How to Repair Corrupted Fonts in Windows

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How to Repair Corrupted Fonts in Windows
Fonts may have to be removed and reinstalled before they will register on your computer and work correctly. (spike font image by Adrian Hillman from

Certain fonts will work on your particular computer's operating system (and printer) while other fonts will not. Just like files, some fonts will be compatible with certain software programs. Sometimes you may have problems with fonts that don't work right or become corrupted. Fonts may have to be removed and reinstalled before they will register on your computer and work correctly. Other problems may occur during the printing process. Text may look different when it's printed than it does on the screen. If resizing the font and trying to print another file results in the same problem, you may need to reinstall the font.

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    Click on "Start," "Control Panel" and choose "Fonts" to begin the process of reinstalling fonts that you are having problems with in Vista and Windows 7. Older operating systems may require an extra step and you will need to choose "Settings" before you can select the "Fonts" folder.

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    Remove the fonts that are not working correctly by right-clicking on the correct folder or font and choose "Delete." On older operating systems, you should reboot your computer before reinstalling the font.

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    Download the font you wish to reinstall from a trusted source and save it to your desktop.

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    Right-click on the downloaded file and click on "Extract" on Vista and Windows 7. Right-click on the extracted file and click "Install." On older versions of Windows, click on "Start," "Control Panel," "Settings" and choose "Fonts." Select "Install New Fonts" and follow the dialogue box's prompts.

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    Reboot older Windows operating systems to make sure the font is registered. It may be a good idea to open a software program such as Word to see if the font works correctly.

Tips and warnings

  • If a program is open when you install a font, the program might not be able to register the font. Try closing and reopening the program to see if that helps. If the font looks different when you open a file on a different computer, some of the fonts you used might not be available on the other system. To get around this problem, you can embed some TrueType fonts into your file. Embedding a font will ensure your text looks the same no matter which computer or printer you use to view or print it. For information on how to embed a font, check the Help programs of any software you are using. Keep in mind that a font with a license restriction cannot be embedded.
  • If you are still unable to see a font correctly after reinstalling it, you may only have one of two necessary files in your font folder. Some fonts require two files to be installed in the same folder---a bitmap file for on-screen font and an outline file for your printer. If the bitmap file is missing, you can try contacting the font creator to see if you can get the right bitmap file for the font you want to install.

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