How-to: Install Microsoft Windows Fonts in Ubuntu
Which is why 'Install Windows TTF fonts' always appears in those lists of "Ten things to do after installing/upgrading..."
In Ubuntu you can install Microsoft Windows fonts in several ways.
Selective Manual Copy
If you are dual-booting, or networked to a Windows install, you could copy the fonts directly from Windows.
- Create a new folder in your Ubuntu Home folder and name it “Fonts“
- Copy your Windows True Type font (TTF) files directly from Windows into the Fonts folder
- You won't want all of them, just the common ones; Arial, Georgia, Times New Roman, Verdana, Wingdings, Webdings and the like.
- Rename the folder “Fonts” to “.Fonts” to hide the folder; this is what Linux expects.
- You can either re-start Ubuntu or refresh the font-cache using the terminal command:
sudo fc-cache -fv
- You will certainly need to re-start Libre Office programs, browsers and anything else running while you did this to force a read-read of the font cache.
There is a traditional command-line method for the die-hards which will install a whole bundle of common Windows fonts.
Open a terminal and use the command:
sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer
(to open terminal go to Applications->Accessories->Terminal)
Using Software Centre (or Synaptic Package Manager)
A quick search in Software Center (or Synaptic Package Manager) for the package ttf-mscorefonts should bring up ttf-mscorefonts-installer; choose Install (in Synaptic, select mark for installation then click on Apply.) RC