A small Tutorial on How to Install, Remove and Manage Fonts on Different Operating Systems

Although your operating system comes with a wide range of fonts, you may be attracted to the fonts that many websites offer for free or for a nominal fee which can spruce things up a bit. If you have recently discovered some terrific fonts that you want to use on your operating system, getting them installed may not be something that you are familiar with. Also, when you don’t need it anymore, you will want to remove it or just hide it.

Here is a small tutorial that helps you learn how to install, remove or manage a font.

Too many fonts can slow down your computer. Don’t delete the fonts that came with your operating system, but you can do away with the fonts you’ve installed after using them.

Having too many fonts installed can slow down all operating systems- Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.


The first step to install a font is to do it using Admin account.  To install a font on Windows, download it in OpenType (.otf), PostScript Type 1 (.pfb + .pfm), TrueType (.ttf), or TrueType Collection (.ttc) format. Right-click the downloaded font file and select Install. If the font you’ve downloaded is in archived format like .zip, .rar, etc, and extract it to a location where you can easily access it.
Your fonts’ folder carries a list of fonts you’ve installed. Open the Control Panel, select Appearance and personalization option, and click fonts to access it.

install-font-on-windows-8-or-7Another method is to hit the Windows key to open the Start menu or Start screen, type Fonts in the search bar, and click the Fonts folder shortcut that appears.
From here you can find your installed fonts. Uninstall a font by right-clicking it and selecting Delete. To install multiple fonts at once, drag and drop them into the Fonts window.

Mac OS X

To install a font on Mac OS X, download it in formats like Open Type (.otf), TrueType (.ttf), Datafork TrueType Suitcase (.dfont), or an older type of font file Macs supports, like PostScript Type. Double click on the downloaded font to preview it. This window will also let you preview any styled versions of the font that are available and tell you if it’s installed or not. This is done through the Font Book app, which can also be launched separately to manage your typefaces.
To delete a font:

  • Launch the Font Book and use the search bar to find the font you want to remove,
  • Right-click it and select Remove “Font Name” Family.
  • Confirm the removal of the font.

launch-font-book-on-mac-os-xTo add multiple font files at once, drag and drop them onto the Font Book window.


Fonts on Linux do not look great due to various reasons like the BCI patent by Apple, lack of free quality fonts etc.  However, today things have changed and now its possible to get your Linux system fonts look as good as, or even better than a Mac or windows 8 as far as fonts are concerned.
Google webfont store offers free fonts. You can download them at the following link: http://www.google.com/fonts/

folder-to-manually-install-fonts-on-ubuntu-linuxAll the fonts can be downloaded in a single zip file. Make sure you download all styles and all coding. Next extract them in the following directory.


And they will be installed.

You can install fonts manually- or install multiple fonts at once- by adding them to your user account’s fonts directory.

You will need to update your font cache before making them available in applications. Open a terminal and run the fc-cache command.

remove-font-installed-with-ubuntu-gnome-font-viewerTo delete a font, open the .fonts folder in your home directory and delete the font files from there. If you added the font with GNOME Font Viewer, browse to the .local/share/fonts directory in your home folder instead. Run the fc-cache command afterward to unregister the fonts from the system.