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How to Add Fonts in SOLIDWORKS

If you open a SOLIDWORKS file that uses a non-standard Windows font or would like to use a non-standard font for branding purposes which is not installed on your computer, then a message will display indicating the document uses a font which is not available. The message includes choices to either select a new font or have SOLIDWORKS apply a temporary replacement font for your session. 

 

Luckily, if you have the font files, Windows has made it easy to install new fonts. 

How to Add Fonts in SOLIDWORKS

Types of Fonts

SOLIDWORKS will only work with True Type fonts with extension ‘.TTF’. Open Type fonts will not work with SOLIDWORKS, even if you install them in Windows. 

Adding New Fonts to Windows

There are many websites which offer free and paid font types. Please use your discretion when downloading files from the internet. We recommend requesting the font file from the user who provided you with the file. That way you know you are installing the exact same file. 

 

To view the fonts installed on your computer, navigate to Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Fonts. 

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Download and unzip the new font file (.TTF) and then double-click the file as shown in the example below. 

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The file will open to a preview window. In the upper left corner, click the Install button to install the font to Windows. Alternatively, you can simply right-click the file in File Explorer and then select Install from the list. 

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Once installed, the font will be available in Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Fonts and any installed software with text features, including SOLIDWORKS. 

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Test opening the file to verify the warning message no longer displays and the newly installed font is available in any text dropdown. 

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