Frequently Asked Questions
How to install fonts
After you download and unpack your fonts, you need to install them.
- Choose Start > Settings > Control Panel.
- Choose File > Install New Font .
- Locate the fonts you want to install.
- Select the fonts to install (To select more than one font, hold down the CTRL key and click each font).
- Click OK to install the fonts.
Or you can just copy the fonts to the Fonts folder (C:\WINDOWS\fonts\ or C:\WINNT\fonts\).
Where I can get fonts?
There are a hundred thousand digital fonts (or more) in existence. The best place to find the one you're looking for is to search our website.
What is the name of the font in your logo?
Font used is Helvetica 25 Ultra Light. Another similar font is Swis 721 Thin.
Some of the distributors will charge money for the fonts! I want free fonts.
Some type designers give away their fonts for free, however most type designers and collectives (known as font foundries) charge money for the fonts they produce. You can search for 'free fonts' and 'commercial fonts' in our website.
How do I install TrueType fonts in Windows 9x?
Please visit following web page explaining the font installation procedure for Windows 9x: http://www.microsoft.com/typography/TrueTypeInstallWin95.mspx
Is it possible to use every installed font at the same time?
Yes. You can use all installed TrueType fonts simultaneously and you can print them in the same document.
The Find tool in Windows does not find .ttf files in the Fonts folder. Why?
The Fonts folder is a system folder and is not included in searches.
Is PostScript font information stored in the Windows registry?
No. PostScript fonts are installed by Setup programs as they are in earlier versions of Windows. PostScript font information remains in the Win.ini file.
In previous version of Microsoft Windows I could remove TrueType fonts without deleting the font files. But when I remove a TrueType font in Windows 9x, the font file is deleted from the hard disk. Is there a way to remove a TrueType font in Windows 9x without deleting the font file?
Yes, but in order to remove TrueType fonts without deleting the font files you must maintain two copies of each font file on the hard disk. The fonts in the \Fonts folder are the installed fonts, while the fonts in the other folder are available for installation but may not be active.
Follow these steps to remove a font without deleting the font file:
- Use Windows Explorer to create a folder to store a copy of the TrueType font files.
- Copy the fonts you want to remove from the Windows\Fonts folder to the folder you created in step 1.
- Use the Fonts tool in Control Panel to remove the TrueType fonts.
- If you decide to re-install a font that you have removed, you can install the font from the folder containing the font file copies. Make sure to select the "Copy fonts to the Fonts folder" option so that the font file is copied. If you do not select this option, the font file is located in only one folder and is deleted the next time you remove the font.
Is there a recommended maximum number of fonts that can be installed on Windows? I know in Windows 3.1 you weren't allowed to have that many fonts installed due to memory problems. Is this the same for Windows 9x, or can I install as many fonts at the same time as I want?
The Windows 95 Resource Kit incorrectly states that there is no limit to the number of TrueType fonts you can install in Windows 95. You can install a maximum of approximately 1000 TrueType fonts in Windows 95. The exact number of TrueType fonts you can install varies, depending on the length of the TrueType font names and filenames. Installed TrueType fonts are listed in the registry and in the Graphics Device Interface (GDI).
All font files are registered under a single key in the registry, and a registry key cannot exceed 64K. If font names average 20 characters in length and font filenames average 10 characters in length, the maximum number of TrueType fonts you can install falls between 1000 and 1500. If a TrueType font file is located in a folder other than the Fonts or the System folder, the full path to the font is included in the registry, using up more space in the key and reducing the number of fonts you can install.
The GDI contains an internal list of fonts, with 10K reserved for font filenames. If font filenames average 10 characters in length, the maximum number of TrueType fonts you can install is approximately one thousand.
I'm having problems getting fonts to embed in my documents.
Some fonts can not be embedded. Check the embedding-level of any suspect font with Microsoft's free font properties extension. If problems persist then contact the technical support people responsible for the application that exhibits the problem. If the problem relates to a Microsoft product, the information contained in Microsoft's Technical support Web site may be of help.
What is OpenType and how does it relate to Type 1 and TrueType?
OpenType, also known as TrueType Open version 2, is an extension of Microsoft's TrueType Open format, adding support for Type 1 data. An OpenType font can have Type 1 data only, TrueType data only, or both. The Type 1 data can be rasterized by a Type 1 rasterizer (such as Adobe Type Manager) if installed, or converted to TrueType data for rasterization by the TrueType rasterizer. The exact rasterization behavior will be a function of the rasterizers present in the system, and user preference.
Clearly, this new font format is a superset of the existing TrueType and Type 1 formats, which is designed to provide great support for type in print and on-screen. In addition, the subsetting and compression technology of OpenType makes the OpenType initiative especially relevant to the Internet and the World Wide Web, since it allows for fast download of type.
What's the difference between all these font formats?
This question is not trivial to answer. It's analogous to asking what the difference is between various graphics image file formats. The short, somewhat pragmatic answer, is simply that they are different ways of representing the same "information" and some of them will work with your software/printer and others won't.
At one level, there are two major sorts of fonts: bitmapped and outline (scalable). Bitmapped fonts are falling out of fashion as various outline technologies grow in popularity and support. Read more at: http://nwalsh.com/comp.fonts/FAQ/cf_3.htm#SEC8
What is "Point Size"?
In general terms, point size is a relative measure of the size of a font. It used to have a more concrete meaning in the "old days" of typeography.
In the world of Photo-typesetters and digital fonts, the distance from the top of the tallest ascender to the bottom of the longest descender is only an approximate lower bound on the point size of a font; in the Old days, it was almost always a firm lower bound, and there was warning on the exception. Read more at: http://nwalsh.com/comp.fonts/FAQ/cf_8.htm#SEC16
How can I convert my ... font to ... format?
Conversion from one bitmapped format to another is not generally too difficult. Conversion from one scalable format to another is very difficult. Several commercial software packages claim to perform these tasks, but none has been favorably reviewed by the comp.fonts community. Read more: http://nwalsh.com/comp.fonts/FAQ/cf_12.htm#SEC24
What About PostScript UNIQUEIDs?
All PostScript Type 1 fonts should contain a UniqueId. This is a number which should be, as the name suggests, unique (at least among the fonts that you download to the printer at any given time). Read more: http://nwalsh.com/comp.fonts/FAQ/cf_21.htm#SEC61
What Is Unicode?
Charles A. Bigelow notes: The authors of the Unicode standard emphasize the fact that Unicode is a character encoding, not a glyph encoding. This might seem like a metaphysical distinction, in which characters have some "semantic" content (that is, they signify something to literates) and and glyphs are particular instantiations or renderings of characters---Plato talked about this kind of stuff---but in practice it means that most ligatures are not represented in Unicode, nor swash variants, nor figure variants (except for superior and inferior, which are semantically distinct from baseline figures), and so on. Read More: http://nwalsh.com/comp.fonts/FAQ/cf_23.htm#SEC64