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Windows - Check to See if Font Is Installed

On Windows it is fairly involved to see if a font is actually installed. You could go to Microsoft Word and see if you can use the font, but that only says the font is installed for that user. The proper way is to check the System Registry.

You DO NOT want to alter the registry, but the program you will use is capable of that. Just make sure you make any changes and don’t save any of the changes that you did not make.

From the Windows Start Button “Type here to search” field in the lower left (usually) of Windows screen, type “regedit” and hit enter.

Run RegEdit

This will bring up the Registry Editor. You will need to navigate to “Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts” by clicking through those items in order. Note: It is “Windows NT” not “Windows” that you will select after “Microsoft”. This is for historical reasons but can easily cause problems.

This will bring up the listing of all the fonts that have been installed. You should always install fonts using “Install for all users” and not just for a particular user since processes may be owned by someone other than the current interactive user.

If the font is listed, then it is installed properly. If not, go back and install using “Install for all users”.

Is the font listed

Last updated on 18 May 2020
Published on 18 May 2020