack 2, you can unzip the file (or folder) by right-clicking on the folder with the zipper and selecting Extract All.  

 

If you don’t have Windows XP, then you need to use a utility program to unzip the file.  Here are 2 good programs - I would suggest using the first one. 

 

Install the Font

After you unzip the font file on your desktop, you need to install the font in your Fonts Folder.  You can do this by dragging the font file into the Fonts Folder which is in the Windows folder which is in the C Drive.  Just open that folder and drag the font on your desktop into it.  That’s it, the font is installed in your Fonts Folder.  Open up Word or some other program and check it out – make sure it is appears in your fonts list.  (It will!)

 

The Best Font Websites - These are my favorite FREE fonts websites.

Simply The Best.  This website has fonts listed by category – just click on a category and you will see all the fonts in that category and how they actually look.  There are lots of neat categories here and fonts.

http://simplythebest.net/fonts/

 

WebPage Publicity – this site has 6500 FREE fonts.  If you can’t find it here, give up!  These fonts are listed alphabetically.

http://www.webpagepublicity.com/free-fonts-w2.html

 

DingBat Depot:  This site has only dingbat fonts.  Dingbat fonts are picture fonts.  There are lots of neat fonts with little pictures – like smiley faces, animals, holidays pictures.  These fonts make your document fun to read.  You can find fonts by category or by alphabetical listing.

http://www.dingbatdepot.com/default.asp

 

Other Good Font Websites

Golden Web – this is a good site.  Tons of FREE fonts here.

http://fonts.goldenweb.it/index_file/l/it/d2/True_Type_Fonts/default.html

 

Masters Tech – this site has Macintosh fonts as well as PC Fonts. 

http://www.masterstech-home.com/The_Library/Font_Samples/FontIndexMain.html

 

Atomic Fonts – Here is a huge selection of FREE fonts

http://www.atomicfonts.com/

 

Office Without Walls – Nice FREE fonts at this site

http://www.officeswithoutwalls.ca/free_fonts.htm

 

So, now you have these 20 million fonts in your fonts folder and you don’t even know which fonts your have anymore – you’re drowning in fonts!  Well, hop over to the website below and download and install this neat little FREE utility.  This program will list all your fonts just the way they actually look – WYSIWYG style – know what that means?  (What You See Is What You Get).  You can then print the list and have a nice little reference booklet of all your fonts.  BEWARE – I printed mine – it took 37 pages (I like fonts!)

http://www.bitstorm.org/fontlist/

 

Want to learn more about fonts – see this Tech Tip.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/techtips/techtip78.htm 

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