Did you know that you can download fonts from the Microsoft Store? If not, it’s a pretty forgivable thing to miss; it was added in a recent update with very little fanfare or announcement. Regardless, it’s a useful feature for easily grabbing some more fonts for your Windows machine. Right now it’s still relatively new, so the range of fonts available isn’t stunning; however, as it fills up over time, you’ll have more and more fonts at your fingertips without needing to visit third-party sites.
How to Access the Font Store
To access the store, first click on the Start button, then click on the cog on the left to access the Settings page.
Find and click on “Personalization.”
On the left bar in the Personalization window, click on Fonts.
At the top of the window, click on “Get more fonts in Microsoft Store.”
The Microsoft Store should open and automatically redirect itself to the font page. There you’ll see a selection of fonts available. At the time of writing, you have thirteen fonts you can pick from. Most of them are free, and some of them require a small charge to download.
When you see a font you like, click on it. You’ll be taken to a store page related to your selected font. If you’re not fussed about the details and just want to grab it, click the “Get” button on the right-hand side to download the font. Just make sure you check the cost of the font, else you might make accidental charges to your bank account!
If you’d like to know more about the font, you can scroll down to the info pane. The “Overview” section gives you some background information on the font. It will also go into detail on whether the font comes with any derivatives, such as bold and italic variants.
If the font has any screenshots, you can check them out below the description. This is useful for making a decision on whether a font is for you. Some fonts will show their derivatives in a screenshot, too.
If anyone has left a review for the font, you can find out what they think in the “Reviews” tab.
Downloading a Font
Actually getting a font is surprisingly easy. Once you click the blue “Get” button, Windows handles everything for you. This includes getting the license, downloading the font, and installing it onto your PC.
Once it’s done, there’s nothing more to do; it’s all installed and ready! If you want to use it in an application that was open during installation, you may need to reboot it to see your new fonts in the font list.
Removing the Font
If you fall out of love with a font, go back to the font page where you clicked on the store link. Click on the name of the font you want to remove to open its details page. Scroll down to the “metadata” section, and click the “Uninstall” button.
The ability to download fonts from the Microsoft store arrived on Windows 10 to very little fanfare. It’s a shame because it’s a genuinely-great feature that removes the need to visit third-party sites and manually install fonts. One click of a button, and a font is installed and ready to use.
Do you think the Microsoft font store has a lot of potential? Or do you prefer visiting other sites for your fonts? Sound off in the comments below!
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