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How to manage Fonts settings on the Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Windows 10 comes with a large selection of fonts to add more style to your work, but if you want to add your own fonts the process has changed with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803). Instead of being managed through the old Control Panel, the Settings app is the new home for fonts management, now found under the Personalization section. It still allows you to add and remove font families, and now you can preview fonts in different colors and use OpenType Variable fonts.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to download and install fonts from the Microsoft Store, and you'll learn the steps to remove fonts using the Settings app available starting with the April 2018 Update.

How to add a new font family on Windows 10

The installation process of a new font family using the Microsoft Store is a straightforward process, just follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click on Fonts.
  4. Click the Get more fonts in the Microsoft Store link.

  1. Select the font you want.

  1. Click the Get button.Quick Tip: You can always read the description and view the screenshots to learn more about the font family before installation.

After completing the steps, the font family will install and appear in the Fonts settings page. If you can't find the font, you can use the search box or filter menu to sort the list.

How to remove a font family on Windows 10

If you no longer need or you installed to wrong font family, the settings page also includes an option to quickly uninstall fonts.

To uninstall a font family with the April 2018 Update, do the following:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click on Fonts.
  4. Select the font you want to remove.

  1. Under "Metadata, click the Uninstall button.

  1. Click the Uninstall button again to confirm.

It's worth noting that while you have control over which fonts you can have on Windows 10, some font families are system-protected, and you won't be able to delete them.

How to download all supported fonts on Windows 10

It's also possible to download fonts for all the supported languages at once using these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click on Fonts.
  4. In the right-pane, under "Related Settings," click the Download fonts for all languages link.

  1. Click the OK button to confirm the download.

After completing the steps, you're not going to see any download progress, but after a few moments, you'll start noticing additional fonts on this page.

Only use this option if it's really necessary, as downloading more fonts will take some space in the hard drive, and you may not be able to remove them later.

How to preview fonts on Windows 10

In addition to the initial settings page, the experience also provides a details page with additional information and preview tool.

To get to a font preview, do the following:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click on Fonts.
  4. Click the preview of the font family you want to see more details.

The preview page for fonts is divided into two sections. The one in the top, includes a box to input some text to view how letters look on every available font face (regular, bold, italic, etc.). Also, you'll find a slider to preview the text size as necessary.

Then there's the "Metadata" section at the bottom of the page that displays important details about the font face, such as its full name, the path to the file, version, supported languages, licensing, and more. (You can use the drop-down menu to view details about the other font faces as well.) As mentioned in the instructions above, from this section, you can also uninstall the font family as required.

If you're a web developer or typographer previewing an OpenType Variable font family, such as Microsoft's Bahnschrift, inside of the page, you'll also find a link, under "Metadata," to access additional properties.

In the Variable font properties page, you have a number of tools to view axis details and preview other font variations only available on OpenType Variable fonts.

Wrapping things up

Alongside the new fonts page in the Settings app, just like before, it's still possible to manage fonts using Control Panel. However, these are now the recommended steps as Microsoft will eventually fade out Control Panel from Windows 10.

Finally, while it's not recommended to install fonts from other sources, if you already have the font family (such as those available from Adobe), you can simply double-click the file to install it.

More Windows 10 resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10, visit the following resources:

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

6 Comments
  • The new Font settings don't work right for me. I already had a lot of fonts installed before updating to 1803. Some of these fonts don't show up in the new Font settings, but they are still there in the control panel/fonts list. And if I install a new font from the Store it won't show up in the old control panel. So now I have to use two different settings to manage my fonts. Is that a know problem?
  • It is all mucked up by all accounts, some fonts can only be changed via the control panel and others via the settings, what a mess up.
  • I can see that they need to make some adjustments to make sure fonts that were previously installed are properly shown in the new fonts menu, but man it looks really nice. I love they are slowly but surely moving things to the new settings menu. It looks fluid as well. Im excited to see some of the other control panel areas make it into the new menu.
  • Out with Control Panel, In with Settings. I dig it.
  • It's impossible to see the full listing for the font, this is important for symbol type fonts. I have a few I use and it was a struggle to find the k =a tree on a design I was going the other night.
  • So, where is the old system setting that allowed personalization across the OS? You know, the fonts for the icons, the size of the title bar, and all the little things that made stuff personal? Making displays larger or smaller doesn't really cut it.