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Font of Knowledge – Finding and Installing System Fonts

We are excited to announce several updates here at Dotto Tech. Not only has the new website been launched, if you are reading this, you are here! What do you think? Additionally, we have a new demo station set up and we can now deliver Dotto’s Demos in both a Windows and a Mac environment! Woohoo! Onto our first demo in the new Windows and Mac hybrid. We are going to be talking about fonts. Steve will be sharing a handy tool to use that will allow you to identify the name of a font you see online, a free resource for downloading fonts, and how to install fonts on both a Mac and Windows environment.
 

How to Identify a Font Online

Have you ever been on a web page and really liked a font you come across and wondered what font it is? There’s a tool for that! WhatFont, the easiest way to determine fonts on web pages. It is available in Chrome as a browser extension. Chrome_Web_Store_ _whatfont   Once the extension is installed you will see it located in your browser bar in the upper right-hand side. whatfontoffWith a toggle like function, when you are on a site and want to identify a font, you will click on the icon in your browser bar to activate WhatFont. You will know you have turned WhatFont on when you see the “Exit WhatFont” option. whatfonton 1 Now that you have it turned on and ready and start moving your cursor over the page, any text that you hover over, the name of the font will be displayed. Yes, it really is that easy. Warning: WhatFont works on many sites but does not seem to work on every site we tested it on.
 

How to Download Free Fontsfont squirrel search free fonts

Why would you want to discover the name of a font if you can’t use it? There is a tool for that too! Font Squirrel. Tell Font Squirrel which font you are looking for and it will search the internet for free, high-quality fonts available, many times it will return the exact font you are searching for. Click on the font you choose and you will have the option to “Download TTF”, TTF simply stands for the file type used for fonts. Click on “Download TTF” to save the file to your computer.
 

How to Install a New Font

 

How to Install a Font on a Mac

  • Locate the file you just downloaded, it will be stored as a .zip file
  • Open up the file and select the various faces you want to install and right-click
  • Choose “Open With” then Font Book
  • Choose “Install Font” in the Font Book and it will be installed on your Mac for your use
 

How to Install a Font in Windows

  • Locate the file you just downloaded, it will be stored as a .zip file
  • Double-click on the file to unzip
  • Open the file and double click to activate the install option
  • Click on “Install” and it will install that particular face
  • To install multiple faces, you will need to click each one separately
 
There you have it, delivered in the new hybrid Mac/Windows demo. How to identify cool new fonts you see on other web pages, how to download many of those fonts for free, and how to install the new fonts so you can use them for your own design needs. Until next time … have fun stormin the castle!

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