How to install a font into autocad

AutoCAD generally supports two type of fonts TrueType with TTF extension and shape phông with SHX extension. TrueType is Windows native font type which comes ready-made with your windows installation but shape fonts are AutoCAD specific fonts which are installed along with AutoCAD.

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In this article, I will explain methods of installing both the types of fonts và the best practices for transferring files containing these custom fonts. You can tải về TTF and SHX fonts used in this article from this liên kết.

I have sầu created this Clip which explains this tip clearly. However, if you prefer lớn read the article instead then scroll down.


Installing Truetype Font:

To install the TrueType or TTF font simply right-click on it và select Install from the right contextual menu as shown in the image 1 below. For installing this font, you need to lớn have sầu administrator access on your PC.

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Once the phông is installed cthua kém the AutoCAD window completely & restart a new AutoCAD session, the font will now be amuốn the danh sách of fonts.

Installing Shape Font:

Installing a shape font is a little bit different from installing a Truetype phông. In this case, you need to lớn copy paste the SHX font tệp tin in the font directory of AutoCAD installation. You can find the path of SHX fonts using options window.

Type OP. on the commvà line và press enter, then select File tab và expvà the Support File Search Path tree và you will see the path where SHX fonts are installed as shown in the image 2 below.

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Go to “C:Program FilesAutodeskAutoCAD 201XFonts” thư mục where X represents the version number of AutoCAD & copy paste the SHX font tệp tin. You will need administrator privileges for copying this phông.

Once the fonts are copied restart the AutoCAD session & you will have your SHX font in the menu of AutoCAD fonts.

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Transferring files with custom font:

The fonts mentioned in the article above are installed on your local PC & when you use them in your drawing it will remain visible only on your PC. If you transfer this AutoCAD file containing custom fonts to the recipient who does not have this phông then AutoCAD will display a substituted font or it will not display text at all.

To get rid of this problem you need lớn ensure that fonts are always captured with your drawing.


You can vị that by E-transmitting your drawing with the font và if you are transferring the file as PDF then you should ensure that TTF fonts are captured in the PDF tệp tin & shape fonts are converted into lớn geometries because PDF’s does not recognize shape fonts.

To transfer the drawing with fonts, save sầu your drawing then type ETRANSMIT and press enter. Cliông chồng on transmittal setups button on the Create Transmittal window & select Modify. In the Modify Transmittal Setup window select the Include fonts kiểm tra box as shown in the image 3 below and click on OK to lớn cđại bại all open windows.

Your transmittal package will now contain any additional fonts used in the drawing.

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If you are transferring drawing using a PDF plotter then ensure that fonts are either captured in the PDF or they are converted into geometries.

To bởi this select the PDF plotter like DWG to PDF.pc3 from the Plot window và select the PDF Options button và then ensure that “Capture fonts” option is selected for TTF fonts or “Convert all text lớn geometry” option is checked for shape fonts as shown in the image below.

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