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Microsoft KB Archive/101700

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Installing TrueType Fonts If You Don’t Have Microsoft Windows

PSS ID Number: Q101700 Article last modified on 01-24-1995

====================================================================== 6.00 MS-DOS kbsetup

The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Word for MS-DOS, version 6.0


This article describes how to install TrueType fonts for use with Word for MS-DOS if you do not have Microsoft Windows operating system version 3.1 on your computer.

NOTE: If you have Windows version 3.1, install the TrueType fonts supplied with Windows using the Windows Control Panel, then run the Word MergePRD utility to add TrueType support to your Word printer drivers. To install TrueType fonts from another Windows-based font package (such as Microsoft TrueType Font Packs for Windows), use the setup program supplied with the package.


Word version 6.0 is the first version of Word for MS-DOS to support TrueType fonts. You can add TrueType font support to your Word printer driver files using the MergePRD utility supplied with Word. If the TrueType fonts are not installed on your computer, MergePRD installs them from disk and then adds TrueType support to your Word printer driver. For more information about MergePRD, see the TRUETYPE.DOC file supplied with Word.

When MergePRD installs TrueType fonts, it uses a file decompression utility named EXPAND.EXE. You can run the Expand utility directly to manually decompress TrueType font files.

This Expand utility is different from the one supplied with Windows version 3.1 in that you cannot use wildcard characters in the command line to designate font filenames. Use the following instructions to run the Expand utility supplied with Word.

Running EXPAND.EXE to Decompress TrueType Font Files


Type the following at the MS-DOS command prompt:

  EXPAND <source> <destination>


<source> The drive, directory, and filename of the compressed TrueType font file you want to expand.

<destination> Single font file: The drive, directory, and filename of the uncompressed file with a .TTF extension.



Multiple font files: The drive and directory to which you want to copy the uncompressed font files. Example:


  Incorrect: EXPAND A:FONT*.TT_ C:\WORD6

MergePRD searches the Word version 6.0 program directory when you add TrueType font support, so you should place your TrueType font files in the Word program directory.

Although you cannot use wildcards with the Expand utility, you can type more than one filename in the <source> argument, as shown in the preceding example. When you expand more than one file, you cannot specify font filenames in the <destination> argument. As a result, the decompressed files have a .TT_ extension, and you must rename the files so they have a .TTF extension.


TRUETYPE.DOC, supplied with Word version 6.0 for MS-DOS

Word for MS-DOS “Getting Started and Printer Information,” version 6.0, pages 62-63

KBCategory: kbsetup KBSubcategory: kbfont Additional reference words: 6.00 ttf ====================================================================== ============================================================================= Copyright Microsoft Corporation 1995.