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Windows 7 - How to Manage Fonts

Among the many things that are easier in Windows 7 than many previous editions of Windows is managing the fonts on your system. In older editions of Windows, it could sometimes be confusing, especially for novice users, what to do with a font file that they downloaded. The follow steps will explain how to install a font in Windows 7 as well as how to preview all of the fonts installed on your operating system.

1 – Installing a Font
Download your preferred font from the Internet and navigate to the folder that you downloaded it to. Simply right-click on the font and click "Install." The font will install within a few seconds and you should be able to select it in any word processing program. Note that some programs may require that you restart them before any newly installed fonts will appear.

2 – Managing Your Fonts
Go to the "Appearance and Personalization" section of the Control Panel. Underneath the "Fonts" section towards the bottom of the window, click on "Preview, delete or show and hide fonts." In the next window, you should see a list of thumbnail previews of every font installed on your computer. You can get a full preview of a selected font by right-clicking on its thumbnail and going to "Preview."
Windows will, by default, only display fonts which are compatible with your computer's current language settings. For languages with different alphabets, their font previews will be faded, although you can unhide them by right-clicking on the thumbnail and clicking "Show."
Be careful when deleting fonts. Only delete fonts that you specifically remember installing yourself. Do not attempt to uninstall system fonts such as "Arial" and "Courier" amongst others.

3 – Changing Font Size and Optimizing Appearance
Clicking the "Change font size" option in the left-hand side of the window will bring you to a new screen in which you can change the size of all text displayed on your monitor. This can be particularly useful if the native resolution of your monitor makes it difficult to view text comfortably because it appears too small.
You can choose to make the text 25% larger, but you'll then need to log off and log back in again after clicking "Apply." On the left, there's also an option allowing you to select a custom text size.
You can also optimize the appearance of the text display on your screen by using the "Adjust ClearType text" option on the left-hand side of this control panel screen. Doing so will bring up a 4-step wizard in which you will need to select the image of the text which looks best to you.


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