May be you have come across a cool Google Web Font on a website and want to use it on your PC/Mac; or may be you’re using Google Web Fonts on your blog and want to use the same font with Windows Live Writer to compile articles offline.
For those who’re not aware of Google Web Fonts, it’s a collection of hundreds of cool open source fonts at one place. As of writing this article, Google Web Fonts collection has a little over six hundred fonts.
If you have come across a beautiful Web Font and want to use it offline on your PC/Mac with installed applications such as Microsoft Office, you need to first install the font on your PC or Mac.
Sure, there are tools to install and use Google web fonts on your PC or Mac, but what most users aren’t aware that Google Web Fonts can be installed in Windows as well as Mac without the help of third-party tools.
Installing Google Web Fonts in Windows and Mac is pretty much similar to installing any other offline fonts and is relatively simple. In this guide, we’re going to show you how to download and install Google Web Fonts in Windows and Mac.
Here is how to install Google Web Fonts in Windows:
Note: This procedure works on Windows 7 as well.
Step 1: Head over to the official Google Web Fonts page.
Step 2: Use the search box search for your favourite font. Once the font you’re looking to install in Windows is in search result, click the Add to collection button.
Step 3: Next, click the Down arrow button located at the upper-right of the page to see Download fonts dialog.
Step 4: Click the option named Download the font families in your collection as a .zip file. Clicking on it will start downloading font added to the collection.
Step 5: Next, extract the downloaded .zip file onto the desktop or a new folder.
Step 6: Select all files that you got after extracting the .zip file (except OFL.txt file), right-click on them, click Install button to start installing downloaded Google Web Fonts on your PC. That’s it!
You can now use the installed Google Web Font in Notepad, Microsoft Office or any other applications.
And to uninstall a Web Font, open Control Panel, click Fonts to see all installed fonts on your PC, select the font that you wish to remove, and then click the Delete button located in the toolbar to remove the font from your PC. Good luck!
Install Google Web Font on a Mac:
Step 1: Follow the above mentioned procedure (to download and install Web Fonts in Windows), follow the instructions provided in step 1, step 2, step 3, and step 4 to download the Google Web Font on your Mac.
Step 2: Open up Fonts Book app, click the small plus located under bottom-left corner (under Collection) and enter the font family’s name.
Step 3: Now select the newly added font family name, click the plus button located under Font section to browse to the Google Web Font that you have downloaded to install the font. That’s it!