How to Download and Change Default Fonts in Microsoft Word

How to Download and Change Default Fonts in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Office Suite is the most popular productivity suite in the world. Among them, Microsoft Word is probably most of the most used office applications. And there are several factors to this. The software is full of features, offers hundreds of templates for productivity tasks, creating reports, CVs, etc. It is available on all platforms. In addition to that, you can customize the Word document with dozens of fonts. If that’s not enough, you can also download fonts, install them in Office applications, and set them as default on software like Microsoft Word.

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Change the fonts in Microsoft Word in Windows 10

Using a custom font can improve the appeal of the document. People also opt for custom fonts when some of their favorite fonts are missing from the Microsoft Word font gallery. The good news is that there are many ways to download them from the Microsoft Store and the Web.

In this article, we will explain how to download custom fonts for Microsoft Word, install them and set them as the default font in the software. Let’s start.

Download new fonts from the Microsoft Store

As mentioned earlier, there are two easy ways to download new fonts to Windows 10. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Press the Windows button, search for Settings and dive into the Windows Settings menu.

2nd step: Go to the Personalization> Fonts menu.

Step 3: Here you will find the list of fonts available with an option – Get more fonts in the Microsoft Store.

Get the fonts from the store

Step 4: The Microsoft Store offers a slim collection of free and paid fonts. Select the one you liked and click on the “Get” button.

Font family in the ms store

For example, in the screenshot above, I installed Convection fonts originally designed for the Microsoft Xbox entertainment system. I have an Xbox lying around, so the fonts would bring consistency among Microsoft services to me.

Install the fonts of the store

Having trouble installing fonts from the Microsoft store? Refer to our Microsoft Store troubleshooting guide when you click install but nothing happens.

Download custom fonts from the web

The Microsoft Store font collection is grim compared to what you can get on the web. The web is full of custom fonts for your style and style. I mainly refer to the Google Fonts website to download and install custom fonts. Follow the steps below to download and install them from the web.

Download Google fonts

2nd step: Select the appropriate font and press the download family button in the upper right corner.

Step 3: It will download a zip file to your device.

Step 4: Go to the download location and decompress the file using the WinRAR ZIP Archiver tool. It’s an integrated Windows system.

Unzip the files

Step 5: Open the unzipped folder and you will find the full font family.

Step 6: This is the TrueType (.ttf) file type. Open any file you want to install and the system will preview what this font will look like in different sizes.

Font family

Step 7: Select the Install button and it will install the fonts in no time. Users do not need to restart or update a program to make it available.

Install new fonts

Install new fonts from the Windows settings menu

With the May 10, 2019 Windows 10 update, Microsoft added an option to install new ones from the Windows Settings menu.

Step 1: Open the Settings app in Windows and go to Personalization> Fonts.

2nd step: You will find the “Drag and drop to install” option at the top.

Drag and drop the file in the settings

Step 3: Go back to the font files located in File Manager and simply drag and drop them to the mentioned menu.

Once the steps are completed, the fonts will be available in all MS Office applications.

How to change the default fonts in Microsoft Word

After installing new fonts in Office applications, you may want to replace the default “Calibri” fonts with the newly added ones. The process is fairly straightforward.

Step 1: Open all Word documents and open the formatting bar at the top.

2nd step: Tap the small arrow to open the advanced format bar.

Advanced font menu

Step 3: Select the new fonts, size and press the Set Default button at the bottom.

Change the font menu

Microsoft Word will now use the selected fonts and size as the default font.

How to uninstall fonts in Microsoft Word

When you install dozens of new fonts in Office applications, it can get complicated to keep up with them. The long list of fonts in Microsoft Word also makes it difficult to navigate the software’s font menu. This is why it is always advisable to uninstall these fonts when you no longer use them. Follow the steps below to uninstall the fonts in Microsoft Word and other Office applications.

Step 1: Open the Settings app in Windows.

2nd step: Go to the Personalization> Fonts menu.

Search fonts

Step 3: You will see the list of fonts installed on the device. Use the search bar to find a font you want to uninstall.

Uninstall fonts

Step 4: Find that font, click on it, and select uninstall from the next menu.

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I like the flexibility that Microsoft Word offers you with fonts. You can search the web for fonts, install them, and use them to enhance the appeal of the document. Once the job is finished, it is still possible to uninstall the system settings.


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Last updated Jul 7, 2020

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