Tech Tips with Mr. Tech Savvy

Friday, February 8, 2008

Get trendy – add cool fonts to your computer

Aren't you bored with those over-used fonts that are pre-installed on your computer? Fonts like Arial, Times New Roman and other basic fonts have become too common to be considered for trendy design work. They do give a professional look, but we can always add some spicy typography to our creative artworks.

Let’s get started then. Firstly, let's get some cool fonts downloaded. Log on to any of these websites and you will find an abundance of fonts that you can download for free:

Remember to save your downloaded fonts in a convenient location, say, in new folder called "Downloaded Fonts" on your desktop.

Having fun downloading them? Go ahead, download as many as you want. But make sure you don't crowd your computer with fonts. Some programs require pre-loading your fonts which makes it slower to start up these programs. This, sometimes, becomes frustrating.

Now to install those fonts you've downloaded, do the following:

  • Open the Downloaded Fonts folder you've just created.
  • If the fonts you downloaded were “compressed” or are in ZIP files, you will have to unzip them first. Once done, you should have a list of files that are True Type Font or TTF.
  • Select all TTF files that you want to install and press Ctrl + C to copy them.
  • Now open My Computer and go to C Drive > Windows > Fonts
  • Press Ctrl + V to paste the copied files into the Fonts folder.

To check if the fonts are installed, you can try using them on any text editing or design program.

That's it. Now get creative!

Just for Geeks
Amazing facts about the word “Google” – The name came from the term “googol” meaning the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. “Google” is a verb which refers to using the Google search engine. It exists as an official word in Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. It was chosen as the “most useful word of 2002”.

Till Then... Tata ;-)

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