How to Copy Mac Fonts onto a PC

By Cory Birdsong

Font files are some of the most annoying and unwieldy files you will ever have to deal with on a computer, and moving them between computers and operating systems can be an exercise in frustration. Here's some information about the process of moving fonts between Mac OS X and Windows computers.

Things You'll Need

  • Mac OS X computer
  • Windows computer
  • USB thumb drive or other removable storage

Copying from the Mac

Step 1

Connect your USB thumb drive or other removable storage option to your Mac.

Step 2

Open \"Font Book\" in your computer's applications folder.

Step 3

Select a font you want to move and click on the \"File\" menu.

Step 4

Choose \"Reveal in Finder.\"

Step 5

Copy all the fonts in this folder you'd like to move to the USB thumb drive or other storage device.

Step 6

Eject the USB thumb drive or other storage and move to your Windows computer.

Adding Fonts to Windows 7

Step 1

Connect the USB thumb drive or other storage to the Windows computer.

Step 2

Navigate to the font files using the \"My Computer\" link in the Start Menu.

Step 3

Right-click on each font file and choose \"Install.\"

Adding Fonts to Windows Vista or XP

Step 1

Click the \"Start\" button in the lower left corner. On Windows Vista, it has a Windows logo, but no \"Start\" text.

Step 2

Choose \"Run.\"

Step 3

Type, or copy and paste, \"C:\\Windows\\Fonts\\\" into the \"Run\" box's text field, then press \"OK.\"

Step 4

Click \"Start,\" click on \"My Computer,\" then open your USB thumb drive or other storage solution.

Step 5

Drag the fonts from the USB thumb drive window into the Fonts directory.

Tips & Warnings

  • Mac OS X fonts without a file extension cannot be copied to a Windows computer.