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.

Transferring Fonts

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 4, 2014)

1

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.

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. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Cleaning Up a Document that Mixes Styles with Direct Formatting

Need to get rid of direct, explicit formatting applied to a document? Here's an easy way to do it using familiar Word tools.

Discover More

Adding a Tile to the Start Screen

The Start screen can serve as your launching pad for whatever programs you desire. Here's how to add tiles for your favorite ...

Discover More

Disappearing Column Formatting

Two things go into making your documents look just right: content and formatting. If the formatting seems to disappear on its ...

Discover More

The First and Last Word on Word! Bestselling For Dummies author Dan Gookin puts his usual fun and friendly candor back to work to show you how to navigate Word 2013. Spend more time working and less time trying to figure it all out! Check out Word 2013 For Dummies today!

More WordTips (menu)

Printing Show/Hide Characters

Non-printing characters are very handy to view when editing a document. But what if you want those characters to no longer be ...

Discover More

Printing Custom Properties

Do you use custom document properties? They can be very helpful, but sometimes hard to get at. This tip shows a way you can ...

Discover More

Printing Non-Printing Characters

Serious users of Word often display non-printing characters on-screen so they can see them easier. If you want those ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is three more than 8?

2014-10-14 11:19:47

Ali

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!


This Site

Got a version of Word that uses the menu interface (Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.