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AutoCAD generally supports two type of fonts TrueType with TTF extension & shape fonts with SHX extension. TrueType is Windows native font type which comes ready-made with your windows installation but shape fonts are AutoCAD specific fonts which are installed along with AutoCAD.

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In this article, I will explain methods of installing both the types of fonts & the best practices for transferring files containing these custom fonts. You can tải về TTF and SHX fonts used in this article from this link.

I have sầu created this video which explains this tip clearly. However, if you prefer lớn read the article instead then scroll down.


Installing Truetype Font:

To install the TrueType or TTF phông simply right-click on it and select Install from the right contextual menu as shown in the image 1 below. For installing this phông, you need khổng lồ have sầu administrator access on your PC.

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Once the fonts is installed cthất bại the AutoCAD window completely & restart a new AutoCAD session, the fonts will now be among the menu of fonts.

Installing Shape Font:

Installing a shape font is a little bit different from installing a Truetype fonts. In this case, you need khổng lồ copy paste the SHX phông tệp tin in the fonts directory of AutoCAD installation. You can find the path of SHX fonts using options window.

Type OP on the command line và press enter, then select File tab và exp& the Support File Search Path tree & you will see the path where SHX fonts are installed as shown in the image 2 below.

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Go lớn “C:Program FilesAutodeskAutoCAD 201XFonts” folder where X represents the version number of AutoCAD and copy paste the SHX font tệp tin. You will need administrator privileges for copying this font.

Once the fonts are copied restart the AutoCAD session và you will have your SHX font in the danh mục of AutoCAD fonts.

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Transferring files with custom font:

The fonts mentioned in the article above sầu are installed on your local PC and when you use them in your drawing it will remain visible only on your PC. If you transfer this AutoCAD file containing custom fonts to lớn the recipient who does not have sầu this phông then AutoCAD will display a substituted fonts or it will not display text at all.

To get rid of this problem you need khổng lồ ensure that fonts are always captured with your drawing.


You can bởi vì that by E-transmitting your drawing with the phông & if you are transferring the file as PDF then you should ensure that TTF fonts are captured in the PDF tệp tin & shape fonts are converted into lớn geometries because PDF’s does not recognize shape font.

To transfer the drawing with fonts, save sầu your drawing then type ETRANSMIT và press enter. Cliông chồng on transmittal setups button on the Create Transmittal window và select Modify. In the Modify Transmittal Setup window select the Include fonts check box as shown in the image 3 below và clichồng on OK to lớn cchiến bại all open windows.

Your transmittal package will now contain any additional fonts used in the drawing.

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If you are transferring drawing using a PDF plotter then ensure that fonts are either captured in the PDF or they are converted inkhổng lồ geometries.

To do this select the PDF plotter lượt thích DWG to lớn PDF.pc3 from the Plot window and select the PDF Options button & then ensure that “Capture fonts” option is selected for TTF fonts or “Convert all text khổng lồ geometry” option is checked for shape fonts as shown in the image below.

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