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How to install fonts manually on a Windows PC

The easiest way to install fonts on a Windows PC is to run the 'exe' file provided on your download page, e.g. cw1allfonts.exe or JoinitC2.exe, depending on which package you have purchased. This will take you through a wizard while it installs everything automatically.

If you prefer, you can choose to download the zip file and install the fonts manually.

Make sure that Microsoft Word is closed before you start. Unzip the files. There will be several TrueType (.ttf) files with names beginning with "CCW..." or "XCCW...".

Installing fonts on Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Right-click each unzipped font file and click install.

Installing fonts on older versions of Windows

1. Choose Start > Settings > Control Panel
Note: In Windows XP, choose Start > Control Panel

2. Double-click the Fonts icon (you may need to switch to classic view if you can't see it).

3. Choose File > Install New Font.

4. Locate the fonts you saved earlier:
  In the Drives list, select the drive where you saved the font (e.g. C, D etc.)
  In the Folders list, select the folder where you saved the fonts (double-click the folder name to open it).
  Wait a moment for the system to find your fonts.

5. Highlight the fonts you want to install then click OK.

Start Microsoft Word and your new fonts should be in the dropdown font list (their names begin with "CCW" and the list is in alphabetical order). If they don't appear try restarting your computer.

Installing the Joinit template and creating a shortcut

If you have purchased the Joinit package, you will now need to create a shortcut for the Joinit template so that it's easy to find.

Copy the Joinit template (e.g. - the name will depend on which font style you have chosen) to a safe place on your computer, e.g. you could put it in a folder in your "My Documents" folder. Create a shortcut to the template that you have just saved: Right-click, select Create Shortcut. Then drag or copy and paste the shortcut onto your desktop.

To use Joinit, double-click the shortcut on your desktop. Microsoft Word will open with a new document based on the Joinit template. The first time you use it you will probably get a message that macros are not enabled - you must enable macros otherwise Joinit will not work. Joinit uses a macro to insert the correct joins between the letters.

In Word 2003 and earlier versions you should see the Joinit toolbar floating above the page. In Word 2007 and Word 2010 the toolbar is in the Add-ins tab. Type some text (in any font - the font will be replaced), then highlight it and click one of the Joinit buttons to convert the text to joined solid, joined dotted or joined lined. If the text does not join, check your security settings as they may be preventing the macro from running.

To use the unjoined fonts with names beginning "CCW..." simply select the required font from the dropdown font menu just as you would with Arial or Times New Roman.