How to Install Dakota Handwriting Font for Free

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How to Install Dakota Handwriting Font for Free
Dakota Regular and thousands more fonts are available as free downloads. (John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Dakota Regular is a handwriting-style font by the designer Altsys Metamorphosis. It is available from multiple font-provider websites as a free download. After searching for and downloading the font file in ZIP (compressed) format, only a few steps remain to extract the file to the TTF (True Type Font) format and install it on your computer.

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Things you need

  • Internet-enabled computer

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    From a font website, such as, or, search for Dakota Regular or Dakota. Choose the font for your computer's format (Mac or PC).

  2. 2

    Click the "Download" button to download the font to your computer. A dialogue box will open informing you that you would like to download the Dakota font as a ZIP file.

  3. 3

    Save this file to your computer's Desktop rather than open it.

  1. 1

    Right-click the ZIP file. Select "Extract All" and the Compressed (zipped) Folders Extraction Wizard appears. Click "Next" twice when asked and an identically named uncompressed folder will be created on your Desktop. Click "Finish."

  2. 2

    Click "Start > Settings > Control Panel > Fonts" on Windows XP or "Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Fonts" on Windows 7 or Vista. Click "File > Install New Font." The Add Fonts dialogue box appears.

  3. 3

    Select the unzipped Dakota Regular folder from the Desktop folder in the drop-down menu in the lower-left corner. The Desktop folder is usually found by clicking "C: > Documents and Settings > Owner > Desktop."

  4. 4

    Select the Dakota Regular font name that appears in the List of Fonts window. Click "OK." The Install Font Progress window pops up momentarily, installing Dakota Regular on your Windows computer.

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    Double-click the ZIP file if you are using a Mac. This will instantly create an uncompressed folder on the Desktop with the same name as the ZIP file.

  2. 2

    Open the uncompressed folder and double-click the TTF file. A dialogue box appears.

  3. 3

    Click "Install Font" in the lower-right corner and Dakota Regular will be installed on your Mac computer.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to download the correct font for your operating system. If the website does not specify whether the font is for Mac or PC, it is most likely PC-formatted.

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