Good places to find new fonts (many of them free)

By J. Carlton Collins, CPA

Q. What's a good source for some new fonts?

A. Many nice free fonts are available at 1001freefonts.com, as pictured below.

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To install any of these free fonts, click the Download button located to the right of the font you want, open the downloaded file, and then click the Install button located near the top left corner to install the new font. Thereafter you can apply this new font to your text as you normally apply all fonts.

Microsoft also offers fonts that are either free or can be purchased. To download new fonts from Microsoft to use in your Excel, Word, and other documents, search the phrase "font" in your Windows search tool and select Font preview and related settings. In the resulting dialog box, select Get more fonts in Microsoft Store to display the screen pictured below. This screen displays a dozen fonts priced from free to $4.99.

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Select the font you want, such as the Ink Draft font, click Get, and then click Install to install the font in Windows. Thereafter, this new font will display in your Excel, Word, and other application programs along with your other installed fonts, as suggested in the screenshot below.

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Google also offers dozens of free new fonts for use in webpages, 12 examples of which are pictured below. These fonts require you to copy and paste certain code into your webpages, as explained below.

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To use these fonts, visit fonts.google.com, scroll through and select the font you want to use, click the plus sign icon in the upper right corner of the desired font, click the Family Selected option in the lower right corner of the webpage, and then copy the provided HTML code and paste it into your webpage, an example of which is pictured below.

Google provides an extensive guide for using these fonts at developers.google.com.

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About the author

J. Carlton Collins, CPA, (carlton@asaresearch.com) is a technology consultant, a conference presenter, and a JofA contributing editor.

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