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Windows 10 is Getting New Fonts, Icons, and Redesign

Microsoft is taking steps toward giving Windows 10 the refreshed design it has long needed.

On the same day that new system icons Windows 10 were spotted, the company detailed a modern new font that it is now planning to roll out in the operating system.

The newly spotted icons and font build on what Microsoft previously introduced to start the year, but this time reach a bit deeper into Windows 10. Fresher, previously unseen icons for common things like hibernation mode, networking, or even floppy drives can be found in the shell32.dll files in the latest Windows 10 Dev Channel preview builds, according to one Reddit user.

As for the new font, Microsoft is updating the Segoe UI Variable in Windows 10. Now in testing with Windows Insider beta users, Microsoft says this is a fresh new take on the classic Segoe font. The font is more legible in small sizes and also has improved outlines. For now, it’s included as part of Windows 10, but the adoption will be ongoing. This means you’ll see it across all areas of the operating system over time. A preview of what it looks like can be seen below.

These icons are more consistent and build on Microsoft’s Fluent Design language, moving away from the flat and less colorful icons largely left over from Windows 95, Windows XP, and Windows 8. Whenever these icons roll out in areas of future versions of Windows 10, you’ll likely see them in places like the Device Manager, or even in My Computer — right where the older icons were once present.

Right now these icons and fonts are only being beta tested with Windows Insiders. Rumor has it this could roll out in the second half of this year, in what’s currently code-named amongst enthusiasts as the Windows 10 Sun Valley Update.

Microsoft’s annual developer conference, Build 2021, is coming up, and it is believed that more light could finally be shed on this update then. There’s also the chance that a separate breakout news event focused on “What’s next for Windows” could reveal more about this, too.

Microsoft Surface and Windows chief Panos Panay hinted at such redesigns and overhauls in Windows at Microsoft’s last conference, where he said “it is going to be a massive year.“

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How to Install Fonts in Windows 10

Sometimes, the default fonts supplied in the latest version of Windows 10 just don’t cut it. Times New Roman and Arial fonts are timeless, but you might want something with a little more pizzazz.

There is a font for every taste, personality, and occasion, so you have plenty of options to obtain the perfect fonts for whatever mood or setting you want to convey. On the other hand, you are free to eliminate fonts that don’t suit your taste to make room for the ones you want to download. You can visit the Microsoft Store to explore the vast array of fonts available.  

 If you work exclusively with Adobe Photoshop, we have a guide for installing fonts on that platform, too.

How to install fonts through the Microsoft Store

You can always add fonts to your collection via the Microsoft Store. Here’s how.

Step 1: Open the Windows 10 Settings menu, click on Personalization, and then click on the Fonts tab.

You’ll then see a link to Get More Fonts in Microsoft Store. Click that, and then download your desired font, just as you would an app, to have it automatically install and appear in the Settings menu.

As an alternative, you can also manually download a font from a website of your choosing and install it. Steps 2 and 3 will discuss how to install fonts from outside the Microsoft Store.

Step 2: Once downloaded, the font may or may not be packed into a zip file. If it’s zipped, right-click on the file, select Extract All, and then follow the instructions to put the font into a folder of your choosing.

Step 3: After extracting the file (or accessing it at its download destination), right-click on the file and select Install. That’s it!

Note: You can install either TrueType (.ttf) or OpenType (.otf) font files.

How to install fonts using drag and drop

how to install fonts in Windows 10

If you’d rather do things manually, you can use the old-school drag-and-drop method that requires two open windows.

Step 1: Download your font as in the instructions above and extract it from its zip file if required.

Step 2: Navigate to the search box on the taskbar, type Control Panel, and click the corresponding result.

Step 3: With the Control Panel open, navigate to Appearance and Personalization, and click on Fonts in the main window.

Step 4: Once your font library loads, simply drag your new font from the destination location in File Explorer into the font window. A small progress bar will show up as it’s installed. Once complete, the font is ready to use.

Note: Windows 10 also lets you drag and drop your new font files to install them via the Settings menu. Just open the Settings menu, navigate to the Fonts section of the Personalization menu, and then drag your font files over to the dotted rectangle beneath Add Fonts.

How to delete fonts

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You might end up with more fonts than you need, or you might want to get rid of a few fonts. Deleting them is simple.

Step 1: Pull up the Windows 10 search bar and type in Control Panel. Select the result.

Step 2: Select Appearance and Personalization, then select Fonts. 

Step 3: Either scroll through the list until you find the font in question or search for it using your keyboard. Select it, then click Delete from the top bar menu. Or right-click the font and choose Delete from the resulting pop-up menu.

Step 4: The program will ask you to confirm. Select Yes, and the font will be erased from the system.

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