Windows and Windows for Workgroups copy TrueType font files to the Windows
SYSTEM subdirectory by default. Installing multiple TrueType fonts can
cause the Windows SYSTEM subdirectory to become very large.
Although the only limitation on the size of the SYSTEM subdirectory is free
disk space, you may want to reduce the size of the Windows SYSTEM
subdirectory by changing the location in which the .TTF files are stored.
The procedure below describes how to move the currently installed TrueType
fonts to a directory other than the default Windows SYSTEM subdirectory.
TrueType font files (.TTF) are used to create fonts in all point sizes at
all resolutions for all output devices. Although these files are placed in
the Windows SYSTEM subdirectory by default, you can move the .TTF files to
To move TrueType fonts to a subdirectory other than the default, use the
- List all the current TrueType fonts installed on the computer by
double-clicking the Fonts icon in Control Panel.
- Select all the TrueType fonts that you want to move and choose the
- In the Remove Font window, which asks for confirmation about deleting
<xxxx> TrueType font (where <xxxx> is the name of a selected font),
clear the Delete Font File From Disk check box and choose the Yes
- Exit Windows and change to the Windows SYSTEM subdirectory at the MS-DOS
- Move all the .TTF files selected in step 2 to the new directory
location. If, for example, all the TrueType font files are to be stored
in a newly created directory called D:\TTFONTS, type the following at
the MS-DOS command prompt:
move *.ttf d:\ttfonts
copy *.ttf d:\ttfonts
- Restart Windows and double-click the Fonts icon in Control Panel.
- Choose the Add button and specify the D:\TTFONTS directory from the
bottom of the Add Fonts dialog box. Windows will begin retrieving all
the font names from that directory.
- Disable the "Copy Fonts to Windows Directory" option by clearing the
check box at the bottom of the Add Fonts dialog box and then choose the
Select All button. Choose OK.
- Close the Fonts dialog box and Control Panel, then restart Windows.
NOTE: Since most programs install fonts in the Windows SYSTEM subdirectory
by default, any fonts added to the system at a later time also must be
manually moved with this procedure.
Article ID: 115910 - Last Review: December 6, 2003 - Revision: 2.0
- Microsoft Windows 3.1 Standard Edition
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