Step by step, Microsoft is going to phase out the Control Panel, and transfer all the settings to the Settings app. Windows 10 has introduced the management of fonts using the Settings app since the April 2018 update. The new version promises to be more user-friendly, even though it is a bit more limited. If you want to know how to view the fonts installed in Windows 10, how to install new fonts from the Microsoft Store, or remove fonts when you no longer need them, read this tutorial:
How to view and browse the fonts installed in Windows 10
Select Fonts on the left side of the window. On the right side, you see all the fonts installed in Windows 10. Click or tap on the font for which you want to see more details. You can also use the search box on the top to type the name of the font that you want to view, and then click/tap on the appropriate search result.
After selecting the font, you are shown examples of text using that font. You can use the text box at the top with the message “Type here to preview font” to enter your text.
If you have chosen a font family, you get a drop-down menu with all the font variants in the family. The Metadata section is updated based on the font selected in the drop-down menu.
If the font you select is a variable one, the font details window show an additional link named Variable font properties. Click on it.
The variable font properties window has two drop-down menus. The first menu shows the design variations that make up a font family. The second menu shows the Axes of variation. It means that besides the design variations, the font allows full flexibility so that it can produce any other variation that is needed. The same as in the previous window, you have a text box where you can introduce your text to check the results of your variations.
After viewing the properties of a font, click or tap the Back arrow on the top.
How to install a font in Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store
When you open the font section in the Settings app (navigate to Settings → Personalization → Fonts), Microsoft announces at the top of the page that Microsoft Store is the place to look for more fonts. Click or tap on the link that says: “Get more fonts in Microsoft Store.”
Microsoft Store opens at the Fonts section. For the time being the list of fonts available is rather small. Identify the font that you want to install and click or tap on it.
The font’s page starts with a short description. If the font is not free or bought already, you may have to go through a purchasing process. In this case, you see a Buy button instead of Get.
Before we proceed with the Get (or Buy), you may want to have a closer look before deciding to install the font in your Windows 10 system. Scroll down and you get to see the font variants (named Styles in Microsoft Store) included in the font’s installation.
Further down on the page, you get a couple of screenshots that feature the font. When you decide to install the font, click or tap the Get button (it conveniently moves to the top-right corner when you scroll down). A download progress bar appears at the top of the page. When the installation is done, you get a notification and the acquisition button changes to Manage.
When you click on it, it takes you back to the fonts section in Settings where you can check the newly installed font.
How to remove fonts in Windows 10
To uninstall fonts, you need to enter the font management section in the Settings app. Navigate to “Settings → Personalization → Fonts.” Identify in the font one you want to eliminate and click or tap on it. In the font details window, click or tap the Uninstall button.
Confirm the uninstall action and the font is removed.
For a font family where you have multiple fonts bundled together, you need to select the right font from the drop-down menu before you press uninstall. If you want to uninstall the whole family, you have to do it one by one for each font variant.
How to access other font settings in Windows 10
There are a couple of settings in Windows 10 related to fonts that did not make it to the Settings app. They are still found in the Control Panel. One of the settings relates to the possibility of hiding installed fonts. The concept is that you can keep a font to display any text formatted with it, but you cannot use it anymore (once hidden) and apply it to new texts. You can do this for individual fonts, or you can hide fonts based on language settings. The management of the Control Panel settings in Windows 10 is identical to the one in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. We recommend that you read How to work with fonts in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
How do you like the font management in Windows 10?
The same as all the other settings in the Control Panel, font management has started to find its way into the Settings app. The look and feel match the Fluent Design used by Microsoft for Windows 10, although the way the fonts work is quite similar to the past. Also, Microsoft Store shows up weakly as a contender in the font repository space. Before closing this tutorial, tell us how do you like the font management in Windows 10? Do you prefer the old way of managing fonts? Let us know in a comment below.