How to Backup Installed Fonts in Windows 10 (& Restore)

If you want to copy installed fonts from one system to the other, you can create a backup of all installed fonts in Windows. Here’s how.

Windows comes with a lot of default fonts. If you did not find the font of your choice, you can always download and install custom fonts. In fact, there are dedicated websites and services like Google Fonts which offer high-quality fonts for free. For the most part, Windows makes it pretty easy to install custom fonts. All you have to do is right-click on the downloaded font and select install. If you are downloading a font from the Microsoft Store, you just have to click the install button on the store page.

After you’ve installed all your favorite font and done setting up, you can create a full Windows fonts backup. This eliminates the need to redownload the fonts and install them manually when you reinstall Windows. Not only that but you can also copy the fonts between two systems using the same backup.

So, without further ado, let me show the steps to backup fonts in Windows.

Note: The steps shown below can be followed in Windows 7 and 8 too. It is not limited to Windows 10.

Backup Fonts in Windows

Backing up fonts is pretty. Mainly because Windows stores all the installed fonts in a single directory. So, by simply copying all the files in that directory, you are essentially backing up all the fonts in Windows.

1. First, open the Run dialog box by pressing the Win + R keyboard shortcut. In the blank field, copy and paste “C:\Windows\Fonts” and click on the “Ok” button.

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2. The above action will open the good old Fonts settings window. This is essentially a folder. However, it appears with font specific options and has a bit of makeover compared to other regular folders. Here, select all the files by pressing the Ctrl + A keyboard shortcut. Next, right-click and select the “Copy” option.

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3. Now, create a new folder on your desktop, open it and press the Ctrl + V keyboard shortcut. The fonts will be copied to that folder. Depending on how many fonts you have, it can take a couple of seconds to complete the backup process.

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That is it. You’ve successfully backed up the Windows Fonts.

Restore Fonts in Windows

After backing up the fonts, you will want to restore those fonts at one time or the other. To do that, follow the below steps.

1. Restoring the fonts is pretty easy. First, open the font backup folder. Next, select all files using the Ctrl + A shortcut. Next, right-click and select “Install for all users” option.

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2. Since some fonts might already present in Windows. If that’s the case, you will see a warning window. Here, select the “Do this for all current items” checkbox and click on the “No” button. You don’t have to reinstall already installed fonts.

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That is it. As soon as you click on the button, the fonts will be installed in Windows. To verify that, open the start menu, search for “Fonts” or “Font Settings” and click on the search result to open the font manager. Here, you should see all the fonts you just restored.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

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