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 Installing Microsoft Windows fonts on Linux Mint

This is a novice guide to installing commonly used Microsoft Windows fonts like Arial and Calibri.

Note that the installed fonts will only be accessible under the user account that was used for this method, so this method is best-suited for personal systems with one or very few users. For a method that enables system-wide access, follow this tutorial.

You must have access to your Microsoft fonts from Linux Mint. Any true type font (ttf) should work. If you are dual-booting Windows, and Linux Mint detects your Windows partition, you can access the fonts from Menu --> Computer, double-click your Windows partition and browse to /Windows/Fonts.


  1. Navigate to the folder where your Windows fonts are installed.
  2. Select all the fonts by click-dragging or selecting each font while holding down the Ctrl button.
  3. Right-click your selection and click "Open With Font Viewer".
    • Note: a window will be opened for each font that was included in your selection, so if you selected a lot of fonts your screen may be flooded with windows.
  4. In each window that opened, click "Install Font".

Now all your fonts are available from applications, as long as you are logged into the same user account that was used during the process.


This method is entirely done via the graphical interface, and does not requiring typing commands. 

This method is not as efficient when multiple users need access to the fonts. The installed fonts will only be usable in applications from the user account that was logged into during this method. For system-wide access to your fonts, follow this tutorial.


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Created: 6 years ago.
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6 years ago

thanks for the tutorial..,
i'll try :)
6 years ago

Would you also recommend the Font Manager from the Software Manager

Although designed with the GNOME desktop environment in mind, it should work well with most major desktop environments such as Xfce, Enlightenment, and even KDE.

Font Manager currently allows the user to:

Preview installed fonts
Compare installed fonts
Easily install or remove fonts
Easily activate and de-activate installed fonts
Specify different directories to search for fonts
Group fonts into "Collections", and easily activate or de-activate groups of fonts
Export "Collections" to an archive for easy backup, sharing, etc.
Provides quick access to all GNOME font utilities.

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