If I had a nickle for every time I was asked, “How do I install a font?“, well, I could retire.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of fonts out there. Corel WordPerfect Office, for example, ships with more than 900 fonts and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite has well over 1,000.
So, how do you install a font anyway? Actually, there are at least 3 different ways.
1. The easiest is to right-click on the font and select Install.
2. You could also double-click the font and click on the Install button.
3. Or you can drag the font to the Windows font folder.
Now, a bit of a caution here. DO NOT install them all. Microsoft Windows seems to get a bit grumpy if you do. Try to keep it under, say, 350 although there are those out there that will tell you that they have over 2,000 fonts installed and do not have an issue. In my opinion, it’s an accident looking for a place to happen.
Now I have mentioned that there are literally thousands and thousands of fonts out there, and rather than leave you to find them on your own, I thought that I might share a few links to sites where you can get some pretty cool fonts to play with for yourself.
While there are many font foundries (yup, that’s what they call them) that make high quality fonts (and some can fetch a pretty price), there are others that offer them for free. Here are just a few.
How to Identify a Font
Now, while we are talking about fonts, I would be remiss if I did not bring up What the Font. For those that do not know, What the Font is the brainchild of those font people at Bitstream. It’s a site that allows you to identify a font based on a scanned image of the type. It’s a great innovation for those that need to identify a font used in a particular job. What the Font is also accessible from within CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, versions X4 and higher.
So the next time you are looking for a cool font well…. you know what to do.