Installing (and removing) fonts: Windows

Certain fonts should never be moved, copied, deleted, or perhaps even thought about after the sun goes down. These fonts are critical for the performance of the operating system or a specific program. They can generally be recognized by location (in a hidden folder in Windows, or a folder named Required) or by an exceptionally cryptic filename with underscores and numbers. When in doubt, err on the side of caution.

It's a family affair

Generally, folks toss off the term font incorrectly. To be precise, you should usually use the term font family. For example, Times is a font family. Arial is a font family. Myriad Pro is a font family. Comparatively, Times New Roman Bold 24 pt is a font, and Minion Pro Semibold Italic 24 pt is a font.

When does it actually matter? Well, you might want to recognize the difference when shopping for collections of fonts or perhaps for a laser printer. One collection (or printer) might advertise 2,500 Fonts! while another offers only 100. You can be pretty sure that one is referring to fonts and the other to font families. But when you're just chatting, saying font is perfectly fine — now that we all understand the difference.

After you copy or download (and decompress, if necessary) your new font file, quit all programs that use fonts (including Photoshop). Choose StartO Control Panel and then double-click Fonts in the Control Panel window to access the Fonts dialog box. On the File menu, choose Install New Font. In the Add Fonts dialog box, shown in Figure 13-26, navigate to and select your new font file or files, and then click OK. The font is added to the Fonts folder and made available to all font-using programs.

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Figure 13-26: The three selected fonts are copied from their CD to the Fonts folder.

To remove one or more fonts, open the Fonts dialog box from the Control Panel, select the font(s), and choose Delete from the File menu. As when you add a new font, close all font-using software before deleting fonts.

When you're in the Fonts folder, take a look at the View menu. Try the List Fonts by Similarity option. Select a font and watch how Windows rearranges the content of the font list to show you which fonts are closest in appearance (and which are extremely different, too). Oh, and by the way, you can doubleclick any font in the list to open a preview of the font, which you can print to create your own font book.

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