How to Install and Troubleshoot Fonts in SOLIDWORKS

Article by Tashayla Openshaw on Nov 13, 2020

Have you ever wanted to use a font in SOLIDWORKS that isn't appearing in the font list? Or have you received a file from an outside source but get this warning when opening the file? Installing the font you want or that is used in a particular file is a fairly simple process. This article will go over tips for how to install and troubleshoot fonts in SOLIDWORKS.


Font Types Used by SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS does not work with all font types, but there are two different types of fonts, True Font Type and Open Font Type, in which the software will. SOLIDWORKS primarily works with True Font Types; these font files will have the extension ‘.TTF’. This type works in part, assembly, and drawing files. 

The Open Font Type extension is ‘.OTF’. Some of these fonts can be used in part and assembly files, but not in drawings. It's best to take the safe route and stick to using ‘.TTF’ font files. 

Installing a New Font 

Once you have found the font you would like to use, download the file on your computer. Once downloaded, the file will need to be extracted (unzipped) to have access to the .TTF file. To install the font, double-click the .TTF file to open it, and there you will see the option to install. 

Installing a New Font in SOLIDWORKS

When the font is installed, it will now appear in your Windows fonts. To get there go to the Windows Control Panel (Start > Control Panel), and there will be a Font folder and the new font will appear in there.

Windows Font Folder Installing a New Font in SOLIDWORKS

Show Fonts in Windows Folder

You should now be able to use the font in SOLIDWORKS. 

Using a Downloaded Font in SOLIDWORKS

Unable to See a Font in SOLIDWORKS?

If you are unable to see the font inside SOLIDWORKS, the font file may be “hidden” in the Fonts folder. This can be checked by going to the folder (Start > Control Panel > Fonts), if the font is “hidden” the icon will appear lighter, as shown below. 

To get it to show, right-click on the file, and select ‘Show’. 

Unable to see Fonts in SOLIDWORKS

Single Line Fonts

Most machinists prefer working with single line fonts because they play nicely with CAM software and CNC machines, however, they aren’t ideal when designing parts/assemblies. These font types cannot be used to create features within SOLIDWORKS as they consist of single lines. These are things to consider when using fonts in SOLIDWORKS. 

Something to Keep in Mind

When sending someone a part, assembly, or drawing with a unique font, it is likely that they will not have the font installed on their computer. If this is the case, they will get the warning message as seen above. To avoid this issue, make sure to send the font file with your documents. 

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About Tashayla Openshaw

Tashayla Openshaw is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Engineer based out of our Headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah in 2018 and has been part of the GoEngineer family since February 2019.

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