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Chapter 10. Font Management > Building a Font Collection

Building a Font Collection

Windows 2000 comes with a set of trustworthy TrueType fonts that will meet your needs for many occasions. Most folks get by just fine with Times New Roman, Courier New, and Arial, with maybe an occasional character from Symbol or WingDings. What else could you need? Why should you purchase or download freeware or shareware fonts? And how do you install them and choose which fonts to use in your documents? Let's look at these topics in order.

The prime reason to expand your collection of fonts is simply to make your documents look spiffier, express your message with more alacrity, or convey a specific mood such as formal, festive, or casual. Professional typographers know that readers, even unconsciously, are influenced by the fonts they spy on a page of text—whether a brochure, a business card, or even in an online document such as a technical document or Web page. The more fonts you have at your disposal, the greater likelihood you'll have one that fits the situation and conveys the message and mood you intend. In addition, looking beyond the stock Windows fonts helps you create an identifiable corporate style for your printed documents, as the typefaces you choose can become associated with you or your business in the minds of those who read your documents regularly.


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