Free Computer Fonts

Don’t computers come with fonts, you may ask? Yes you will have got some with your machine, but when you want to do something special you could find that your fonts library is limited.

Over the years I have built up a collection of fonts. I once got a disk full of them free with a computer magazine, and I have added to them since. I don’t expect to use many of my collection in the usual run-of-the-mill documents or letters but sometimes a poster or flyer needs something extra. Over the years I have deleted some I knew I would never use.

Build up your own collection. Many free fonts are available on the web. Check out the following links for some free ones but there are many more than that if you want to browse.

I have hundreds of fonts, but I don’t install them all as I think it might slow down my OpenOffice or might cook my computer in some way. Any advice anyone?

To install extra fonts in Ubuntu is easy. You just open a file window using Nautilus your default file manager. Type in the address field, ‘fonts:///’ and press ‘return’ (or ‘enter’) and the fonts folder of your system opens up. Copy (not drag) into that folder any fonts you want to use.

Note – copy not drag. Keep your completed fonts collection folder separate so that it can be carried over to future computers, or burn it to a disk to share with friends. To choose whether to copy or drag you drag it with the middle mouse button held down (in Ubuntu, right button in Windows) then you will be asked if you want to drag, copy or create a link (short cut).

The font below is called ‘Steve’. Looks like someone with a hangover wrote it (sorry Steve).

And why not use free fonts? Like using OpenOffice, churches should be wanting to avoid needless waste of finances that could be spent on better things.

My favourite font? You’ve got me there, but I can tell you what I never use, Comic Sans. Don’t ever send me a letter in Comic Sans!

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  1. I didn’t know the right-drag trick in Windows. I’ve always used the keyboard with an ordinary left drag:

    Shift: Move (easy to remember, as you’re “shifting” the file”).
    Ctrl: Copy
    Alt: Shortcut (also easy to remember, as the main purpose of alt is for keyboard shortcuts).

    Small labels show up as your dragging in case you forget which button does what.

    I wholeheartedly agree with you about churches using OpenOffice. I try getting my own church to use it more. Of course, the financial cost isn’t an issue here as churches completely ignore copyright and just have any old copy that someone has got from work or downloaded off the Internet (yes, really).

    I’ve got them using OpenSong to show scriptures. Eventually I’ll get all the songs on OpenSong, but I need to find a moment to convert them all (from MS Word, of course).

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