Frequently asked questions

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How to install a font under Windows?
How to install a font under Mac OS?
How to install a font under Linux?
How to uninstall a font under Windows?
How to uninstall a font under Mac OS?
How to uninstall a font under Linux?
Why the fonts don't show up in emails / messengers?
How many fonts can be installed?
Why are some characters / glyphs missing?
How can I see all characters included in a font?
Can I use freeware fonts for my commercial work?
How do I use international fonts in Windows?
What does it mean to embed a font?
How to use a new font with a software?
Can I download all fonts in a single .zip?
Are all fonts free of charge?


How to install a font under Windows?

When .zip file downloaded, double-click it to open. Then ether click "Extract all files" or simply drag and drop them to desired location. In case the .zip file includes more than one file, mark all files using your mouse or by holding down the CTRL key and selecting fonts you want to unzip.

In case you can't open the .zip file, please download and install WinZip.

Windows 7 / Vista
Select the font file(s) and right-click > Install

Older Windows
Copy the font file(s) into Windows font folder (usually C:\WINDOWS\FONTS or C:\WINNT\FONTS depending on the Windows version).

You may reach the font folder also using:
Start > Settings > Control Panel > Fonts
or
Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Themes > Fonts


How to install a font under Mac OS?

You'll need to use Stuffit expander or a similar utility to unzip the .zip file downloaded.

Mac OS X 10.3 or above (including the FontBook)
Double-click the font file and hit "Install font" button at the bottom of the preview.

Mac OS X
Ether copy the font file(s) to /Library/Fonts (for all users), or to /Users/Your_username/Library/Fonts (for you only).

Mac OS 9 or earlier
You have to convert the font file(s) you have downloaded. Drag the fonts suitcases into the System folder. The system will propose you to add them to the Fonts folder.


How to install a font under Linux?

Copy the font file(s) to USR/SHARE/FONTS or to FONTS:// in the File manager


How to uninstall a font under Windows?

1. Start > Settings > Control Panel > Fonts
2. Select one or more fonts you want to uninstall
3. Hit the delete key or click "delete" in the upper menu


How to uninstall a font under Mac OS?

1. Launch Font Book (located in /Applications/) and use the Search function to find the font you want to delete
2. Select the font to remove and either right-click on it and select "Remove 'Fontname' Family" or choose the same option from the File menu
3. Confirm the removal of the font


How to uninstall a font under Linux?

1. First of all open /etc/fonts/fonts.conf to check where's your local font directory
2. Navigate to your local font directory and remove fonts you want to remove


Why the fonts don't show up in emails / messengers?

Your correspondent can only view the fonts installed on his computer. If the font used is not installed on his computer, the font will be replaced by a default font.


How many fonts can be installed?

When fonts used, they have to be loaded in your computer's memory. The more fonts you have, the more memory is being consumed – which is slowing down the system. If you have 1000s of fonts, it's better to install a font manager, where you're able to activate just those fonts you really would like to use.


Why are some characters / glyphs missing?

Some font authors do not fill out the whole character map. Because of that, their font may not support accents, numbers, upper or lower characters. It's simply up to the author what characters / glyphs is he going to support.


How can I see all characters included in a font?

To check what characters / glyphs are supported, simply go to the font details page at Fonts2u and take a look at the character map table. You may even browse thru different character maps supported. Just use the select box above the character map table to navigate.


Can I use freeware fonts for my commercial work?

Freeware fonts can be used commercially or non-commercially without acquiring copyright permission as long as you will not profit from the use of the font. The author of the font will always retain the copyright, which refers to the reproduction, distribution, alteration and publication of the font. If you are unsure if you can use a font for a particular task the best action would be to contact the author and request the permission.


How do I use international fonts in Windows?

Many users are surprised when they download a CE or Japanese font only to see regular English characters on the screen when they start typing. To see the right regional characters, you will need to turn on the appropriate language keyboard support in the Windows Control Panel.

Installing Language Support

1. open the Control Panel from the Start Menu
2. choose Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options
3. choose Add other languages
4. depending on what language you want to use, you may need to turn on one of the checkboxes in the "Supplemental language support" section:

  • use "complex script and right-to-left" for Hebrew, Hindi, Arabic, and Thai
  • use "East Asian" for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean
  • after turning on the checkbox(es) and saying OK to the message window, click the Apply button to install the files from your Windows CD
  • click No when prompted to reboot. You don't need to yet

5. click the Details... button in the "Text services and input languages" section
6. click the Add... button in the "Installed services" section
7. select your desired language from the top dropdown list
8. click OK and keep clicking OK on each remaining Control Panel window
9. reboot

Using international fonts in your applications

Now that you have installed the language support, you should see the "Language Bar" at the bottom of your screen next to the clock area. It says EN for English. To start typing:

1. Open your desired application (e.g. MS Word).
2. Click on the Language Bar ("EN") and choose your desired language from the list.
3. In your application, select the font you downloaded from Fonts2u.
4. Start typing!


What does it mean to embed a font?

In order to ensure that others who view your documents see the fonts you chose, you must embed the font in the document. Most applications that support document creation have a feature to do this. For example, when creating an Adobe PDF, you would do this on the Fonts tab of the Job Options window. Please check the „embedding rights" (font details section) on the font detail page at Fonts2u. Some authors do not allow to embed their fonts.


How to use a new font with a software?

It is sometimes necessary to relaunch the current application to be able to use the new font. Then you may proceed as usual, the font will appear in your software's font combo-box (word processing, drawing etc.).


Can I download all fonts in a single .zip?

Unfortunately it's not possible. You may download a whole font family, but not all fonts available at Fonts2u.


Are all fonts free of charge?

Fonts available at Fonts2u are either GNU/GPL, Freeware, free for Personal use, Donationware, Shareware or Demo. Although we have indicated the license type, please make sure to double check it by reading the information shown in the details area of each font to avoid any confusion. If you are not sure, do not hesitate to contact the font author.