Allow Standard Users to Install Fonts


The Windows font system has a lineage dating back to the single-user, pre-Internet days. Fonts are stored in a central folder under the Windows directory and therefore typically require administrator privileges on the computer to install or remove fonts. On multi-user systems, a user requiring the ability to install a font for use in a document may not have such privileges.


A command-line program called regfont can be used to temporarily install a font from a standard user’s account. The user would then be able to use the font as normal, in documents and image editing software, until they remove it.


  1. Visit
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, locate the most recently dated zip file, and download it by clicking on the down-pointing arrow on the right.
  3. Once downloaded, extract the zip using 7-zip or similar software.
  4. In the extracted files, enter the bin directory, then the subdirectory for your computer’s architecture (i.e. for 64-bit systems, go into the x86_64 subdirectory).
  5. This is the location of regfont.exe, the program you will run to install the font. You can copy this to any location you’d like; if you have a folder containing fonts you’d like to install, that might be the best place for it. Alternatively, place regfont.exe in one of the system’s PATH directories.
  6. Start a command prompt, navigate to the directory containing regfont.exe (or the font, if you’ve placed regfont.exe in the PATH). Type “regfont -a <filename of font>” or simply “regfont” to get a brief explanation of how to use the program.


Fonts installed in this manner will only be accessible to the user who installed them. To keep a font installed permanently and available to all users, it must be installed by an administrator.