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How to fix installed fonts not showing on Windows 10

Installing a font on Windows 10 is easy; it takes little more than copying a file to the right folder. Fonts can also be installed directly from a font file. All you have to do is right-click the file, and select the install option in the context menu.

A font is installed system-wide which means that every single app will have access to it unless of course, it’s a font type that the app doesn’t support. For example, you cannot use all types of fonts in the Command Prompt. Only a specific type is accepted by the app.

Installed fonts not showing on Windows 10 [FIX]

1. Restart app

When you install a font, it is automatically detected by all apps. The font selection tool in an app will list it however if you don’t see the font there, close and open the app again and then check the font tool. The newly installed font will show up.

2. Check other apps

It’s possible that the font you’ve installed isn’t compatible with the app you want to use it in. To check if a font has installed correctly, see if it shows up in other apps.

  1. Open the Start Menu and go to the Apps list.
  2. Expand Windows Accessories.
  3. Open WordPad.
  4. Open the font selection tool, and check if the newly installed font appears.
  5. If the font is listed, it is possible the app you’re trying to use it in doesn’t support it. Check the app’s font specifications and try a different font.

3. Reinstall font

Fonts are easy to install but that doesn’t mean the installation can’t go wrong. If it does, the simplest thing to do is to just uninstall the font and install it again.

  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the following folder.
  1. Copy and paste the font file in the above folder.
  2. If you see a prompt asking if you want to replace a file, allow it to be replaced.
  3. You can also delete the font from the above location, and then copy it again.

4. Check font file

Check if the font file is corrupted or not. It’s possible that some of the characters, or all of them, are somehow corrupt. This happens when the font file is being rendered by whoever developed it.

  1. Download and install IrfanView.
  2. Open the font file in IrfanView.
  3. If the app is able to preview the font without any errors, the file is not corrupt.
  4. If the file does not open, or it opens but some characters do not render, there is a problem with the file. Try downloading it again, or using a different font.

5. Check font type

Font files aren’t all the same format. There are three popular font formats that are used; OpenType, TrueType, and Web Open Font Format. All three are supported on Windows 10. If your font is a different type of font, or you’ve used an online tool to convert a font to one of the supported types, it is highly likely that it won’t be detected. You will have to use a different font.

To check the font type, look at the extension of a font file.

OTF: OpenType Font

TTF: TrueType Font

WOFF: Web Open Font Format

All Google fonts are compatible with Windows 10.

6. Try a different font

The definitive way to find why a font isn’t showing up on Windows 10 is to install a new, different one. If the font you install shows up in an app, then it is highly likely that the one you installed and meant to use originally is the problem.


Fonts come in all sorts of variations and there are thousands to choose from. If the font you want to use isn’t working in a particular app, or you can’t find a version of the font file that isn’t’ corrupt, you can always find an alternative or near alternative to it.

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