How to Install a New Font for Microsoft Excel

Do you want to install a new font in Excel?

Many applications come with fonts that are automatically installed with the program. Microsoft Excel is no exception and comes with many fonts that you can use across all your spreadsheets.

Although Excel comes with a large selection of fonts to choose from, you may want to install a custom font that you’ve either created yourself, or found elsewhere.

Here’s how you can add new fonts to Excel.

Free Custom Fonts Online

One of the most important aspects of any document is its font. The font sets the tone and style for your file and it is one of the first things that a reader will notice.

For this reason, it is important to choose a font that is appropriate for the subject matter and that will be easy to read.

There are many great fonts available within Excel. But sometimes it is worth investigating custom fonts that are designed specifically for a particular purpose. They can add a unique touch to your document.

Here are some of the best resources for free custom fonts you can explore.

  • Google Fonts offers a huge font and icon catalog that is open source and available to anyone for use in any project.
  • DaFont has a vast library of free fonts you can download. They are organized into categories and you can even search by keyword to find what you’re looking for.
  • UrbanFonts has both free and paid fonts to download. There are different pages for both offers so there is no confusion about which fonts are free.
  • FontSpace is a nicely designed and easy to navigate website with many free custom fonts to download.

Create a Custom Font from Your Handwriting

Are you searching for an exciting custom font?

How about a custom font that is so unique because it’s actually based on your own handwriting?

The Microsoft Font Maker Windows App makes it easy to create your very own custom fonts that are based on the nuances of your handwriting.

Simply use your digital pen to write out the alphabet and any other characters you want to include in your font. The app will then turn your handwriting into a custom font that you can install on your computer.

Next time you’re looking for a way to add a personal touch to something you’re working on, try using a personalized font that you made!

How to Install a Custom Font

Installing a new font in Excel is really easy!

  1. Go to the location in the file explorer where you downloaded the custom font. If the font is zipped, so you will need extract it first. Right click on the zipped file and choose Extract All from the options.
  1. Go to the extracted files and double left click on the file with a ttf extension.
  1. This should be opened in the Windows Font Viewer app.

This will open the Font View app and you should be able to see a preview of the font.

  1. Click on the Install button in the Font Viewer app.

That’s it! Your new font is now installed on your windows device. Close and reopen Excel and you will find the font available in the Home tab in the Font selection dropdown menu.


Adding a new font is an easy way to customize the look of your spreadsheet.

But custom fonts can only be accessed on the computer they were installed on. If you are sharing your files that use a custom font they may appear differently to others.

Other users without the font installed will see these formatted with the default Excel font.

Have you ever tried using a custom font? Let me know in the comments below!

About the Author

John MacDougall

John MacDougall

John is a Microsoft MVP and qualified actuary with over 15 years of experience. He has worked in a variety of industries, including insurance, ad tech, and most recently Power Platform consulting. He is a keen problem solver and has a passion for using technology to make businesses more efficient.


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