Uncompressing (unpacking) Font Files

Prior to installing the fonts, you will need to uncompress the file you downloaded. The file will have a unique file name followed by a suffix or file extension. The file extension will differ depending on the format and platform of the font.


Windows font files are zip file archives. Zip file archives have a file extension of .zip. Recent versions of Windows (XP and 2000) can unpack zip file archives and self-extracting zip files when you right click on the file, and select “Extract”. Otherwise, use software such as TurboZip, WinZip, or FreeZip to unpack these files.

Mac OS

Mac OS font files are compressed and encoded as either .hqx or .sit files. Usually, your browser will automatically unpack these files after downloading them. By default, these files appear on the Desktop. However, if you have problems unpacking them, you can download StuffIt Expander at no charge. Once you have installed the software, you can extract the files by dragging and dropping the HQX or SIT file onto the StuffIt Expander application (rather than double clicking on the file). This also works with .sea files.

The file I downloaded does not unpack. What can I do?

Make sure you have downloaded the latest version of WinZip , TurboZip, or FreeZip, or, for Mac OS, StuffIt Expander. Or, the file may not have downloaded properly: Go to your account and download the product package again.

One download, two font files... What to do.

After uncompressing a font package, you may receive both a PostScript Type 1 and TrueType version of the font or an OpenType version of the font (depending on what you ordered). For those receiving both the PostScript and TrueType versions, it is only necessary to install one version. We recommend that you install the PostScript Type 1 font if you use Adobe Type Manager software and print to PostScript output devices. If you use fonts primarily in Microsoft applications (Microsoft Office, etc.) or are installing fonts for the first time, we recommend that you install the TrueType font.

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