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Transferring Fonts

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Transferring Fonts.

Fonts are a necessary part of any computer system—especially systems that use word processing programs like Microsoft Word. Different systems can have different fonts, depending on what has been installed on each system. At some point you might consider transferring fonts from one system to another.

The important thing to remember is that fonts are stored in files on your computer system. If you want to transfer the fonts to a different system, basically what you need to do is to transfer the font files from one system to the other.

Open Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\Windows\Fonts, and then copy the font files you want from the Fonts folder to a network drive or a thumb drive. Then, on the second computer, drag the font files to the Fonts folder, and Windows will automatically install them.

This tip would not be complete without one word of caution: Most fonts are copyrighted, and should not be transferred from system to system without regard to that copyright. Since most fonts end up on a system when new software is installed or when a special font is purchased and installed, you'll want to check the original documentation that came with the software or font. It should spell out exactly whether you can freely transfer the font from one system to another.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (586) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Transferring Fonts.

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Ali    14 Oct 2014, 11:19
Thanks so much for this post. I was able to add the old Microsoft Word 2007 fonts from my old computer to the new 2013 version on my new computer. (They had gotten rid of them--argh.)

I couldn't transfer them directly from one fonts folder to another, so I moved them out of my fonts file (they were protected) into a desktop folder, and transferred from there.

Thanks so much!

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