Installing Fonts in Windows XP or Eariler

A great advantage to digital scrapbooking is the ability to customize your scrapbooking pages. One great way to add a little personality to your pages is through fonts. Fonts can be used for page titles or for journaling. Many people have told me that they would love to use fun and creative fonts, but it is just too expensive and complicated!


The truth is, finding and installing absolutely fabulous free fonts is not that hard at all. Visit our Free Fonts Page for some great downloads. Then follow the steps below to get them installed.

Step 1 - Downloading the Font

Once you've found a font you like, the first step is to download the font. Each font site is a little different, but in most cases you will either click on the font itself or on a download button. Your download should start automatically. Then you can either click "Open" or "Save".

Using Your Fonts

Once your file has downloaded you will need to unzip it. This is the same process you use for opening our digital scrapbooking files. Simply click "Extract all files" under the Folder Tasks menu. The Extract Wizard will open. Click "Next" and choose the location you want to save your new fonts to. Then "Finish"

Step 2 - Installing the font

Once your font is "Unzipped" to your computer it is time to install. Click the "Start" button located at the bottom left of your screen. Then click the control panel and open the "Font" folder.  

Font File Download

With the "Font" folder open all you need to do is drag your newly downloaded font into the "Font" folder. You can also copy and paste the new font into the "Font" folder. What ever is easiest for you.

Control Panel Install

Step 3 - Using Your New Font

Now for the fun part, using your font. Before you can use you new fonts, you may have to restart you photo editing program. Then just type in what you want to say and from the font menu choose your new font. How easy is that!

Font Folder

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