Dotted Letter Fonts

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 7, 2015)

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If you teach a classroom of budding young scholars, you realize that the first steps on lifelong learning involve the fine skill of reading and writing. One way to help young children learn how to write is to work with individual letters. A common method of teaching the individual letters is to provide practice pages that have the letters formed with a series of dots or dashes. The children can then follow the dashes or connect the dots to create the letters themselves.

If you need to create such practice pages, then finding a font that will do the dotted or dashed letters is important. Fortunately, there are many sources from which you can find such fonts. The following are just a few of the Web sites from which you can download the font for free:

  • http://www.tooter4kids.com/Preschool/teaching_your_child_to_write.htm#Fonts1
  • http://desktoppub.about.com/od/fonts/p/tracefont.htm
  • http://www.bvfonts.com/fonts/fonts.php?show=free&by=date

If the above fonts aren't exactly what you want, you might also check out some specialty fonts or fonts that emulate old dot-matrix printers. There are more dots that make up the letters, and they are closer together. Here are a few places to look:

  • http://www.free-fonts.com/matrix_fonts.html
  • http://www.myfonts.com/browse/keyword/dot/

If you don't mind paying a few dollars, you can also find fonts like this at the following Web sites:

  • http://kidsfonts.mivox.com
  • http://www.fontmenu.com/site/_BlockLetters.html
  • http://www.fonts4teachers.com
  • http://www.netrover.com/~kingskid/Print_Fonts/font.htm

Make sure you take the time to look around and determine which font will work best for your needs. All of the fonts are slightly different, and will therefore produce different results.

You can even take your efforts a step further, and find places on the Web where the practice pages are already put together for you. Here are just a few of the many places where you can find such resources:

  • http://www.handwritingforkids.com/handwrite/cursive.htm
  • http://www.internet4classrooms.com/kplus_writing.htm

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2017-07-07 01:52:13

Tony

Hi Allen,

Thanks for this tip. I came upon your website while inquiring about software that would easily enable me draw the traced letters separately. I plan to use the letters to form various words (rather than have the kids only write A, B, C, D, ...etc.). So I want to draw/trace the 52 alphabets (small and large case) separately, and then select the letters individually to form words.

Please do you have any idea of a software/program that can do that?

Sincere thanks,

Tony


2016-12-14 10:15:56

bob

This is totaly unhelpful. they all cost money


2016-10-24 12:16:19

Habib

Thanks Parthenon,
I've used your the info you gave and it worked. Thanks a lot


2016-08-12 10:46:24

April Cottreau

Why can't the list of fonts in word just include a couple of dotted letter fonts? Maybe that was one improvement with Windows 10. I like my current version, so haven't switched.


2016-01-09 12:17:00

parth

1.type dotted font in google search.

2 download fonts and copy the fonts
3 open control panel go to fonts
4 paste the fonts
5 when using word or excel just use the fonts from drop down menu

as simple as that


2016-01-09 12:15:29

parth

1.type dotted font in google search.

2 download fonts and copy the fonts
3 open control panel go to fonts
4 copy the fonts
5 when using word or excel just use the fonts from drop down menu

as simple as that


2015-12-27 14:08:01

abdi

thanks


2015-09-29 14:38:15

Charissa Jacobson

Hello,

I tried to follow your instructions but it does not work. I'm using Windows 7. Any fix?

Thank you,
~ Charissa


2015-09-10 23:48:32

Burger

I'm looking for a font that is dashed lettering, on penmenship lines, with a starting dot for the student to know where to start writing the alphabet. Anyone can help me with this?


2015-07-08 07:03:46

Paul Owusu junior

How to enter dotted texts in ms word.2010


2015-06-23 10:28:34

manoj kumar

how to make dotted letters in excel or word


2015-04-20 13:59:37

Ornella

Please can u help me... i use the dotted alphabets but when i print it does print.
Can anyone help me thanks


2015-02-07 01:21:19

Ann

Thank you for this website and thank you very much Sam for the information how to install the font. This is really excellent. Now, I can give tracing activities to my children.


2014-12-20 03:34:29

kixy

hay guys its awesome because you can teach younger kids like how to trace over dotted letters and i think for teaching assistants that so helps.so say starting with the alphabet trace over these letters and tell me whats the words i wrote.i think its harder for children aged about 3 to 6 to understand what each capital letter represents so like basic phonics and english set tasks children doing this will struggle if they have learnt fully to do it dotted then they will proberly be more used to the way each letter is shaped so they dont no longer need dotted to trace but just using there memorys they can remeber the shape of each letter.


2014-12-13 05:48:34

Amit Kumar

Dear Sir,
I want some hindi dotted trace font for kids.


2014-12-09 01:16:25

Dennis

So I tried this link: http://desktoppub.about.com/od/fonts/p/tracefont.htm

it is awesome!!
1. you just download the version you want
2. install open word
3. write trace in front and make what ever you want
4. if you use it for school use please contribute the guy he deserve it since hes not as lazy as you :P


2014-12-01 18:15:39

JB Koirala

Thank u very much. So useful tips. I found what i needed.


2014-09-09 03:11:13

DANISH ALI

I WANT DOTTED ALPHABETS


2014-07-19 18:36:14

Husnain

please provide me software to write alphabets in dotted letters for kids


2014-06-23 19:10:42

Sam

Martin and tsheringtdor, if you haven't figured out how to do it yet, all you have to do is download the zip file, go to control panel, find Fonts, then copy and paste the .TTF file to it, and you will be able to use it on both word and Excel..

I found the ones on the below link the most suitable, you might want to check them out :)
http://www.free-fonts.com/font/dot.html

Hope this helps


2014-06-23 19:06:24

Sam

Thanks man, I found what I needed.. You have saved me and everyone else a lot of efforts!
Thanks once again


2014-01-23 13:49:10

tsheringtdor

how to make dotted letters in excel or word

kindly guid me


2013-02-15 07:57:21

martin

how to make dotted letters in excel or word

kindly guid me


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