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Aug082011

A Workaround for Using OpenType Fonts with Visio

So you’ve discovered a cool OpenType font somewhere – for example “League Gothic” by The League of Movable Type

 

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So you download the ZIP file and extract the contents …

 

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And then seeing that there is only one font file there (with the extension “.otf”) you right-click to install it …

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A quick inspection of the Fonts Control Panel reveals it has been installed correctly

 

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You can even use the font in Microsoft Word 2010

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And in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

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But with Visio 2007 and Visio 2010, you can’t even select the font!

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So, what is going on?

As you can see from these links, the bad news is clear.

* Microsoft Answers: Visio 2010 not working with OpenType fonts?

* Microsoft Support: Fonts that are not TrueType fonts are not recognized by Visio 2003 and later Visio versions

Visio simply does not work with OpenType fonts onlyt TrueType. Although disappointing, all hope is not lost. An OpenType font can be converted to TrueType font.

CONVERTING OPENTYPE TO TRUETYPE

Fortunately, there is a free online resource that converts fonts: http://www.freefontconverter.com/

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Simply select Choose File

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Select the OTF file

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Then select the output format

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And click Convert

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And in your downloads folder you’ll see the TrueType version

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Now uninstall the OpenType version if it is still on your system. By going to the Fonts Control Panel and selecting Delete

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And then install the new TTF version

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Restart Visio and then create a new document and you will see that the font is now available.

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Reader Comments (10)

Thanks! Exactly the problem I had, found through a google search

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeif

Thanks for taking the time to put this up! I'm constantly amazed by the number of little annoyances that Microsoft lets slide by or actively implements.

January 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris Strasser

Awesome! An amazing workaround for using Opentype Font in Visio all vesions!

January 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaby

You're a genius. Saved my life. Thanks a million.

February 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMetalloy

You're my savior for the day!!

June 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNeerav

I got a 500 - internal server error when I tried to use http://www.freefontconverter.com/ ?

July 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

@Chris - I just checked on July 5 and it's working now

July 5, 2014 | Registered Commentersaveenr

I got the same error - any reason? chris did you get it to work?

July 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

Thanks for the workaround and the instructions.
Works with no issues.

Freefontconverter working OK as of 10/12/2014 12:40 GMT.

December 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWojna

Thank you very much!

June 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterZayoud

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