Installing and Troubleshooting Fonts

  1. How can I install a font?
  2. How to Use OpenType Fonts in your Software
  3. Help! My fonts are getting "Cut off" in Word!


How to Use OpenType Fonts in your Software

OpenType fonts (fonts ending in OTF) typically have one or more special features and may include Stylistic Alternates, Swashes, Ligatures, etc. We highly recommend using OpenType savvy software to use these fonts. We recommend programs like Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, or Photoshop (CC introduces some new OpenType support!)

There are a couple of different ways to take advantage of OpenType features in Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop CC, using panels.

The Character Panel (Photoshop CC, InDesign)

  1. Open your Character Panel (Window > Type > Character)
  2. Opentype features can be accessed here from InDesign by clicking on the option menu on the top right corner of the panel.
  3. Use this panel to select fonts and choose from options such as smallcaps, all caps, etc

The Glyphs Panel (Illustrator, InDesign) This gives you complete control over which specific characters to choose from the font.

  1. Open your Glyphs panel (Window > Type > Glyphs)
  2. You'll see a dropdown menu on the top of the panel that says "Show" - from there, you can elect to show the entire font or a specific alternate set (such as ss01, ss02, Standard Ligatures, etc.)
  3. If you show the entire font, all the characters will be shown on a grid. You can manually select alternates for each character with a tiny triangle in the bottom right hand corner. Just click the character and you'll be able to see and select alternates.

The OpenType Panel (Illustrator Only)

  1. Open your OpenType Panel (Window > Type > OpenType)
  2. Use this panel to switch on/off ligatures, alternates, swashes, etc.


Microsoft Word and other Microsoft Office products:
Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint have limited OpenType support, which means you may not be able to make use of all of the OpenType features, but there are a few features you can use, such as ligatures and stylistic sets. This article may be helpful regarding using OTF fonts in Word.

Help! My fonts are getting "Cut off" in Word!

Some script fonts with sweeping ascenders / descenders may look "cut off" when you use them in Microsoft Word. Here are a few ways to work around this issue. First, with text selected, go to Format > Paragraph. In the Indents / Spacing tab, under Spacing -> Line Spacing. ("Single" is shown in the display)


Next, try some of these options :

  • Option 1: Select "At Least." For "At," enter the size that corresponds to the size of your font.
  • Option 2: Select "1.5 lines." This may be more effective for script fonts with large descenders or swashes.
  • Option 3: Enter a value in the "After" field that's 1-4 pt or more (for 72 pt+ font) or 2-3 pt (for a 48pt font.)
  • Option 4: Select "Multiple." For "At," enter a very small value like 1.1 or 1.05, experimenting as necessary.

Hopefully this will help you work around issues with ascenders and descenders looking cut off. You can read more about this here on Microsoft:

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