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When I download a font, where should I save it on my computer?

Asked by augustlan (46572 points ) July 12th, 2012

Every time I download a beautiful new font, it ends up sitting on my desktop, because I don’t know how to do it properly. As a result, I’ve got many fonts on my computer that I can’t actually use, since I don’t know how to get them into Open Office, either. What am I doing wrong? Can you give me step-by-step instructions? Thanks!

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WestRiverrat's avatar

I created a folder called C:‘FONTS’ for mine that I download them all into.

jrpowell's avatar

Here is how to add them on XP. If I remember correctly that copies them to the right place so you can delete them from where it was downloaded to and they will still be on the computer.

funkdaddy's avatar

Did you get this one figured out?

Are you a PC or Mac girl?

augustlan's avatar

@funkdaddy I’m a PC girl, but I haven’t had a chance to check out @johnpowell‘s link yet. He usually knows what he’s talking about, so I hope I can get it sorted. :)

SomeoneElse's avatar

Obviously @johnpowell is the font of all knowledge.
Good Luck with this scheme – I would be getting in a muddle with this and so stick with what I am given, boring as it all maybe!

taiowa72's avatar

There is nothing wrong with downloading it to your desktop first. Its a good habit to form. Its a hassle yes, but as the other person said, move them into a folder called “fonts” someplace on your computer like in your My Documents folder.

Jeruba's avatar

Find where the fonts you already use are stored and put them there.

augustlan's avatar

Ok, I ended up making a desktop icon for my fonts folder. Then I just dragged the fonts I’d downloaded (which were still sitting on the desktop) over into the fonts folder. Success! Thanks for all the help, everyone!

Jeruba's avatar

And can you access them that way from your word processing program?

If so, I think you must be drawing on two fonts folders somehow. I didn’t know you could do that.

augustlan's avatar

@Jeruba Yes, I made sure that the fonts actually showed up in Open Office. I went to the original fonts folder (under the control panel), and dragged it to my desktop. So it’s just one folder, but it’s accessible from two places now.

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