In this article, we will review a number methods you can use to uninstall (delete) a font in Windows 10. If you have a font you are no longer using, and you want to remove it, here is how it can be done.
Windows 10 comes with TrueType fonts and OpenType fonts installed out-of-the-box. They either have TTF or OTF file extensions. They support scaling and look sharp on modern displays. OpenType is the more modern format, which can support any writing script, has advanced typographic "layout" features which prescribe positioning and replacement of rendered glyphs.
Starting with build 17083, Windows 10 features a special section in the Settings app. The new section, called simply "Fonts", can be found under Personalization.
Also, you may be familiar with the classic Fonts Control Panel applet, which you could use to see the fonts that are currently installed, or to install or uninstall fonts. Instead of the classic applet, recent releases of Windows 10 offer the Fonts page in Settings, which is able to show off newer font capabilities, such as color fonts or variable fonts. A refresh of the Fonts UI to show off the newer capabilities was long overdue.
In Settings, a dedicated page for Fonts settings provides a short preview of each font family. The previews use a variety of interesting strings that are selected to match the primary languages that each font family is designed for, together with your own language settings. And if a font has multi-color capabilities built into it, then the preview will demonstrate this.
There are a number of methods you can use to delete a font in Windows 10. Let's review them.
To Uninstall and Delete a Font in Windows 10,
- Open the Settings app.
- Navigate to Personalization > Fonts.
- On the right, click on the font you want to remove.
- If the font comes with with more than one font face, select the desired font face. See the Note before proceeding.
- Click on the Uninstall button.
- Confirm the operation.
Note: If you have installed a font from the Store, removing any of its font faces will delete all font faces for the font regardless of which font face you selected.
Alternatively, you can use the classic Font applet in the Control Panel.
Uninstall and Delete a Font in Windows 10 with Control Panel
- Open the classic Control Panel app.
- Go to Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Fonts. The following folder will appear:
- Select a font you want to uninstall.
- Click on the Delete button on the toolbar or press the Delete key.
- Confirm the operation.
- Note: If you are uninstalling a font installed for all users, you will see a UAC dialog. Proceed with Administrator credentials if prompted.
Finally, fonts you have installed from Microsoft Store, can be uninstalled from Settings > Apps & features.
Uninstall a Font Installed from Microsoft Store
- Open Settings.
- Go to Apps > Apps & features.
- On the right, find your font in the list of apps.
- The Uninstall button will appear under the font name. Click on it to remove the font.
- In the next dialog, click on the Uninstall button to confirm.
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3 thoughts on “Delete and Uninstall a Font in Windows 10”
Unfortunately, both these techniques cannot be used to uninstall exactly the type of fonts you might to uninstall … like fonts for languages tou will never use … because they are all protected by the OS
Neither of these actually work. The “uninstall” button appears and is not grayed out, but nothing happens.
Something is wrong with your Windows setup.