There are specific fonts that are considered almost universal for many purposes. Consider the following list:
- Times New Roman
- Arial Black
- Comic Sans MS
- Courier New
You don’t have to be a font geek (insert Brick Heck whispering “font geek” here) to know any of the above fonts. They aren’t just popular, they are used across the board for so many things. Imagine a world without Times New Roman or Arial? Shudder.
I do understand the popularity of both of those fonts. I would venture to say that if you’ve ever collaborated with someone on a document, you’ve come across either Arial or Times New Roman. And even though MS Office defaults to the Calibri font, many users opt to go with one of the more familiar choices.
If you use Linux, however, you won’t find any of the above fonts installed by default because of licensing. The popular fonts we discussed above are owned by Microsoft. The Linux operating system can’t offer them out of the box because users must first agree to the end-user license agreement before those fonts can be installed and used.
Fortunately, installing the Microsoft Core Font family is very easy to do on most Linux distributions. Once you’ve installed the proper package, you’ll then have access to those seven key fonts.
But how do you install them? Let me show you.
How to install the Microsoft fonts
What you’ll need: The only things you’ll need are a running instance of Linux and a user with sudo privileges. I’ll show you how to do this on Ubuntu-based distributions, Fedora-based distributions, and Arch-based distributions.
sudo apt install ttf-mscorefonts-installer -y
During the installation, you’ll have to agree to the license. To do that, tab to OK, and hit Enter on your keyboard and then tab to Yes, and hit Enter.
When the installation completes, you should then have access to the new fonts.
sudo dnf install curl cabextract xorg-x11-font-utils fontconfig -y
Next, you can install the required file with the command:
sudo rpm -i https://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/mscorefonts2/rpms/msttcore-fonts-installer-2.6-1.noarch.rpm
sudo yay -S ttf-ms-fonts ttf-vista-fonts ttf-office-2007-fonts ttf-win7-fonts ttf-ms-win8 ttf-ms-win10 ttf-ms-win11
You should now have access to the regularly used Microsoft fonts on Linux.
Congratulations, collaborating on documents should now be even easier.