Zhixian's Tech Blog

2014-12-17

How to install Microsoft TrueType Core Fonts for the Web in Ubuntu

Microsoft had release some fonts for use with Internet web pages.
These fonts are generally designed to be legible on screen and hence theoretically suitable for anything viewed on screen.

Summary

  1. Installation
  2. Verify

Installation

These fonts can be installed via Ubuntu Software Center (search term: ttf-ms).

After you entered the search term, click on the item labeled Installer for Microsoft TyueType core fonts.
Click on the Install button to initiate the installation process.

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After you clicked on the Install button, an EULA (End User License Agreement) dialog will appear shortly.
Checked the check box to agree with the terms and click on the Forward button to proceed the installation process.

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After a short while, the fonts would have been installed.

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Verify

This fonts installation page will add the following fonts into your system:

  1. Andale Mono
  2. Arial
  3. Arial Black
  4. Comic Sans MS
  5. Courier New
  6. Georgia
  7. Impact
  8. Times New Roman
  9. Trebuchet MS
  10. Verdana
  11. Webdings

To check the fonts installed on your system, you can use the Font Viewer that comes with Ubuntu.
The Font Viewer can be accessed via Applications > Accessories > Font Viewer from the desktop menu.

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Note that in some cases, you may see a repeated entry as with the Andale Mono font shown below.

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This is normal.
The cause of this duplication is because in the installation folder (/usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts by default) contains links that back point to the font file.
When using font viewer to view fonts, it read the link as a separate font. Hence the double count.

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